Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Social Sciences (MA) Program Apart?


UM-Flint’s Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences program is uniquely tailored for three distinct audiences:

  • Bachelor-level graduates who wish to continue their exploration of social science disciplines and issues; can prepare you for doctoral work should that be a goal
  • Teachers seeking graduate-level education in their fields to meet professional standards or deepen their understanding
  • Professionals with private or public sector jobs who wish to increase their knowledge in areas of social sciences
  • The 30-hour graduate credit program is designed primarily for the part-time student with evening and some online courses.
  • The Social Sciences program allows you to combine core courses with a concentration in one of three areas: U.S. History and Politics, Global Studies, and Gender Studies.
  • It is also possible with consent of an advisor to personalize the program with a large variety of concentration courses to meet your specific needs and interests.
  • Social Sciences faculty are engaged and accessible, challenging you in a critical, multidisciplinary exploration of human societies across the globe, while assisting you to develop critical reading, research, and writing skills in social science.
  • Students gain an understanding of and appreciation for differences that abound across the global community, preparing them to interact with people of different backgrounds and cultures in the workplace and in society.
  • The program may be used to meet the 180 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) and can also be used to meet the Provisional Certificate first and second renewal.
  • Critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills are greatly enhanced as a result of rigorous coursework and discussion which offers benefits, regardless of your profession.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15
  • Summer – May 15

* You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.


Social Sciences (Master of Arts)


Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, distributed as follows, with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. The program must be completed within six consecutive years.

  1. Graduate Core Curriculum (12 credits).
    SSC 501 - Social Theory.  
    SSC 502 - Political Economy.  
    SSC 503 - Gender, Race and Inequalities. 
    SSC 504 - World Historiography.  
  2. Concentration options (12 credits). Four courses from one of the following concentrations*, with no more than three in a single area:
    1. Global Studies Concentration.
      Historical/Cultural Area
      ANT 515  / INT 515 - Seminar on Contemporary Global Issues. 
      ANT 556 - World Religions.  
      HIS 574 - History of the British Empire since 1790.  
      HIS 579 - Pacific World in Transition since 19th Century.  
      HIS 587 - Islam and Political Change. 
      SOC 575  / ANT 575  / INT 575 - Social and Cultural Change.  

      Political/Economic Area

      ANT 552  / INT 552 - Culture and Economy in Cross-Cultural Perspective. 
      ANT 576  / INT 576  / SOC 576  / WGS 576 - Sex, Work & International Capital. 
      ECN 566 - The Global Economy.  
      ECN 567 - World Economic History. 
      POL 533 - International Law and Organizations. 
      POL 541 - The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective.  
      POL 544 - Latin American Politics. 
      POL 545 - European Politics. 
      POL 549 - Politics of the European Union. 
      POL 559  / INT 559 - Comparative Revolutions. 
      POL 565 - Marxist Political Thought.  
    2. U.S. History and Politics Concentration.
      Historical/Cultural Area
      ANT 511 - Historical Archaeology. 
      HIS 510 - Era of the American Revolution. 
      HIS 511 - Conflict, Reform and Expansion: America before the Civil War. 
      HIS 521 - History of the United States Constitution, 1789 to Present. 
      HIS 528 - Emergence of the United States as a World Power since 1914. 
      HIS 534  / AFA 534 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States. 
      POL 551  / ANT 551 - Political and Legal Anthropology. 
      SOC 558 - Religion in American Society. 
      SOC 571 - Social Movements in America. 
      SOC 585 - Sociology of Law. 

      Political/Economic Area
      ECN 521 - American Economic History. 
      ECN 573 - Law and Economics. 
      POL 523 - The U.S. Congress. 
      POL 526 - The U.S. Supreme Court. 
      POL 527 - The American Presidency. 
      POL 529 - Civil Liberties and the Constitution. 
      POL 537 - U.S. Foreign Policy. 
      POL 575 - Politics and American Labor. 
      SOC 566  / PUB 572 - Work, Occupations and Professions.  
    3. Gender Studies Concentration.
      Historical/Cultural Area
      ANT 525  / SOC 525  / WGS 525 - Culture and Personality. 
      ANT 578  / WGS 578 - Sex & Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective. 
      CRJ 500  / WGS 500 - Gender, Crime and Justice. 
      HIS 569  / WGS 569 - History of Women in America I.  
      SOC 574  / WGS 574 - Gender and Society. 
      WGS 540  / EDE 533 - Girls, Culture and Education. 

      Political/Economic Area
      ANT 576  / INT 576  / SOC 576  / WGS 576 - Sex, Work & International Capital. 
      POL 531  / WGS 531  / SOC 563 - Women and Work. 
      ECN 526  / WGS 526 - Gender, Labor and Inequality. 
      WGS 585 - Women, Gender, and the Law.  

      *Three credits of SSC 599 - Special Topics. , may be applied toward a concentration with approval of advisor.
  3. SSC 591 - Capstone Seminar.  (3 credits).
    Investigation of issues in social sciences in a particular area of student interest under the direction of a MA in Social Sciences faculty member.
  4. Cognate (3 credits).
    Any graduate level course, including IGS study abroad courses, outside the track of concentration and with the approval of advisor.

Transfer of Credit

Up to six (6) semester credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted to transfer.  Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director.  Requests for transferring additional coursework may be made by submitting a petition to the program director.  Petitions will be reviewed jointly by the program director and the MA in Social Sciences Admission Committee. 

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