12 months
14042 USD/year
14042 USD/year
8498 USD/year
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The Sociology program at California State University Northridge provides advanced training in the core areas of sociological theory and research methods, as well as specialized studies in a number of areas, including culture, gender, sexuality, political sociology, race/ethnicity, social movements, sociology of education, evaluation research, immigration, health and social psychology.


Program Description

Graduates of the Sociology program at California State University Northridge have gone onto careers in a number of fields, including program evaluation, policy research, marketing/consumer research, community college teaching, nonprofit sector management, international relations, community organizing and public sector research. Several graduates have furthered their education by gaining entry into Ph.D. programs and pursuing careers in academia.

Student Learning Outcomes


  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology concerning human actors, groups, organizations and milieus.
  • Frame theoretically informed inquiries of social phenomena, and use sociological theory to understand social issues.

Research Methods

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of epistemological and methodological approaches used in the study of social phenomena.
  • Utilize quantitative research methods to collect, analyze and interpret data.
  • Utilize qualitative research methods to collect, analyze and interpret data.


  • Show mastery of a subfield within the discipline of sociology through an advanced knowledge of the historical development, published research and perspectives within the subfield.


  • Communicate sociological knowledge and ideas through writing and oral presentations in department, college, university and/or professional settings.
  • Demonstrate attributes appropriate for success in the field of sociology, including critical thinking, problem solving, persistence and ethical judgment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Directed Comprehensive Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in sociology (or another field of study). Applications from both sociology and non-sociology majors are considered. Applicants accepted into the program who have not completed undergraduate coursework in classical sociological theory, contemporary sociological theory, statistics and research methods (or the equivalent) may be required to enroll in an undergraduate prerequisite course during their first semester in the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members who know the applicant’s potential for success in graduate studies.
  • Transcripts of undergraduate work.
  • A 10-12 page (double spaced) writing sample (term or research paper).
  • Written statement of purpose (2-4 pages).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8498 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8498 USD per year during 12 months.

Yearly tuition fee for seven or more units per semester.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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