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Sociological Practice

California State University San Marcos

24 months
16680 USD/year
16680 USD/year
7176 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The mission of the Master of Arts in Sociological Practice at California State University San Marcos is to provide a sound academic and professionally useful graduate education for students interested in working in social services and community agencies, those who plan for teaching careers at the community college level, and those who plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree.


The focus of the program is on sociological practice — applying sociology to current social problems confronting the community with developing sensitivity to multicultural, gender, sexual identity, and age differences.

The M.A. in Sociological Practice at the California State University San Marcos includes courses on theory and methods, critical perspectives on social service delivery, sociological advocacy, and both substantive and skill-based elective seminars. Solidly grounded in social scientific theory and methods, the program prepares students for a range of careers in which professionals are required to provide needed services to clients and to administer and evaluate programs in social services, community agencies, and non-profits. The M.A. program also helps prepare students to continue on to a Ph.D. program in sociology.

Courses in the M.A. in Sociological Practice build upon faculty members’ research and community expertise in the areas of aging and gerontology, critical race, gender, and sexualities, health and mental health, critical criminology and juvenile delinquency, immigration, militarism, social welfare, and family and community studies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Master of Arts degree in Sociological Practice has been designed primarily as a terminal degree for students seeking careers in community college teaching, the human services or criminal justice sectors, or as preparation for advanced graduate study.

Students who graduate with a Master of Arts in Sociological Practice degree will be able to:

  • Locate, analyze, assess and skillfully articulate a range of sociological scholarship and discourse;
  • Critically apply a range of social theories to the development and assessment of social policies and programs in diverse contexts;
  • Deploy advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills to research and theorize critical social problems;
  • Demonstrate awareness of multiple standpoints, their social foundations in constructions of difference, inequality, privilege and oppression (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, social class, sexuality, age, abilities, region, nationality), and their implications for social theory and social justice;
  • Demonstrate ability to advocate for sociologically informed decision-making.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Proseminar In Sociological Practice
  • Social Research Process
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Social Theory And Public Policy
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • completed application form for admission to Cal State San Marcos
  • application fee
  • one set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended besides CSUSM
  • completed application form
  • one set of unofficial transcripts of the undergraduate record from all institutions that the candidate attended, with indication of an undergraduate degree
  • a statement of purpose
  • a writing sample
  • the names and email addresses of three people who will submit electronic letters of recommendation on your behalf (a minimum of two must be former college or university instructors).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16680 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    16680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16680 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7176 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

1100 - 1600 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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