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Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs with Emphasis in Social Network Analysis

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Masters in Language and Communication
Department of Linguistics, University of Georgetown University

Ticknor, Kathryn
The M.A. in Language and Communication is a professionally-oriented program within the Linguistics Department at Georgetown University. This program cultivates strong research and analytical abilities in sociolinguistics, specifically discourse analysis (i.e. narrative analysis and cross cultural communication), variation analysis, and pragmatics. The program is designed to link these theories to practice in a range of professional fields.


LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis
Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky

Borgatti, Steve
The Management Department at the University of Kentucky focuses on social networks, both in terms of faculty research and in terms of the Ph.D. program. In addition, we run the LINKS center for organizational social network analysis. The LINKS center sponsors research, puts on yearly workshops, runs an annual conference (ION), and sponsors talks and best-paper awards.


Graduate Program in Communication
Department of Communication, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Barnett, George
The Department of Communication at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) offers a quantitative behavioral science based graduate program. Its foci include social influence, health, intercultural/international and computer-mediated communication. The faculty studies various aspects of social and communication networks including Frank Tutzauer (mathematical models of social networks), Joseph Woelfel (neural networks), Michael Stefanone (computer-mediated networks), Tom Feeley (social influence) and George Barnett (international networks).


Complex Systems and Computational Social Science (CSCS)
UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy, UCD Dublin
Thematic PhD Programme

A core challenge for 21st century science is to develop fundamental new insights for understanding and managing the complexity of social systems such as dynamic systems of technological innovation, diffusion processes which explain the spread of diseases, hidden networks of crime and terrorism, dynamic networks of electronic communication and many other such phenomena.

Computational social science is an interdisciplinary field that combines the application of computer simulation and other computer-based methods to the analysis of social systems and processes at all levels of complexity.


Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
Department of Graduate Studies, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Jatel, Nelson
Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) ees Offered: M.A., M.Sc., & Ph.D.

UBC Okanagan offers interdisciplinary graduate degrees across a wide range of program options from the humanities and creative arts to social and natural sciences. Interdisciplinary studies are thesis-based programs. Students may chose to complete a themed or individualized program.


Program in Sociology, Social Network Specialization
Department of Department of Sociology, University of University of California, Irvine

Butts, Carter
The University of California at Irvine is home to one of the premier research groups in the expanding field of social networks. With faculty in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Criminology, Law, and Society, Information and Computer Sciences, and the Graduate School of Management, UCI maintains a large and diverse community of network researchers with a wide range of substantive interests. The School of Social Sciences has had a Graduate Program in Social Networks for 20 years (it has granted 46 Ph.D.s since the mid 1980s). With an active community and numerous opportunities for research collaborations, UCI is an ideal place to study social networks.

The Sociology Department is a major hub of social network activity at UCI. We offer a unified program of graduate training in social networks, with a field specialization in the area and a core curriculum covering theoretical foundations, methodological approaches, and substantive applications. We also host a regular colloquium series and weekly network research meetings where graduate students and faculty discuss their on-going research projects. Graduate training in the field is supported by faculty in several departments and the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.

Current social network research by faculty and graduate students covers a wide array of substantive topics, including: networks among responders to disasters; socio-spatial features of networks in high crime neighborhoods; effects of economic and social transformations on kinship and support networks in rural villages; social networks of immigrants; global city networks; international trade networks; and homophily in professional networks, to name a few. UCI served as the founding home to the flagship journal in the field, Social Networks, with Lin Freeman as editor. In recent years the social network group has hosted a number of special events including symposia, workshops, and co-sponsorship of international meetings (including the XXV International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, and the US/Japan Mathematical Sociology Conference).