College of Liberal Arts

Social Science (M.S.) - General

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the 36-unit program of study within a span of 7 years.
  • Completion of 18 units of core requirements

Program Curriculum

Core Courses (18 credits)


  • SOSC 600 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Problems (3)

And five of the following:

  • SOSC 601 The Geographer's View (3)

  • SOSC 602 The Historian's Approach: Comparative Historiography (3)

  • SOSC 603 The Economist's Perspective (3)

  • SOSC 605 American Politics in the 21st Century (3)

  • SOSC 606 Sociological Insights (3)

  • SOSC 609 Developmental Human Learning: A Life Span Approach (3)

  • WMST 607 Advanced Feminist Theory (3)

Elective Courses (18 Non-Core Credit Hours)

Option A: Thesis Track - Students selecting the thesis option for six credits will work with an advisor from their chosen disciplinary track.  Thesis topics, research requirements and work schedules will be determined in consultation with the track advisor. A thesis must be a minimum of 50 pages. The thesis will be reviewed by the Program Committee upon the recommendation of the student's advisor. .

Option B: Professional Presentation (Non-thesis track) - Students must deliver a peer-reviewed presentation for a university, local or national conference, organized by their track discipline or give a presentation to an assembly of Towson University faculty and program peers.

  • 500-700 level courses (Within disciplinary emphasis department) (12 credits)
  • 600-700 level courses (Any non-disciplinary emphasis department) (6 credits) >

Independent Study - Available to students after completion of 18 Core credits.

Transfer Credit

Students may apply 6 transfer credits with the grade of B or better, to the elective requirements, at the discretion of the program advisor. The program coordinator must approve transfer credits. Approval may be conditional upon the submission of previous written work. All transfers are subject to the seven-year statute of limitations.

Final Portfolio

M.S. SOSC candidates are required to submit a professional portfolio in order to ensure that they have mastered program goals.  Due dates for portfolios will correspond with University schedules for Masters’ Comprehensive Examinations: approximately April 1st for May graduation, July 1st for August graduation, and November 1 for January graduation.  Exact dates for each year will be printed in a letter from the director and on the M.S. SOSC webpage. Each M.S SOSC candidate will submit his or her portfolio to the Program Director, who will then distribute them to the advisory board members.  It is recommended that students make duplicate portfolios for their own professional use as they are often useful as part of job interviews.

There are two possible grading outcomes for the portfolio: (1) Pass—No revisions necessary; (2) Does not pass; Revisions required.  If the board deems the portfolio acceptable, the portfolio will pass.  If the board deems the portfolio unsatisfactory, the student will be asked to revise and resubmit the portfolio. The student must resubmit the portfolio prior to the deadline for graduation.  If the resubmission does not meet requirements, the student will be considered to have failed the portfolio requirement and will not graduate.

Contents of the Portfolio (PDF)

The program requires that all students (Options A and B) prepare a final portfolio of their work under the direction of their track adviser.


For more information, please contact:

Cindy Bollinger
Administrative Assistant
Master's of Science in Social Science
Room 217 Linthicum Hall
Application Deadline:
Rolling Admissions






Anneliese Johnson wishes to advance her understanding of American nationalism through a multi-disciplinary approach.






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