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Master of Arts in Sociological Practice

We offer the Master of Arts in Sociological Practice program in both full-time (two-year) and part-time (three-year) options. 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.  Our classes all take place after 5 p.m. and usually are in person or in a hybrid format (i.e., in person and partially online).  However, during the COVID-19 health pandemic, classes are fully 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).

We encourage you to visit our website for more information and to explore our faculty members’ pages.

The strengths of our department are close mentoring and a culturally diverse faculty. We are committed to applying critical theories that further needed social change in the tradition of public sociology.

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.