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Social Research and Analysis (MA) Online

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Online Master’s in Social Research and Analysis

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.

Gain valuable skills in survey writing, focus groups moderating, ethnographic research, data analysis and data and text mining. Tailor your 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-credit Social Research and Analysis online master’s program is designed for full or part-time study with program completion in as little as 16 months.

Online Program Option
Take all your classes online from any location, in the United States or anywhere in the world. Online courses are offered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. All of the course offerings provide you with opportunities to engage fully with your peers and professors online.

Master’s students can also add career enhancing online graduate certificates in Customer and User Experience Research (CX and UX Research) and Data Collection and Management with little additional coursework.

What You Will Study

Total Credits: 30

Experienced faculty are ready to help you launch a career with research at its center. In the program, you will take courses in survey writing, focus groups, ethnographic research, data analysis and data and text mining using software programs like R, SPSS and NVivo. You can also customize the degree to meet your career goals by choosing electives in social policy research, business analytics or communications and media.

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How to Apply

What you need to apply

  • A statement of purpose about your background, goals and interests in the program
  • Your academic transcripts
  • (Optional) Up to 2 letters of recommendation, but recommended if your undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0
  • The GRE is not required
  • The $60 application fee is waived for Online Programs.
  • Graduate students from other programs can take courses as electives. Some advanced undergraduates also qualify to begin early. Please contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.
  • The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.
Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Sociology has compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

Contact Us

If you have general questions regarding the application process and admission requirements, please call or email Montclair State Online:
Phone: 973-655-7110

If you have specific questions about the program and would like academic advisement, please contact your Graduate Program Coordinator.

Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Donoghue

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