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:      

Fall 2019 Application Deadline: April 15, 2019 (SEE INFO BELOW).

Spring 2020 Application Deadline: October 15, 2019. Information on the Spring 2020 application process will be posted after the Fall 2019 application period has closed.                                                                                        

Applying for the Fall 2019 Semester

Rolling Admissions: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning February 1, 2019. The Graduate Committee will evaluate completed applications as they arrive and provide applicants with a decision within two weeks. The final application deadline is April 15, 2019.

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 of Oct 1, 2018 - Dec 15, 2018 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. 

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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.