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The MS degree in Integrative Social Science is intended for forward-looking students who wish to make a positive impact on society. The integrative approach emphasizes both theoretical analysis and real-world problem-solving abilities. The degree puts you in an excellent position to pursue either doctoral work in the social sciences or a professional career in fields that seek to improve the lives of everyday people.
This master's program can also be completed in an accelerated timeframe, in the combination 4 + 1 combined BS/MS program. By sharing 12 credits across the two degrees, you save a year of course work (and money!).
The program explodes traditional intellectual boundaries to immerse you in the theories and skill sets relevant to success in many fields. You’ll cultivate an approach to social analysis that might otherwise escape students in traditional, silo-centric social science programs.
You will …
You’ll draw from the best of disciplines across the social sciences to contribute as a leader, teacher, and changemaker in a technically sophisticated, interconnected world.
Whether you are seeking a pathway to doctoral study or are a professional looking for advanced training in the social sciences, your training in the master’s in integrative social science offers a solid foundation for work in a variety of areas, including:
The master’s in integrative social science also provides excellent preparation for doctoral programs in the social sciences or humanities.
Your core courses (12 credit hours) are team-taught by experts in political science, sociology, economics and philosophy
ISS 501 Advanced Integrated Social Research Methods
ISS 502 Advanced Seminar in Integrated Social Science
ISS 504 Advanced Integrated Theories of Social Science
ISS 505 Multivariate Methodologies of Social Science
You choose electives (12 credit hours) from these courses or others approved by your advisor
ISS 506 Community Governance, Leadership, and Civic Engagement
ISS 508 Knowledge, Innovation, and Social Change
ISS 510 Religion, Secularism, and Social Dynamics
ISS 512 Advanced Integrative Ethics in Social Science
ISS 514 Cultural Diversity and Gender Understanding
ISS 516 Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies, and Social Movements
ISS 518 Science, Technology, and Social Systems
ISS 522 Globalization and International Political Economy
ISS 562 Politics of Development and Underdevelopment
You decide on the culminating experience best for you (6 hours)
Option 1: ISS 599 Thesis (6 credits)
Recommended for those who may go on to a doctoral program.
Option 2: ISS 593 Applied Project and ISS 584 Internship (3 credits each)
Recommended for those looking to advance in their professional field.
We welcome applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree in any of the social sciences or a related field, or who want to pursue a second master’s degree.
Academic transcripts and scores from the GRE exam are required (and evidence of English proficiency for international students).
You may apply to start the program in the fall semester.
Current undergraduate ASU students majoring in any of the three social science majors at ASU Polytechnic campus (social science, political science, and science, technology and society) are encouraged to consider the 4+1 accelerated BS/MS combination program. You may apply during your junior year.