The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Graduate Program Receives High Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report | Best Grad Schools
The Department of Sociology’s graduate program at UMass Amherst ranks 30th nationally in a survey released by U.S. News & World Report, which also listed the department 6th in the Sex and Gender sub-field and 13th in the Sociology of Population sub-field. 
 
“It is gratifying to see this recognition by our peer institutions of the excellence of our graduate program. Our faculty's and graduate students' research and publications, graduate training, job placement of new PhD's, and continued prominence in professional associations weigh heavily in this ranking. I'm proud to be a member of this department,” says Sociology Professor and Chair Michelle Budig. 
 
The list of the 118 schools with the best graduate programs for 2017 is based on surveys on academic quality sent in 2016 to sociology department heads and graduate program directors at colleges and universities in the US. Rankings for sub-fields were created through nominations from these same respondents.
 
Sociology is one of the most highly ranked programs on the campus and is renowned for groundbreaking research, outstanding advising, and a curriculum that trains students to use investigative research skills. The department offers a PHD degree, with an average of 75 graduate students at any time and 6-10 new students per year.
 
July 14, 2017