The State of New York, Masters of Sociology Program was the first full-time graduate education program in a maximum security prison in the United States. William Philliber, who was chair of the Department of Sociology, was asked by the Department of Corrections to establish and operate a program leading to a Masters of Arts in Sociology at Eastern New York Correctional Facility. William Philliber directed the program while Susan Philliber took responsibility for supervising students working on theses. The Department of Corrections permitted students to conduct random surveys of inmates and data from those surveys were analyzed to create original research. The Phillibers worked with inmates to design surveys, carry out data collection, and conduct analysis of data using computers purchased by a grant from the Methodist Church. Several of the reports were published in professional journals.