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Master of Arts, Social Science

About the Program

Format: Online or in person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 30
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring

The Master of Arts in Social Science is designed to take full advantage of an array of graduate seminars from the social sciences. Students enrolled in the program will work closely with the program director and an advisor from their area of emphasis in Anthropology (Hybrid), Political Science (Online), or Sociology (Online) — to customize a program of study that combines theory, methods, and content with practice.

Program Tracks

  • Applied/Public Service Track – The applied/public service track is for students who plan to enter applied or public service venues. Students must complete 6 hours of coursework that has an applied/public service 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.
  • 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 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.

General Program Requirements

Students can earn up to fifteen (15) credits from courses at the 5000G level.  An area of concentration requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework from within a field of study. With the exception of the Proseminar course (ANTH 6638/POLS 6638/SOCI 6638), core courses can be used to fulfill the area of emphasis requirements. Enrollment in courses outside anthropology, political science, and sociology is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) credits. Courses that are taken to fulfill a prerequisite for admission may not be used to satisfy course credit hour requirements. All students must complete a portfolio to demonstrate the completion of program objectives.

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Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year institution (or a course of study that is the equivalent of such a degree).
  2. A statement of purpose expressing student’s aspirations.
  3. A favorable review by the Social Science Graduate Admissions Committee. 

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (



Priority: March 1*

Final: June 30*


Priority: October 1*

Final: November 15*


Does Not Admit

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Ryan K. McNutt
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Program Director

Last updated: 5/1/2024