Dear Prospective Student,
The application period for the Master of Arts in Sociological Practice (MASP) Fall
2020 cohort runs from Oct. 1, 2019 to March 1, 2020. We will not be reviewing applications
until after the application period closes. Please note that we require you have a
minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to be admitted to the program. In addition, although
having a B.A. in Sociology is ideal, a related undergraduate degree in one of the
social sciences or in an interdisciplinary field along with some sociology experience,
may also prepare you well for the program. Feel free to contact the MASP Graduate
Coordinator, Dr. Richelle Swan, if you have questions about fit before applying.
The exact steps for the Fall 2020 application are being developed in Summer 2019,
but they will likely be very similar to the steps listed below:
- This year, applicants apply to the CSU and to the M.A. in Sociological Practice at
CSUSM through the CalState Apply system. Click on the tab for Graduate Programs and then click on, “Apply for Fall 2020”.
- As part of your application you will choose the CSU graduate programs to which you
want to apply. For our program, first click on Cal State San Marcos under the drop-down menu for campus. Then click on Master of Arts in Sociological Practice and you will see the MASP application and required attachments in Box 4 of the application
The CSU Apply application requires that you answer questions about personal information
(Box 1), academic history (Box 2), and supporting information (Box 3). Note that when
you enter your former /current college names you need to spell them out fully in order
to see them in the dropdown menu—e.g., California State University San Marcos, not
CSUSM. There are help menus on CSU Apply to aid you with any questions you have and
you can email representatives as well with questions. Start these first three sections
weeks before you need to in the event that you have any challenges filling them out.
When you fill out the supporting information box, they require you to submit a short
statement of purpose about why you are pursuing graduate study. If you are only applying
to our program, you can include the personal statement that you are submitting to
us in this section as well. If you are applying to multiple programs, they recommend
you upload a general statement of purpose.
You do not need to submit GRE scores for our program, but if you are applying to multiple
programs and one of them requires your scores, you should upload them in the standardized
test section of the academic history box. You should click “I am not adding any standardized
tests” if you are not adding the GRE to your package. In terms of the transcript entry
section, you will see the following directions: Graduate and Credential Applicants: Only enter courses that are in-progress or planned. Select “I am Not Adding Any College
Transcripts” if you don’t have in-progress or planned coursework.
Also note that the CSU charges $55 for each graduate program to which you apply.
It appears that they have fee waivers for eligible undergrad applicants who apply
but not for graduate applicants.
- For the supplemental MASP application (quadrant/box 4, Program Materials) you will be asked to provide the contact information
for your letter of recommendation writers, answers to our questions about your interest
in the program and program fit, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and official
transcripts from non-CSUSM undergraduate institutions and unofficial transcripts from all colleges you attended (including CSUSM).
- Recommendations: We ask you to provide the names, professional contact information and email addresses
for the three people (a minimum of two must be from former or current professors)
who have agreed to write you a letter of recommendation for graduate school. (Note
that the new program shows that you can add up to 10 recommendations. This is completely
unnecessary and will not increase your chances for admission; we are only looking
for three.) It is recommended that you waive your right to see this recommendation
by checking the box on this page. After you complete this page, your letter writers
will receive a link in their email where they can submit their letters. Be sure to
write a message to your potential letter writers on the letter of rec page, telling
them that the letter is due on March 1, 2020.
- Questions: In addition to the letters, we ask you to answer questions related to your interest
and fit for our graduate program. The CSU has set the blank answer boxes to use a
character count of 9999 characters. (You can see character counts under the word count
function on your word processing program, e.g., under Tools in Word) The questions
address your future goals, social justice awareness, research and community experience,
and previous academic work. You can see them on the attachment at the bottom of this
- Writing Sample: Your writing sample should be scholarly and demonstrate your promise as a graduate
student in Sociological Practice. We are looking for the ways in which you engage
with literature (you should be citing scholarly articles and books and include a reference
page) and demonstrate critical thinking skills. Your polished writing sample can be
a revised class paper or your own original paper. You will add your writing sample
under the tab labeled Writing Sample in Documents.
- Statement of Purpose: We ask you to provide us with a narrative that tells the admissions committee about
your personal biography, your educational journey, and your research interests as
they relate to the MASP program. We recommend 500 words or less, and be sure to include
your full name on this document. You will add the Statement of Purpose under the tab
that says Supplemental Materials in the Documents.
You will also need to upload the unofficial transcripts from all colleges that you have attended. Here are the official online instructions:
You will be required to submit (1) official transcript AND (1) unofficial transcript
from each college or university attended in order to be considered for admission. No official transcript from CSUSM will be required.
To Submit Your Official Transcripts:
Electronic delivery is the preferred delivery method. Verify with your school if an
electronic transcript is available. When ordering your electronic transcript, please
choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient. If California
State University San Marcos is not listed, please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the
recipient email address.
If you select to mail your transcript, please ensure the transcript is in an envelope
sealed by your school and addressed to:
Office of Admissions & Student Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
To Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts
Scan and save PDF copies of the unofficial transcripts from all institutions that
you have attended (including CSUSM).
Add your Unofficial Transcripts under Unofficial Transcripts . To upload select Add
After you have completed all four boxes of information on the CSU Apply app and you
have paid your fee, you will be ready to submit your application. Rest assured that
these directions will seem much easier to understand after you create and access your
account on CSU Apply.