Graduate Program

About the M.A. Program in Sociology

The master’s degree program in sociology has been producing graduates for more than thirty-five years. The department has a broadly trained and energetic faculty supporting its graduate students. The program offers advanced training in core areas of classical and contemporary sociological theory and quantitative and qualitative research methods. We also offer courses in a number of areas including: gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, education, social psychology, social movements, evaluation research, political sociology, and immigration. Our students have presented their research at professional academic conferences and worked on various research projects with faculty, institutes, and centers on campus. Students have also had the opportunity to gain teaching experience as Instructional Student Assistants. Some of our graduates continue their education by going onto Ph.D. programs while many others pursue careers in various non-profits, government agencies, community colleges, universities, marketing firms, and businesses as: research analysts, program evaluators, project managers, community college teachers, consumer researchers, non-profit managers, assessment coordinators, IRB compliance officers, community organizers, and civil rights advocates.

Applying for the Master's Degree Program in Sociology

The M.A. degree program in sociology accepts applications for both the Fall and Spring semesters. If you have any questions please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Lauren McDonald via e-mail at:

Spring 2022 Application Deadline: October 15, 2021 (SEE INFO BELOW). The Priority Application Filing Period of August 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021 listed on the Cal State Apply website is not a final deadline.

Fall 2022 Application Deadline: April 15, 2022. Information on the Fall 2022 application process will be posted after the Spring 2022 application period has closed.                                                                                        

Applying for the Spring 2022 Semester

Rolling Admissions: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning October 1, 2021. The Graduate Committee will evaluate completed applications as they arrive and provide applicants with a decision within three weeks. The final application deadline is October 15, 2021.

Getting Materials in Early! Due to lengthy processing times in the Admissions Office, we strongly recommend that you complete Steps 1 & 2 below at least 4-6 weeks prior to the Sociology Department application deadline.  

Step 1: Submit your online application to Cal State Apply 

Please note that the "Priority Application Filing Period" listed on the Cal State Apply website does NOT represent a final deadline. You can still submit your application to the Cal State Apply website after the priority application filing period.

Please click on the link below for guidance on how to fill out the Cal State Apply online application There are some sections that are required by our program and others that are not.

Step 2: Have your Official Transcripts Sent to CSUN

If you attended (or are currently attending) CSUN for your bachelor's degree, you do not need to send your official transcripts as they are already on file. All other applicants must have their official transcripts from all colleges and universities they attended (including community colleges) sent either electronically or via mail.

Sending Electronic Transcripts: When ordering your school's electronic transcripts, chose "CSU Northridge" as the recipient. If this option is not available, use as the recipient e-mail address. If you have any California community college transcripts, please review eTranscript California and have the transcripts sent through this system.

Paper Transcripts: Paper transcripts must be received in sealed, unopened envelopes. Ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to the following address: CSUN - Admissions and Records, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8207

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

When submitting your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), list California State University Northridge as one of the schools you want your information to be sent. In order to be considered for state grant aid, applicants applying for the Fall semester need to meet the March 1st priority date. Spring applicants should submit the FAFSA as early on in the process as possible. For more information on financial aid click on the link below.

Step 4: Submit Additional Application Materials Required by the M.A. Program in Sociology

Please click on the link below for instructions on submitting additional materials.

Step 5: Final Checklist 

Please click on the “Application Checklist” below and use it as a personal guide to confirm that you have completed all of the required steps. 

Standards for Application Review

 Graduate Program Handbook, M.A. Thesis Projects, Recent M.A. Graduates