J. KEVIN ECKERT, Chair
MARINA ADLER, Graduate Program Director
M.A., P.B.C. (Degree Types )
ADLER, MARINA A., Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; Social science methodology and statistics; cross-national gender, work and family issues; social inequality (race, class, gender) and social policy
ECKERT, J. KEVIN, Ph.D., Northwestern University; Cultural anthropology, anthropology of aging, long-term care, research design/qualitative methodologies, senior's housing and aging services
MORGAN, LESLIE A., Ph.D., University of Southern California; Aging, gender roles, family, senior living arrangements
RUBINSTEIN, ROBERT L., Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College; Cultural and medical anthropology, anthropology of aging, gerontology, gender, qualitative research methods
STUART, MARY E., Sc.D., The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health; International best practices in chronic disease management, community translation of exercise interventions for chronic diseases
CHAPIN, BAMBI, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego; Psychodynamics and child development in socio-cultural context, social and emotional relationships, mental health and illness, dissociation and trauma, trance and spirit possession, South Asia
CHARD, SARAH, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; Medical anthropology, urban anthropology, treatment seeking, social support
KALFOGLOU, ANDREA L, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Bioethics; feminist bioethics; public health ethics; public health policy; women's health; reproductive policy and ethics; genetics policy and ethics; research ethics; research methods
SCHUMACHER, JOHN, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; Medical sociology, social gerontology, physician-patient relationships
CALLAGHAN-KORU, JENNIFER, Ph.D, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
HENDERSON, LOREN, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; race, health disparities, sexualities, diversity and inequality
MAIR, CHRISTINE A., Ph.D., North Carolina State University; life course, social ties, family, aging, health, social inequality (race, class, and gender), and globalization
SMITH, DENA T., Ph.D., Rutgers University; sociology of health and illness (medical sociology), sociology of mental health, sociology of psychiatry, gender and health, cognitive sociology
TREVITT, JAMIE, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Population health, reproductive health, social and economic determinants of fertility, maternal/child health, family formation, contraception, social demography, quantitative methods and statistics
WALLACE, BRANDY, Ph.D., Florida State University, Tallahassee; social inequality (race, class, gender), paraprofessional healthcare workforce in senior housing, physician-patient interaction, health disparities
BIRGER, KATIE, MA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County;
COUSIN-GOSSETT, NICOLE, Ph.D., Temple University; Economic Sociology; social inequality (race and class); alternative economic markets
DAMASIEWICZ, MERYL, M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts in Applied Sociology. The degree program in Applied Sociology emphasizes the "practical side" of sociology and the acquisition of analytic skills to prepare students for employment in many professional settings, including public and private organizations involved in social research, social policy, and program development. Program foci include sociology of health; sociology of aging; diversity, gender, and culture; and applied research methods. Students learn quantitative and qualitative research methods and develop expertise in the areas of specialization listed above.
Graduates of the program work at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Social Security Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Aging, the Bureau of the Census, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), medical schools and university research centers, non-profit organizations, and private research organizations. The program is open to full-time and part-time students with any undergraduate major. Most courses are offered at 4:30-7:00 pm or 7:10-9:40 pm one day per week Monday through Thursday to accommodate students with full-time employment or other obligations. Students may enter the program in the fall or spring semesters.
The Department also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector either separately or as part of the M.A. program. It consists of 4 courses, including 2 courses that analyze non-profit organizations, 1 course in methods or statistics, and 1 course in a substantive area relevant to non-profit organizations. These courses also count toward the M.A. degree, which permits M.A. students to complete the certificate without taking additional courses.
Students may be admitted to the M.A. program with any undergraduate major and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. A writing sample is required as part of the application materials. The sample should come from coursework in sociology or a related discipline. Applicants can submit any course paper, thesis or capstone project that best represents their skills in research and writing. The GRE is not required for admission. The spring admission deadline is November 15 (October 15 for best consideration) and the fall admission deadline is June 1 (April 1 for best consideration). All application materials must be received by the respective deadline, including the formal application, goal statement, two letters of reference, official transcript, resume, writing sample, and employment background.
Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program
The UMBC Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy offers an accelerated combined B.A./M.A. degree program for undergraduate UMBC students in all majors. Students can take up to nine credits of sociology graduate courses during their senior year that count both for the B.A. and M.A. degrees. For example, a senior who has completed one graduate course in each semester of the senior year (6 credits total) and graduates with the B.A. needs to complete an additional 24 credits upon entering the graduate program.
Students can enter the accelerated combined B.A./M.A. program if they have completed 90 credits of undergraduate courses and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. They must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 when they receive their B.A. degree(s). Before they graduate with their undergraduate degree, B.A./M.A. students must apply for the M.A. program in order to become regular graduate students in the semester after they complete their undergraduate degree. The graduate school application fee is waived for students who apply for the accelerated B.A./M.A. program.
Dual Degree Program in Applied Sociology and Gerontology
The dual degree program enables students to combine the M.A. in Applied Sociology with the Ph.D. in Gerontology offered by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Students are admitted to both programs separately. Interested students should communicate with the graduate program directors of both programs.
Dual Degree Program in Applied Sociology and Public Policy
The dual degree program enables students to combine the M.A. in Applied Sociology with the Ph.D. in Public Policy offered by the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Students are admitted to both programs separately. Interested students should communicate with the graduate program directors of both programs.
A number of assistantships are available in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy and elsewhere on and off campus. Assistantships require 10 to 20 hours of work per week and provide tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend. Assistantships are assigned on a competitive basis.