New York University

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Graduate program in Sociology of Education


70 Washington Square South

New York City, NY 10012

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Sociology of Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our 40-credit M.A. program in Sociology of Education helps you develop sophisticated skills to work in a variety of education and policy settings including research, evaluation, and policy organizations; government agencies; and youth and community service organizations. The program can also prepare you for doctoral study in related fields. The curriculum examines the role of education in society, and specifically how politics, economics, culture, and other social forces create variation in schools as organizations. Explore these issues through core courses in sociological research methods and theory as well as the sociology of education.

Develop analytical skills through electives in empirical research methods, such as statistics, interviewing methods, survey design, or ethnographic approaches. You can focus your studies through a concentration in Social and Cultural Studies of Education or Education Policy. Within each concentration, you'll tailor your course selection and thesis research to your chosen topics of interest. In Social and Cultural Studies of Education, you might focus on racial or gender/sexual identity and politics in education, the role of media and new technologies in schools, or the relationship between schools and other social systems such as the family or the nation-state. In Education Policy, you'll take additional courses in economics, education policy, and advanced statistics to prepare for careers in education policy formation and evaluation. The program culminates with a master’s research thesis. Through an intensive seminar, you'll work with an advisor to design and carry out research, developing expertise along the way in particular modes of inquiry as well as a specific substantive area.

Generous scholarships are available to help fund your graduate education. Full- and part-time study available. Applications are for Fall admission only and are due by February 1.


New York University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1,422 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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