Certificate Program in Assessment and Evaluation Research Skills

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The MA degree in Applied Sociology is a highly practical program of studies for individuals in the private and public sectors who want to fast forward their careers.Because applied diagnostic skills and applied knowledge about diversity in the workplace and society are of great value in virtually every occupational field, this master’s program prepares students and gives them a competitive edge in a variety of professional settings. As demonstrated in the jobs/promotions secured by M.A. graduates in applied sociology at other universities across the nation, these areas include, but are not limited to, departments of human resources or research and planning in banking, corporations, education, government, health care, insurance, marketing, as well as in community and other nonprofit organizations.

Students may complete the certificate program as part of their M.A. degree program in Applied Sociology, or they may do so as non-matriculated degree students. In either case, students will pay graduate tuition fees for all courses. 

Non-matriculated students in the certificate program will have the option to change to matriculated status and apply the certification courses to their degree program requirements, but they must do so before the completion of no more than nine graduate credits.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
May 1st: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis


*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • A course in statistics.
  • Writing sample, which could be a one to two page statement of purpose.

*Students who successfully complete this program with a grade of B or higher in all courses will be awarded a certificate from the Department of Sociology attesting to that achievement.

Contact Us

Professor Sheetal Ranjan
Program Director, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
ranjans@wpunj.edu
973-720-3568