Admission to the M.A. program in Social Sciences and Globalization is a two-step process. Before students can be considered for admission to the program, they must first seek admission to the university. For information about admissions to the university, see the Office of Graduate Studies where you can get information about admission requirements, deadlines, and how to apply through CSU Apply.
Visit the Office of Graduate Studies Admissions for more information.
In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified status are:
- A baccalaureate degree in a social science discipline (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, or Sociology) or in social science itself, or another baccalaureate degree with course work that satisfies the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences that the student has received adequate preparation to undertake the program;
- A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 overall and at least 3.0 ("B") in the major;
- A statement of purpose that is approximately two pages in length (not to exceed 1,000 words) describing the applicant's interest in the program, the applicant's preparation for graduate study, and academic and professional goals, to be submitted to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences care of the M.A. in Social Sciences and Globalization program coordinator;
- Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from former professors. Letters should come directly from the recommenders sent directly to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences care of the M.A. in Social Sciences and Globalization program coordinator. It is the applicant's responsibility to determine if letters have been received. It is assumed that students who request confidential letters to be submitted on their behalf have waived their right to view those letters as per FERPA (1974) requirements to maximize the confidentiality and integrity of the letters of reference.
- A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's ability to write analytical prose, to construct a reasoned argument based upon evidence, and to write proficiently at the graduate level should be submitted directly to the program. The writing sample should demonstrate preparation for the applicant's proposed field of study within the program. Writing samples should be at least 8-10 pages in length but should not be longer than 25-30 pages.
Please send Statement of Purpose and Writing Sample directly to the program coordinator. Please have those writing letters of recommendation for you send their letters directly to the program coordinator.
Applicants who meet the general requirements of the university for admission to graduate study but do not meet the additional requirements listed above may be admitted to the university in the unclassified post-baccalaureate status. Unclassified post-baccalaureate students may enroll, when space permits, in elective courses but may not enroll in the required proseminars for completion of the program. An unclassified post-baccalaureate student may re-apply for admission to the program at another time.
Students wishing to apply to the M.A. in SSCI must have their complete application to the university and the items listed above submitted to the Coordinator of the M.A. program at least one full quarter before the quarter in which they intend to enroll. The following application deadlines apply:
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There is no Winter, Spring, Summer Quarter enrollment into the M.A. in SSCI.