Unconditional Admission: The University Catalogue prescribes the following criteria for unconditional
- 50 percentile on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or both sections of the
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and
- A grade point average of 2.5 or better (on a 4 point scale) for the junior and senior years of a bachelor's degree from a regionally
accredited college or university.
Conditional Admission: Under certain circumstances
the Program Director may recommend Conditional Admission. In this case
specific conditions will be attached to admission which the student must meet
during the first semester of graduate study.
Graduate admission procedures are outlined in detail on the
Admission Requirements page of the Graduate Studies & Research website. Individuals applying for
the MA in Social Sciences must provide the following:
- A completed application form.
- An official transcript from each college or university at which
undergraduate or graduate credit has been earned.
- Official record of the scores earned on either the
Miller Analogies Test or the
Graduate Record Examination. Students who are considering
further study at the Ph.D. level are strongly encouraged to take the
- Three letters of recommendations accompanied by the
MASS Reference Form.
- A personal essay of not more than three pages explaining
specifically why they want to pursue the MASS and what concentration they desire.
Essays should address the following questions:
- What concentration do you desire to pursue?
- What attracted you to this discipline?
- What professional goals do you have for the next 10 years, and how will the Master of Arts in Social Sciences in your particular concentration help you attain those goals?
- What are your particular strengths and weaknesses as a professional and scholar?
Request for Transfer Credit forms if transfer credit is desired
for graduate credit which has already been earned.
While an interview with the Program Director is not required, it is strongly
encouraged. Applicants may be denied admission if, in the opinion of the
Program Director or the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the program
cannot meet a student's stated career and personal goals or those goals are not
Individuals applying for the MASS may apply by mail or online. All
materials should be sent electronically or hard copy to:
Edinboro University of
School of Graduate Studies
148 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444
Once all material has been received, the prospective student's
file is sent to the MASS Program Director for review. The Program Director
has three possible courses of action: recommend unconditional admission,
conditional admission (stating the conditions), or denial of admission.
Once a recommendation has been made, the Program Director will inform the
prospective student via e-mail. In some cases the Program Director may
contact the prospective student for more information or to schedule an
interview. Within two weeks of receiving the Program Director's
recommendation, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research should formally notify
the student of his or her acceptance. The student will then be able to register
for classes. Initial class registration should be accomplished in
coordination with the Program Director.
Application Deadline. The MASS program does not
have a specific application deadline. To be considered, however,
applications must be complete at least a week before the beginning of the
semester in which the student desires to begin.
Access and Opportunity. As the major provider of graduate
education in northwestern Pennsylvania and along the southeastern shore of Lake
Erie, Edinboro University and the Departments of History & Anthropology and
Sociology are dedicated to providing all capable students access to the
opportunity to pursue graduate education. The MA in Social Sciences is a
rigorous program but in admitting students we consider the whole person.