Master of Arts, Social Science
About the Program
The Master of Arts in Social Science is designed to take full advantage of an array of graduate seminars from the social sciences. Students enrolled in the program will work closely with the program director and an advisor from their area of emphasis in Anthropology, History*, Political Science, or Sociology — to customize a program of study that combines theory, methods, and content with practice.
*This is only an emphasis in History. If you are interested in a graduate degree focusing on history, visit the Master of Arts degree in History’s page.
- Applied/Public Service Track – The applied/public service track is for students who plan to enter applied or public service venues. Students must complete 6 hours of coursework that has an applied/public service emphasis (e.g. additional classes in methods, statistics, grant writing, program evaluation, public policy, or field research). Specific courses must be approved by the advisor and graduate director.
- Research Thesis Track – The research thesis track is strongly recommended for students who plan to continue in graduate or professional education. The thesis may be theoretical or empirical and should represent the student’s knowledge of social science theory, methodology and substantive areas as well as the ability to conduct research. Data for empirical research projects may be qualitative and/or quantitative and primary and/or secondary in nature.
General Program Requirements
An area of concentration requires a minimum of 15 hours of coursework from within Anthropology, History, Political Science or Sociology. At least 50% of the courses applicable toward a graduate degree must come from courses at the 6000-level or above. Enrollment in courses outside history, political science, and sociology is limited to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Courses that are taken to fulfill a prerequisite for admission may not be used to satisfy elective course hour requirements
Program Contact Information
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year institution (or a course of study that is the equivalent of such a degree).
- A statement of purpose expressing student’s aspirations.
- A favorable review by the Social Science Graduate Admissions Committee. If an applicant’s overall undergraduate GPA is equal to or greater than a 3.0 or if the student already holds an advanced graduate degree, the GRE scores will be waived. Otherwise, GRE scores are required. Consideration is also given to the student’s statement of purpose and potential for succeeding in the program.
*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (www.naces.org)
Priority: March 1*
Final: July 31*
Priority: October 1*
Final: November 15*
*The application and all required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab for the program must be received by the deadline. If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.
Last updated: 1/12/2021