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Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year institution (or a course of study that is the equivalent of such a degree)
  • A statement of purpose expressing student’s aspirations
  • A favorable review by the Social Science Graduate Admissions Committee. If an applicant’s overall undergraduate GPA is equal or greater than a 3.0 or if the student already holds an advanced graduate degree, the GRE scores will be waived. Otherwise, GRE scores are required. Consideration is also given to the student’s statement of purpose and potential for succeeding in the program.

Required Core Courses (12 Hours)

  • ANTH, POLS, or SOCI 6638 – Proseminar in Social Science (3)
  • Theory (3) (Can be any ANTH, CRJU, POLS, or SOCI theory course)
  • Methods and/or Analysis (6) (Can be any ANTH, CRJU, POLS, or SOCI methods and/or analysis)

Elective Courses (18 Hours)

  • A student will develop a program of study in conjunction with their advisor and approved by the graduate Director. A student will select an area of concentration within one of six areas – Anthropology, Political Science, or Sociology. An area of concentration requires a minimum of 15 hours of coursework from within anthropology, political science, or sociology. With the exception of ANTH, POLS, or SOCI 6638, core courses can be used to fulfill the area of concentration requirements.

General Program Requirements

  • Students can earn 6 hours of credit from courses at the 5000G level. Enrollment in courses outside anthropology, political science, psychology, and sociology is limited to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Courses that are taken to fulfill a prerequisite for admission may not be used to satisfy course hour requirements. All students must complete an online portfolio to demonstrate the completion of program objectives.

Final Project (6 Hours)

Applied/Public Service Track

The applied/public service track is for students who plan to enter applied or public service venues. Students may choose among 3 terminal projects. (Option 1) Students complete 6 hours of course work that has an applied emphasis (e.g. additional classes in methods, statistics, grant writing, program evaluation, public policy, or field research). Specific courses must be approved by the advisor and graduate director. (Option 2) Students complete an internship approved by the advisor and director. Or (Option 3) students take courses to prepare them for a career in teaching at the community college level.

Research Thesis Track

The research thesis track is strongly recommended for students who plan to continue in graduate or professional education. The thesis may be theoretical or empirical and should represent the student’s knowledge of social science theory, methodology and a substantive areas as well as the ability to conduct research. Data for empirical research projects may be qualitative and/or quantitative and primary and/or secondary in nature.

Read about the MASS Student Learning Outcomes


The goal of the Master of Arts in Social Science program at Georgia Southern University is to offer students a multidisciplinary curriculum for understanding and investigating the social aspects of human behavior, social structure and culture in a global context. The program emphasizes the wide range of skills and perspectives that students need in order to analyze the historical, cultural, individual, and institutional conditions that shape our lives. We are committed to helping students become informed, responsible, active citizens and ethical workers in diverse communities. Consistent with the University’s mission, the program inculcates a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth.


MA in Social Sciences Program Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Graduates of the program will demonstrate competence in 3 areas:

Graduates of the MA in Social Science program will possess advanced communication skills consistent with effective professional practice in the social sciences, such that:

  • 1a. Graduates will be able to construct and deliver a well-organized, content appropriate oral presentation.
  • 1b. Graduates have participated in professional activities – such as participating in conferences or public forums; have published research results or reviewed scholarship; written and submitted grants, produced research reports for an outside agency, and/or participated in community service.

Graduates of the MA in Social Science program will possess professional and cultural competence, social responsibility, and ethical sophistication in performing research and professional activities.

  • 1. Graduate has completed university Institutional Review Board human subjects research training or disciplinary equivalent.

Graduates of the MA in Social Science program will possess advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for developing and disseminating their research and creative scholarship, such that they are able to:

  • a. Synthesize and integrate published research into their research
  • b. Critique and evaluate the validity of published research
  • c. Identify a problem or gap in the published literature
  • d. Design a methodologically sound empirical study to answer the identified problem or gap in the literature
  • e. Analyze obtained data using appropriate methods (quantitative or qualitative)
  • f. Evaluate the validity of obtained evidence
  • g. Draw sound theoretical and empirical conclusions

Last updated: 8/2/2018