Graduate students in the GW Department of Sociology gain the expertise and practical experience needed to pursue in-demand careers in social research, policy and related fields. Taught by our talented and experienced faculty, students develop a solid grounding in sociological theory and research methods. Our collegial community in the heart of Washington, D.C., offers unique access to internship and career opportunities at government agencies, advocacy organizations and think tanks.
The Master of Arts in Sociology degree promotes a deep understanding of social stratification and inequality, while the Master of Arts in Criminology degree offers a foundation in criminal procedure and forensic sciences to prepare students for a future in legal advocacy or corrections system research.
Washington, D.C., is an ideal backdrop for sociological studies, with an array of government agencies, advocacy organizations and think tanks. Graduates of our MA programs are in high demand, and many find long-term jobs with organizations for which they interned.
All graduate students in the department must complete a field research course. As part of the course, students complete an observation component at a professional organization and learn to apply the logic of qualitative inquiry and techniques behind qualitative data collection.
Our talented faculty represent a wide range of interests within sociology and criminology, providing ample opportunities for mentorship, research advising, potential networking and publishing guidance.
"In my career as a survey statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau, I use the training I received from the Sociology Department's Research Methods and Data Analysis courses daily. Thanks to my coursework at GW, I have a foundation in the survey life cycle process and how to analyze data."
BA ’11, MA ’15
Graduate Student Awards
Each spring the department recognizes outstanding students majoring in sociology and criminology.
Excellence in Research and Writing Award for a Graduate Student
- 2021: Yasmine Ashwal
Best Graduate Assistant Award for Service
- 2021: Rhiannon Roberts and Kevin Curran