Jul 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Social Science [M.A.]

The Master of Arts in Social Science is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to take Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology courses. The program emphasizes flexibility, allowing students to tailor their coursework and research to their individual interests and objectives. Successful graduates of the program are prepared for various educational and professional opportunities, including additional expertise in elementary and secondary education, careers in the public and private sectors, and entrance to doctoral programs.

Program Admission

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in Summer, Fall, or Winter.


After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  1. Have at least 30 hours of undergraduate courses in Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and/or Sociology. 
  2. Complete a personal statement of no more than 500 words describing your interest in studying Social Science at EMU and how the MA in Social Science will enable you to attain your career and/or educational goals.

Department Information

History & Philosophy 701 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.1018

Peter Higgins, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information

John McCurdy, PhD, Graduate Coordinator, 701H Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0906

New students should arrange an early conference with the graduate advisor to plan their programs in detail.

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

The M.A. in Social Science requires completing 30 hours of course work distributed among major concentration courses, restricted elective courses, and elective courses.

Major Concentration: 24 hours

Required Core: 12 hours

Students must complete twelve credit hours at the 500- or 600-level in one of the following areas:

  • Economics (Any “ECON” courses)
  • Geography (Any “GEOG” courses)
  • History (Any “HIST” courses)
  • Political Science (one course from each of three groups, as specified by the Political Science department)
  • Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology (Any “SOCL,”“ANTH,” or “CRM” courses)

Restricted Elective Courses: 12 hours

Select twelve credit hours from at least two other disciplines listed above.

Elective Courses: 6 hours

Select six hours of any 500-600 level course not previously taken. Program faculty recommend students consult with their advisors before selecting courses.

Critical Graduation Information

Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.