Sociology

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, program evaluation, culture, 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: lauren.mcdonald @csun.edu

Spring 2021 Application Deadline: October 15, 2020 (SEE INFO BELOW). The Priority Application Filing Period of August 1, 2020-August 31, 2020 listed on the Cal State Apply website is not a final deadline.

Fall 2021 Application Deadline: April 15, 2021. Information on the Fall 2021 application process will be posted after the Spring 2021 application period has closed.                                                                                        

Applying for the Spring 2021 Semester

Rolling Admissions: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning October 1, 2020. 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, 2020.

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 Mailed to CSUN

If you attended (or are currently attending) CSUN, 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), mailed to: CSUN-Admissions & Records, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8207

Step 3: Submit Application Materials Required by the M.A. Program in Sociology

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

Step 4: 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. 

Apply for Financial Aid

Standards for Application Review

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