Sociology of Education (MA)

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Program Description

Founded in the 1920s, the MA Program in Sociology of Education is one of the nation’s oldest professional programs applying sociology to the study of education. It remains focused on helping educators and others to better understand the social aspects of educational problems.

The program provides students with a solid foundation in sociology as it applies to education and related fields. Students develop strong analytical and methodological skills in a sociological approach to education-related questions and problems. Areas of specialization include education and social inequality, education and social organization, education and social change, qualitative research methods, statistics and quantitative methods, and policy analysis and program evaluation.

Course opportunities draw on the resources of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development as well as the Department of Sociology in the Graduate School of Arts and Science and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Students interested in the development and analysis of educational policy and its effects will find this program particularly useful.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the master’s program are well-equipped to pursue careers in research and evaluation, education policy, government agencies, and youth and community service organizations. Many also are well-equipped to pursue and succeed in doctoral-level work in the sociology of education or a related field.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.