Social Research and Analysis program at Montclair State University

Social Research and Analysis (MA)

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Social Research and Analysis (MA)

For-profit companies and non-profit organizations are increasingly turning to data to answer their questions about how to bring change to public policies, how to market a product, how to achieve sustainability, how to execute a successful advertising campaign, and more.

The Master of Arts in Social Research and Analysis is a dynamic program that trains students to use qualitative and quantitative data to develop evidence-based solutions to real world problems that companies and organizations face every day. Students pursuing the 30-credit Master’s Degree will gain valuable skills in primary and secondary data analysis, such as engaging in survey research, interviews and focus groups, data and text mining, and analyzing data.

Our program is interdisciplinary, flexible and could be completed in 16 months. Here are some of its key features:

  • It accommodates professionals from diverse academic backgrounds.
  • Students may take electives in a field of their choice: Social Policy, Information Management and Business Analytics, Communications and Media, or Earth and Environmental Science.
  • Students will complete a Research Practicum where they will gain experience working with a company or an organization.
  • Full-time students can finish in less than 2 years if they take a winter and a summer course: Students starting in Fall 2019 can take 3 courses in the fall, 1 course in the winter, 3 courses in the spring, 1 course in the summer, and 2 courses in the Fall of 2020. Students may also take courses at a slower pace. 

Practical Skills and Job Outlook:

The coursework will teach students how to design and execute a variety of research projects for applications in different fields of work and interest. Drawing from examples in social policy, evaluation, the applied social sciences and market research, students will learn how to design and execute research projects that consider client needs, ethical dilemmas, budgetary constraints and project planning challenges. Students that earn the degree will become competitive candidates for careers involving research of many kinds.

Some career opportunities include Survey Researcher, Interviewer, Focus Group Moderator, Social Science Researcher, Social Policy Analyst, Data Analyst, Community Relations Specialists, Evaluation Researcher, Market Researcher, Community and Social Service Specialist, Research Analyst or Associate, Program Analyst, Government Affairs, and more.

According to Burning Glass, in 2017 there were 272 job openings in Social Scientists and Related Workers in the NY-NJ-PA metro area. The positions for the Social Scientists and related workers advertised a mean salary of $82,660. Jobs of this type have a low risk of automation. Employment in this area has been projected to grow 7.1% between 2016 and 2026.

The Social Research and Analysis (MA) can also be a stepping stone to a PhD in Sociology.

Along with the Social Research and Analysis (MA) degree, the Sociology Department offers a graduate Data Collection and Management (Certificate)

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. 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 Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 applicants.

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?
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:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Click to find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Donoghue
Office: Dickson Hall 312
Telephone: 973-655-7227