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Master of Arts in Sociological Practice

 We are a 2 year full-time Masters of Arts in Sociology program, however many of our students take advantage of the part-time program. We call ourselves “Sociological Practice” because we encourage our graduate students to take real life social problems as the focus of their research. Our program encourages community and civic engagement through research. Most faculty members contribute to and draw upon scholarship in critical Sociology.  All of our classes are in the evenings and a few are online.

Our graduate students go on to work with social services and criminal justice agencies, non-profit or community groups, and evaluation companies. Many of our graduates go on to teach at community colleges and several have successfully entered Ph.D. programs. The MASP program is not a social work program (MSW).

The strengths of our department are close mentoring and a culturally diverse faculty.  We are committed to combining traditional sociological theory and research with sociology’s rich tradition of studying social problems.

The program includes theory, qualitative and quantitative methods, field experience and applied research. 

Questions about the MASP program? Email our MASP Coordinator:

Richelle Swan, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Graduate Coordinator for MASP
Office: SBSB 4218
Telephone: 760-750-4633



Please see the Application page for detailed information on our application procedures for this cycle, which opens on October 1, 2020 and closes for the MASP Program on March 1, 2021:  Application Procedures

After decisions are made, applicants will be notified by e-mail first and then by a letter in the U.S. postal mail.

You can sign-up to receive updates regarding our MASP news, updates, application information and workshops here if you haven’t yet: Sign Up for Updates!

CSUSM also offers additional information for students interested in applying to graduate school that you may want to read: Additional Information.