Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master's degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in the University Catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 units of college work and a grade-point average of 3.25 or better for all work in sociology. A minimum of 18 upper-division units in sociology is required, including the following courses or their equivalents:

  • SOCI 302 SociResearch Methods (3)AKD event
  • SOCI 303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)
  • SOCI 410 Theories of Social Behavior (3)

Courses in methods, statistics and theory must have been completed within the last five years prior to application. Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant's academic potential, a statement of purpose and a writing sample must be sent to the graduate coordinator. In some cases, an interview may be required.

Students may be accepted as conditionally classified sociology majors with either course or GPA deficiencies. Deficiencies must be corrected within one year of admission to the program.

Students will be classified upon the fulfillment of the above prerequisites and after an approved study plan has been developed, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.