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Master of Arts in Applied Social Research

Cleveland State University’s Master of Arts in Applied Social Research program provides advanced instruction in the essential empirical knowledge of social science, especially in the major applied social research skills, both qualitative and quantitative. The emphasis is on research skills needed for the workplace, including such topics as evaluation research, surveys, needs assessment, community impact, statistics, and data management. This training can be utilized in a variety of workplaces, including academic, business, government, and agency settings. Alternatively, the master's program can serve as preparation for doctoral studies. All core courses and seminars are held during late afternoon or evening hours, weekdays except Friday.

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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Criminology, Anthropology & Sociology

Phone 216.687.4517


Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • GRE or GMAT scores
    • Students with an undergraduate GPA of 4.0 are exempt from this requirement
  • Two or more Letters of Reference
  • Career Statement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

*Admission to the program is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA, GRE/GMAT test scores, career aspirations, and letters of recommendation. 

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 with at least 17 in each section
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 with at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 3.8

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - July 21st
    • Spring Semester - December 10th
    • Summer Semester - April 14th

Program Requirements

Students must take either SOC 695 (6 credits) or SOC 690 (6 credits), not both. All other courses listed are required and 3 credits each.

  • SOC 640 - Social Theory and Application
  • SOC 650 - Applied and Evaluation Research Methods
  • SOC 651 - Social Statistics I
  • SOC 652 - Social Statistics II
  • SOC 690 - Masters Research Internship
  • SOC 695 - Masters Research Practicum

Three tool skill courses including SOC 590, SOC 595, or approved graduate-level courses from related social science and interdisciplinary social science departments. At least one must be taken outside of CAS, but most students will take at least two from another department or college. The department has a list of pre-approved outside tool skill courses, but others may be taken with permission.

  • SOC 590 - Internship
  • SOC 595 - Writing for the Profession
  • COM 631 - Multivariate Statistical Methods
  • COM 634 - Qualitative Research Methods
  • ECN 503 - Economic Concepts
  • ECN 622 - Econometrics
  • HSC 510 - Principles of Evidence-Based Practice in Health Sciences
  • HSC 533 - Program Development & Evaluation
  • SWK 624 - The Social Worker as Leader and Manager
  • SWK 627 - Program Evaluation
  • UST 510 - Proposal Writing
  • UST 585 - GIS Principles
  • UST 586 - GIS Methods

Students select two graduate level seminars: 

  • SOC 561 - Aging and the Life Course
  • SOC 564 - Aspects of Police Work
  • SOC 568 - Sociology of Health and Health Care
  • SOC 570 - Gender and Society
  • SOC 575 - Ecology of Crime and Punishment
  • SOC 584 - Urban Social Change
Did You Know?

A degree in Applied Social Research gives students great flexibility in their future job searches.


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Career Outcomes

  • Graduates are working in business, non-profit, activist organizations, academic, business, social service, and government settings. 
  • Positions graduates commonly obtain include data analyst, market researcher, economic analysts, GIS analyst, GIS technician, public sector research, private sector research, evaluation and assessment specialist, policy researcher, public relations official, and human resource specialist. 
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Marcus Thomas, Case Western, State of Ohio Jobs, Newry Corp, ACCEL Schools, TRC Companies, CBRE, Spectrum, and Avery Dennison.