Graduate Program

Applying for the Master's Degree Program in Sociology

The master’s degree program in sociology accepts applications for both the Fall and Spring semesters. If you have any questions please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lauren McDonald at:

Spring 2018 Application Deadline: October 15, 2017 (SEE INFO BELOW).

Fall 2018 Application Deadline: April 15, 2018 (info on the Fall 2018 application process will be posted on the website after the close of the Spring 2018 application deadline).

Applying for the Spring 2018 Semester

Spring 2018 Application Process Instructions & Checklist (click here)

Rolling Admissions: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning September 1, 2017. The Graduate Committee will evaluate completed applications as they arrive and provide applicants with a decision within two weeks. The final application deadline is October 15, 2017.

Submit the online portion of the application and your official transcripts early: Due to lengthy processing times, we strongly recommend that you complete Step 1 of the process (submitting your online application to Cal State Apply and having your official transcripts mailed to the CSUN Admissions Office) at least 4-6 weeks in advance of the sociology department’s deadline. For detailed instructions on the application process please click on the “Spring 2018 Application Process Instructions & Checklist” link above.  

 Info on Applying for Financial Aid (click here)

 We recommend that applicants submit a FAFSA early on the process.

  • The FAFSA priority date for Fall applicants is: March 1st.
  • There is no specific FAFSA priority date for Spring applicants, however we suggest submitting your FAFSA as early as possible prior to the application deadline.

Standards for Application Review (click here)

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The Department of Sociology’s Master’s Program is an intensive, two-year program for graduate level studies in sociology. The department’s MA program has been producing graduates for more than thirty five years. Program graduates have gone on to work in a number of fields including: program evaluation, policy research, marketing/consumer research, non-profit sector management, international relations, community organizing, public sector research, and organizational analysis. Several of our graduates have also gone onto Ph.D. programs in sociology and careers in community college teaching.

The department has a broadly trained and energetic faculty supporting its MA students. The MA program offers advanced training in core areas of sociological theory and research methods, as well as specialized studies in a number of areas including: culture, criminology, gender, sexuality, political sociology, race/ethnicity, social movements, sociology of education, immigration, labor, social psychology, globalization, and the sociology of work.   

Many of the department’s MA students present papers at professional conferences and publish scholarly articles during the course of their graduate studies. Students are also given the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects, engage in their own research projects, and gain experience in teaching working with faculty as Instructional Student Assistants.