M.A. On Campus


University of California, Merced

12 months
11502 USD/year
11502 USD/year
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Sociology faculty members at University of California, Merced have rapidly built a vibrant and collegial intellectual community, marked by outstanding research, engagement in important public discourse in California’s Central Valley and across the globe, and dynamic teaching and training at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. 


The goal of our graduate Sociology program at University of California, Merced is to foster scholarly excellence in sociology, with a specific focus on several core areas of the discipline, including race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, politics, immigration, health, and education, among others. 

Key Features 

  • Our program is nationally and internationally recognized for its high-quality scholarship, graduate training, and contributions to the university and community.
  • Students master a diverse toolkit of research methods and conceptual approaches for carrying out independent research, while also learning in depth about two core research areas that they select. 

Programme Structure

Core research areas

  • Education
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health
  • Immigration
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Movements and Political Sociology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California.
  • Have a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) is required.
  • Provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores (international students only). All  graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English, must show evidence of having taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or TOEFL-Internet Based Test or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) examination within the past two years. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11502 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5751 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    11502 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5751 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Merced

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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