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California State University, Long Beach
Master's Program In Applied Sociology
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Our Mission

The Mission of the Applied Master’s Program in Sociology is to prepare graduates to go on to a PhD program or for leadership positions in a variety of public and private organizations that require evidence-based decision-making and policy advocacy skills. Our program is based on the premise that research best serves the community when it is grounded in sociological insight, linked to community organizations, and guided by a commitment to social justice. While our students are theoretically informed, they are also grounded in the realities of the community and guided by a social-justice framework that enhances sensitivity to the role of power, inequality, and historical injustice in the conduct and use of social research. We see graduates as research change agents capable of doctoral work or working closely with executive directors, staff and community organizers to enhance the impact of their organizations.  The problem-based and multidisciplinary approach recognizes the complexity of working in and with communities and organizations and prepares students for research or work in resource scarce settings with complex racial, ethnic, class, gender, and ideological characteristics.  Because you will acquire valuable evidence-based decision-making and policy-advocacy skills, you will graduate from the program ready to assume meaningful roles in a variety of public and private organizations or to move on to a competitive doctoral program.