M.S.Ed. in Social Studies Education

Social Studies Education

M.S.Ed. in Social Studies Education

We are currently seeking approval for a new “Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum” online degree. Until the approval process is complete, we will continue to accept applications for the residential (face-to-face) version of this degree.

This 36-credit hour degree program focuses on contemporary methods and issues in social studies education.

You’ll take a variety of courses that explore curriculum, instruction, and research at elementary or secondary levels, as well as classes that deepen your understanding of history, political science, sociology, and other social sciences.

You’ll have the opportunity to complete a research thesis, a field-based practicum, or other course work to meet your individual needs and interests.

  • Application Deadline
    FallMar 1Mar 1
    SpringNov 1Sep 1
    SummerMar 1Mar 1
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    • Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation
      • GRE Scores:
        • Required for domestic students only if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.00
        • Required for international students
      • Resume:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Required for international students
      • TOEFL score from last two years*

      *International students only

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Financial Aid
    • Learn about a variety of fellowships and travel awards that are available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

The Master's in Social Studies provides current and future teachers with a background in educational theory and research, teaching methods for social studies education, and additional preparation in content fields such as history, political science, sociology, and other social sciences.

This program is designed both for teachers who are already licensed and for those currently pursuing licensure through a graduate program at Indiana University. The program does not lead to initial teacher licensure.