Program Information

What will you learn in the M.A. in Applied and Public Sociology program at Duquesne?

Our M.A. program is aimed at providing students with professional skills valued in public and private sectors, especially students interested in criminal justice, health and gerontology, community and social justice fields. As a student earning an M.A. in applied and public sociology, you will:

  • Use the concepts and theories of sociology, appropriate methodology, and a sensitivity to the policy process in order to connect sociological knowledge with concrete social/economic outcomes for community stakeholders.
  • Learn to engage community stakeholders, including neighborhood groups and grassroots organizations, public organizations, and private businesses, with the aim of stimulating informed public dialogue.
  • Apply empirical methods, collect and analyze information, and interpret sociological literature to help shape research goals and policy decisions in the public and private sector.
  • Master job-related and community impact skills. These skills include: 1) Qualitative and quantitative research skills; 2) Problem solving skills; 3) Community engagement skills; 4) Substantive skills concerning social policies and trends and; 5) Skills in oral and written communication aimed at disseminating knowledge for academic and public audiences.
  • Engage in practical field experiences for reflexive outcomes in the private/public sectors. These experiences include: 1) Internships off-campus experience under the supervision of a field placement advisor on location; 2) Practicums off-campus, where students work with a practitioner and; 3) University research centers on campus where students assist faculty in conducting research in-house for the institution, through contracts from bidders or as service to the community through individual or class projects.