Social Science M.A. (Non-Thesis)

The Master of Arts in Social Science program offers students a multidisciplinary curriculum for understanding and investigating the social aspects of human behavior, social structure and culture in a global context. The program emphasizes the wide range of skills and perspectives that students need in order to analyze the historical, cultural, individual, and institutional conditions that shape our lives. We are committed to helping students become informed, responsible, active citizens and ethical workers in diverse communities. Consistent with the University’s mission, the program inculcates a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth. 

Students in the M.A. Social Science program develop a program of study in conjunction with their advisor. A student will select an area of concentration within one of four three areas:  Anthropology, Political Science, or Sociology.

Degree Requirements:  36 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements


1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year institution (or a course of study that is the equivalent of such a degree).
2. A statement of purpose expressing student’s aspirations.
3. A favorable review by the Social Science Graduate Admissions Committee. 
    Consideration is also given to the student's statement of purpose and potential for succeeding in the program.


Non-traditional students and applicants not meeting the above requirements may be considered for Provisional (Probationary) admission as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Plan of Study

Credit Hours
Required Core Courses
SOCI   6638Proseminar in Social Science 3
or ANTH   6638 or POLS   6638
Theory (Can be any ANTH, POLS, or SOCI course)3
Methods and /or Analysis (Can be any ANTH, POLS, or SOCI methods and/or analysis courses)6
Elective Courses18
A student will develop a program of study in conjunction with their advisor and approved by the graduate Director. A student will select an area of concentration within one of the three areas: Anthropology, Political Science, or Sociology. An area of concentration requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework from within anthropology, political science, or sociology. With the exception of SOCI 6638, core courses can be used to fulfill the area of concentration requirements.
Terminal Project:
Applied /Public Service Track6
The applied/public service track is for students who plan to enter applied or public service venues. Students may choose among three terminal projects. (Option 1) Students complete six credit hours of course work that has an applied emphasis (e.g. additional classes in methods, statistics, grant writing, program evaluation, public policy, or field research). Specific courses must be approved by the advisor and graduate director. (Option 2) Students complete an internship approved by the advisor and director. Or (Option 3) students take courses to prepare them for a career in teaching at the community college level.
Total Credit Hours36

General Program Requirements

Students can earn six (6) credits from courses at the 5000G level. Students will craft a program of study which draws from at least two of the six three fields of study within the Social Sciences program. Enrollment in courses outside anthropology, political science, and sociology is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) credits. Courses that are taken to fulfill a prerequisite for admission may not be used to satisfy course credit hour requirements. All students must complete a portfolio to demonstrate the completion of program objectives.


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page.

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)