What will I learn?

The objective of the M.A. in Social Sciences is to provide students with a survey of the concepts and ideas social scientists study with emphasis placed upon the domestic and international impact of global processes and global connectivity. While the program provides course work in each of the contributing disciplines of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, the program also supports interdisciplinary learning and research through a colloquium series.

This program is especially attractive to those pursuing a career in or seeking advancement in secondary school and community college teaching in the social sciences. Those interested in work in other types of educational and social science related fields, such as non-profit or non-governmental work, applied social sciences, and those interested in pursuing advanced degrees (Ph.D., J.D., etc.) may also benefit from this program.

Which department am I in?

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (31 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,169.00 per year
The given fees includes non-resident tuition fee of USD $396/unit
Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

24 January 2022


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

5500 University Parkway, SBS-207,



92407, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants who have obtained a earned a degree comparable to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree, you’re eligible to apply as a graduate student. GPA requirement: Have attained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in the last 90 quarter (60 semester units) units attempted.

For international students

A baccalaureate degree in a social science discipline or in social science itself, or another baccalaureate degree with course work that satisfies the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences that the student has received adequate preparation to undertake the program;
A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 overall and at least 3.0 ("B") in the major (preference will be given to applicants who have at least 3.0 overall);

TOEFL (iBT 79/80 or PBT 550) or IELTS (General: 6.0 total band score).

Application Deadline: Spring - December 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.