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Master's in Applied Social Research

Program Description

The Master’s Degree in Applied Social Research targets students who want to acquire the skills associated with a master’s degree for career purposes but do not want to pursue a doctoral degree. The program may be completed in twelve months. When students finish, they will have mastered research skills that open doors to jobs in corporations, government, and non-profit organizations. This major differs from our traditional MS program where students write a master’s paper and typically continue on to a doctoral program.


The curriculum consists of 33 required credit hours. A minimum of 21 hours must be taken in the Sociology Department. The remaining 12 hours may be taken in sociology or another area with approval.

Of the total of 33 hours, at least 12 hours must consist of research methods or statistics, with a minimum of nine in sociology (up to three hours may be taken in other departments.) Any other courses in sociology may be taken to complete the 33 hours, including research methods, statistics, theory, or substantive courses and seminars.

Internship opportunities will be made available.

Admissions Requirements

  • The program is available to students of all majors who have passed with a grade of “C” or better a college-level course in social statistics and qualify on the other admissions criteria.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and a total of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE.
  • A personal statement of goals and anticipated plans.
  • Three letters of recommendation, two must be from college faculty.
  • An electronic copy of all transcripts, undergraduate and graduate, reflecting any academic work you have undertaken (copies to our Department can be unofficial but transcripts to FSU Graduate Admissions Office must be official).

Application Process

  • Apply for admission online at the Admissions Office website.
  • Upload writing samples, references, transcripts, and test scores electronically on admissions application. The Admissions Office requires OFFICIAL copies of all transcripts.
  • Once you have applied, the Online Status Check (OSC) will allow you to check on the receipt of transcripts and test scores, as well as checking the current status of your University application.
  • To access the OSC, you should go to You will log in with your FSUID and password. (Please be aware that the Admissions office processes thousands of applications each semester, and it takes time for files to be updated, especially around deadlines).


For Fall Admission the deadline is May 1.

Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2430

Office of Graduate Studies
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1410


Tuition and fee schedules are posted on the Controller's Office website. Tuition is adjusted each fall, depending upon state approved tuition rates. Please note that these schedules are for estimation purposes only, and do not necessarily reflect the intricacies of each individual student's schedule. Information about additional fees can be found here.

If you are looking for the Office of Financial Aid's cost of attendance estimates, they can be found here. Additionally, an estimated net price calculator can be found here.