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Social Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
    Duration
, CA,
The MA in Social Science is a flexible interdisciplinary program which allows students to tailor a program to their specific academic or career goals, drawing on curricula from departments in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, as well as history, and other university programs. While possibilities are varied, some examples include focusing on higher education administration, cultural and gender studies, and career development counseling.

About

The Option in Multidisciplinary Studies is a 45-unit major with representative courses from the disciplines within the social sciences and history. Its primary intent is to give students a solid liberal arts grounding in the social sciences. This option also prepares pre-credential students for social science subject matter competency for K-12 education.

The Option in Specialization Studies allows students the flexibility to create a personalized program within the behavioral and social sciences. It is a 45-unit major, which consists of 21 units from a selected primary area of concentration and 15 units from a selected secondary area of concentration. There are 21 areas of concentration (AoC) from which to choose. The AoCs include all of the disciplines found within the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, plus history. Areas of concentration also include area studies, and topical concentrations like career & life planning, environmental studies and family relations.

The program core consists of three required courses: SOSC 210 Survival Skills for a Digital Age, SOSC 300 Great Books and Ideas in the Social Sciences, and SOSC 495 Capstone Seminar. . The capstone is also the social science required writing proficiency course. Both options are available online to off-campus students. The Option in Specialization Studies, however, is limited to a primary area of concentration in sociology and a secondary concentration in Career and Life Planning.

Programme Structure

  • Field Methods in Ethnography
  • Archaeological Site Surveying
  • Formal Methods for Anthropology
  • Seminar in Communication Research Methods
  • Interpretive Approaches to Human Communication Research
  • Introduction to Inquiry in Education
  • Research and Evaluation in Health
  • Archival Research Seminar
  • Seminar in Research Methods
  • Research and Evaluation Methods
  • Social Research Practicum

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • To be admitted to graduate and postbaccalaureate study, a student must hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or must have completed an equivalent acceptable to the Office of Graduate Studies at California State University, Chico.
  • Applicants who wish to pursue a master's degree must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units of course work attempted and at least 3.0 in the last 30 units attempted. Applicants for unclassified status, such as qualifying for a teaching credential, must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in their last 60 semester units of course work attempted.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2739 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2739 USD for the full programme and a duration of .
  • National

    2739 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2739 USD for the full programme and a duration of .
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Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 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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