TRANSLATE CURIOSITY INTO CAPACITY
Students in the UCLA Master of Social Science program explore different disciplinary perspectives, theoretical frameworks, and analytic approaches in the social sciences.
Courses in the MaSS core curriculum are taught seminar-style by distinguished members of the UCLA faculty. Each course is assisted by an advanced graduate student preceptor to provide additional support and guidance. In addition to the core courses, MaSS students select two electives from the extensive graduate course offerings available at UCLA.
SOC SC 400: Social Science Research and Perspectives
This course introduces students to research paradigms, interpretive approaches, and key concepts in social science inquiry.
SOC SC 401: Qualitative Social Science Research Methods
This course introduces students to key concepts and approaches to qualitative research and provides hands-on experience with qualitative research methods.
SOC SC 402: Quantitative Data Analysis in Social Sciences
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of data analysis and statistics, focusing on the application of statistical methods in social problems research. Students learn and use R software in this course.
SOC SC 410: Engaged Social Science
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of “engaged social science” as an emerging orientation to transformative research.
SOC SC 420: Research Analysis and Writing
This course guides students toward completion of the capstone paper in which they demonstrate how social science research can be used to address a social problem.
SOC SC 430A: Community-Based Research
This course is part 1 of a 2-part course. In this course, students learn and practice the principles, ethics, and methods of community-based research (CBR). Students, in teams, will work with a partner (a non-profit organization) on a research project.
SOC SC 430B: Community-Based Research
This course is part 2 of a 2-part course series. In this course, students, in teams, will complete all aspects of the research project they have started in 430A.
Each quarter, MaSS students participate in a number of intensive workshops that emphasize practical skills. Our workshops include:
Data Analytics Programs: R, SPSS, Python, Tableau, SQL
Careers after Graduation: Meeting employers and learning about jobs in which you can apply MaSS training in the private, public and non-profit sectors
Preparing to pursue a Ph.D.: Crafting a strong application, writing your research statement, selecting the right programs
Professional Development: Perfecting your resume and interview skills, learning to network, and maximizing your use of LinkedIn