Why UM-Flint

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

As one of the world’s most consequential cities, Flint is the ideal backdrop for the study of Social Sciences. Add to that the talent of Michigan-Flint faculty and the resources of the entire University of Michigan system, and it’s easy to see why UM-Flint is recognized for graduate studies excellence in the social sciences.


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, or Gender Studies.


In addition to the three offered concentrations, with consent of an advisor it is also possible to customize the program concentration courses to meet your specific needs.


The program is excellent for bachelor-level graduates who wish to continue their exploration of social science disciplines and issues, including those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree.


The MA in Social Science program is well suited for teachers seeking graduate-level education in their fields to meet professional standards or deepen their understanding of social science. The program may be used to meet the State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) and can also be used to meet the Provisional Certificate first and second renewal.


UM-Flint’s Master of Arts in Social Sciences is also a great match for professionals in the public or private sectors who wish to increase their knowledge of various social, historical, cultural, political, and economic themes.


The 30-hour graduate credit program is designed primarily for part-time students with evening and some online courses.


Critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills are greatly enhanced as a result of rigorous coursework and discussion, which offers benefits regardless of your profession. Graduates also gain deeper 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.



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.

A. Core Curriculum (12 credits)

  • SSC 501 - Social Theory (3)
  • SSC 502 - Political Economy (3)
  • SSC 503 - Gender, Race and Inequalities (3)
  • SSC 504 - World Historiography (3)

B. Concentration of Choice (12 credits)

Four courses from one of the following concentrations*, with no more than three in a single area:

General Studies Concentration

Twelve credits to include any of the listed electives.

Global Studies Concentration

At least one course from each area:

Historical/Cultural Area

  • ANT/INT 515 - Seminar on Contemporary Global Issues (3)
  • ANT 556 - Anthropology of Religion (3)
  • HIS 574 - History of the British Empire since 1790 (3)
  • HIS 579 - Pacific World in Transition since 19th Century (3)
  • HIS 587 - Islam and Political Change (3)
  • SOC/ANT/INT 575 - Social and Cultural Change (3)

Political/Economic Area

  • ANT/INT 552 - Gifts, Goods, and Graft: The Anthropology of Value and Exchange (3)
  • ANT/INT/SOC/WGS 576 - Sex, Work and International Capital (3)
  • ECN 566 - The Global Economy (3)
  • ECN 567 - World Economic History (3)
  • POL 522 - Environmental Law and Public Policy (3)
  • POL 533 - International Law and Organizations (3)
  • POL 541 - The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective (3)
  • POL 544 - Latin American Politics (3)
  • POL 545 - European Politics (3)
  • POL 549 - Politics of the European Union (3)
  • POL/INT 559 - Comparative Revolutions (3)
  • POL 565 - Marxist Political Thought (3)
U.S. History and Politics Concentration

At least one course from each area:

Historical/Cultural Area

  • ANT 511 - Historical Archeology (3)
  • HIS 510 - Era of the American Revolution (3)
  • HIS 511 - Conflict, Reform and Expansion: America before the Civil War (3)
  • HIS 521 - History of the United States Constitution, 1789 to Present (3)
  • HIS 528 - Emergence of the United States as a World Power since 1914 (3)
  • HIS/AFA 534 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States (3)
  • POL/ANT 551 - Political and Legal Anthropology (3)
  • SOC 558 - Religion in American Society (3)
  • SOC 571 - Social Movements in America (3)
  • SOC 585 - Law and Society (3)

Political/Economic Area

  • ECN 521 - American Economic History (3)
  • ECN 573 - Law and Economics (3)
  • POL 529 - Civil Liberties and the Constitution (3)
  • POL 537 - US Foreign Policy (3)
  • POL 575 - Politics and American Labor (3)
Gender Studies Concentration

At least one course from each area:

Historical/Cultural Area

  • ANT/SOC/WGS 525 - Culture, Personality, and Beyond (3)
  • ANT/WGS 578 - Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
  • CRJ/WGS 500 - Gender, Crime and Justice (3)
  • HIS/WGS 569 - History of Women in America I (3)
  • HIS 581 - History of Women in America II (3)
  • SOC/WGS 574 - Gender and Society (3)
  • WGS 540/EDE 533 - Girls, Culture & Education (3)

Political/Economic Area

  • ANT/INT/SOC/WGS 576 - Sex, Work and International Capital (3)
  • POL/WGS 531/SOC 563 - Women and Work (3)
  • ECN/WGS 526 - Gender, Labor and Inequality (3)
  • WGS 585 - Women, Gender, and the Law (3)

Note: *Three credits of the following, may be applied toward a concentration with approval of advisor:

  • SSC 599 - Special Topics (1-3)

C. 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.

  • SSC 591 - Capstone Seminar (3)

D. Cognate (3 credits)

Any graduate level course, including IGS study abroad courses, outside the track of concentration and with the approval of advisor.

E. Other Electives

Other electives may be taken with approval of director.

Additional information on the The Master of Arts in Social Sciences including course descriptions can be found in the catalog




To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

Application Dates

Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. This program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. To be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted on or before:

Application deadlines are as follows:

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

* You must apply for admission by the early review 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 (temporarily extended to June 1) for the fall semester, October 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.