Social Research and Analysis program at Montclair State University

Social Research and Analysis (MA)

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Social Research and Analysis (MA)

The Master of Arts in Social Research and Analysis is a dynamic degree program that trains students to harness the power of data to improve programs, change social policies, market a product, execute an advertising campaign and inform business decision making.

Students in the program gain valuable skills in survey writing, focus groups moderating, ethnographic research, data analysis and data and text mining. They can tailor their program by taking electives in social policy research, business analytics, communications and media, or earth and environmental sciences.

We Are Flexible: Our 10 course/30 credits Social Research and Analysis MA program is designed for full or part-time study with program completion in 16 – 20 months. 

You may start in the Fall or Spring semester and enroll in both on-campus face-to-face and online courses:

  • Option 1: Hybrid – Take a mix of On-Campus Face-to-Face and Online Courses – Earn your Master’s in 16 months or slow it down and go at your own pace (Most flexible, and also ideal for International Students on an F1 Student Visa) 
  • Option 2: Online – Take all your classes fully Online from wherever you are– Earn your Master’s in 16 months or slow it down and go at your own pace

All Master’s Students in Social Research and Analysis may earn a Certificate in Data Collection and Management during their program without additional coursework. They can also choose their electives from the Business Analytics program and earn a Certificate in Business Analytics by taking just one additional course.

Students learn to use software like SPSSRQualtrics and NVivo to analyze data and make evidence based decisions. The Master’s can also become a stepping stone to a PhD.

Admission Requirements

The Graduate School requires a U.S. bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, in order to be eligible to apply for the MA in Social Research and Analysis graduate program. Some advanced undergraduates qualify to begin the program before they graduate. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions. The $60 application fee will be waived for for attendees at Open Houses, Information Sessions and Information Webinars.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Social Research and Analysis (MA) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Statement of Purpose – Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation, from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth. (Recommendation letters are optional for both the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 terms. Please note: We do encourage those applicants that fall below an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to consider submitting recommendation letters.)
  • GRE: Not required.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.
Please visit the University Catalog listing for the Social Research and Analysis (MA) program for the curriculum.

If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Social Research and Analysis (MA) Program Coordinator:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Donoghue
Office: Dickson Hall 312