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 carry out their own independent research project with the help of a faculty member and an industry specialist.
- Full-time students can finish in 16 months with a fall start or 24 months with a spring start. Or they may go 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: Social Policy Analyst, Market Researcher, Data Analyst, Survey Researcher, Interviewer, Focus Group Moderator, Social Science Researcher, Community Relations Specialists, Evaluation Researcher, Community and Social Service Specialist, Research Analyst or Associate, Program Analyst, Government Affairs, and more.
Some students begin by working on the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Data Collection and Management. All credits in that program can be transferred to this 30-credit degree.
The Social Research and Analysis (MA) can also be a stepping stone to a PhD in Sociology.
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. A previous college-level course in statistics is recommended, but not required. Students without a firm background in statistics will be directed to resources that can help them prepare. Basic statistics are also taught and reviewed in the coursework. 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.
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: 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. (Optional for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, but recommended for students with a GPA below 3.0)
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo English Test are required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
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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.*