Master’s Degree in Social Sciences


  Accredited by the Mexican Postgraduate Quality Program SEP-CONACYT (PNPC)

(Scholarships for Foreing Students)


PROGRAM NAME: Master's Degree in Social Sciences

General Office of Professions (DGP) Code: 611508

Typical time to degree: 4 semesters

Credits: 120

Degree conferred: Master of Social Sciences

Campus where it is offered: Hermosillo



General Objective

To train researchers capable of developing multidisciplinary research projects in Social Sciences, under the direction of a senior researcher, that address national and regional socio-cultural problems and, at the same time, generate information that can be applied to intervention projects and evaluations of social programs.

Specific Objectives

  • To develop students’ skills and competencies for interacting in environments of discussion and debate where different disciplines coexist, in pursuit of complex solutions to real problems.
  • To train students in techniques and methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting the results of social research and in strategies for integrating scientific knowledge.
  • To form professionals capable of working, refining and evaluating multidisciplinary Social Science research projects designed to satisfy demands for information.
  • To foster interdisciplinary Social Science research, establishing the bases for integrating them as complex knowledge, linking related areas such as those that are cultivated at the divisional level.



Graduate Profile


  • Graduates will be familiar the theoretical-methodological hypotheses and foundations of multi- and interdisciplinary research processes, so that, by means of a guided process, they can use them as guidelines for action aimed at solving socially relevant problems.
  • Working under guidance and in an interdisciplinary team, graduates will be able to participate in the development of diagnoses which allow them to identify and intervene in situations and problems that demand analytical strategies and inter and/or multidisciplinary operational modes.
  • Graduates will be able to participate in teams for multi and interdisciplinary research projects, applying the techniques, communication strategies and solutions in the various fields that demand it.
  • Graduates will have the conceptual tools that allow them to sustain valid and operative scientific arguments in the different disciplinary fields, which allow them to prove explanatory theoretical models that currently explain social problems.


  • Graduates will develop negotiation skills and abilities to integrate into inter- and/or multidisciplinary work and research groups.
  • Under the guidance of a research team, graduates will be able to take the production of the information obtained in multidisciplinary research to those who demand it and evaluate explanations.
  • In co-participation with the research team into which they are integrated, they will be able to publish, in book chapters: theoretical tests and empirical scientific articles.
  • They will be able to teach or tutor topics related to the various dimensions and dynamics of integration of social science knowledge.



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Course list

Contemporary Social Theories

Social Research Methodology I

Integrative Thinking I

Social Research Topics

Social Research Methodology II

Integrative Thinking II

Elective I

Graduation Seminar I

Elective II

Graduation Seminar II

Elective Courses

Globalization and Social Processes

Studies for the Knowledge Society

Education for Sustainability

Communication and Public Health

Governability and Institutional Change

Legislation and Public Policies

Political Culture 

Contemporary World History

Cultural History

Communication Practices in Latin America

Migration and Social Mobility

Violence, Criminality and Security

Diversity and Gender

Family Studies

Educational Paradigms

Models in Education

Educational Strategies

Public Policies in Education



1. Emergent Social Problems in Culture and Ethno-development. Central themes of this line are cultural confrontation, memory and human communication; aspects which, according to Hobsbawm (2008), are as important a part of global capitalism today as the flow of goods and capital. Under this logic, the necessary scope of investigation is taken care of, which has to do with the identity, multiculturalism and regional social practices related to the collective memory and the limits of understanding between social groups with conflicting interests (Hernández, 2003). In the complicated transnational vicinity environment between Arizona and Sonora, with open cultural confrontations, multiethnic migration and groups of armed civilians on the North American side, the addressed topics are of vital importance; the above can be explained by expressions of racism, especially the deaths of undocumented migrants for almost a decade (Humane Borders, 2010). Many regional social phenomena, such as the seasonal migration described above, arise as unforeseeable emergencies, which is why this line is intended to react quickly in the study of non-cyclical and auto-instituting social phenomena.

2. Social Development and Educational Processes. Their field of convergence covers topics such as family, social exclusion and the study of marginalization, as they are considered relevant and conflicting aspects in the Latin American environment (Sánchez, 2008); local manifestations which, according to national specialists, force an interdisciplinary monitoring by region, should not be excluded (Núñez, 2010). Given the size of the problem, it is of particular interest for the state of Sonora to address population ageing and the ways in which the family must be modified to face this issue, as it has been determined that by the year 2030, 17 percent of Sonora's population will be elderly (Grijalva et al. 2007). Along with this, investigating forms access to education, achievement and educative reforms will be addressed with special attention. Opportunity areas identified as critical in the national environment by international evaluation entities are thereby addressed (CERI, 2004), and it is intended to also establish an influence environment with proposals arising from scientific research for the improvement of regional-global education processes in environments marked by the growing demand for education, inequality in competition, in access, and the education lag of minorities (Martínez, 2002).  The priority of this LGAC (Line of Generation and Application of Knowledge, acronym in Spanish) is visible in the multitude of challenges the State of Sonora will face in the immediate future.

3. Globalization and Sustainability. The LGAC of globalization and sustainability addresses problems of the individual in the environment, the city and its behavior. To agree with international authors (Jorgensen, 2003) and regional specialists (Wong-González, 2009), the Latin American case is understood here as an area of opportunity that can be only be understood and approached if the structural levels are studied altogether; that is to say, nature, the community and the individual. Contemporary research suggests that Sonora, with more than 16% of migrant population, suffers from the effects of accelerated growth in the fields of global tourism which, although it generates income, does not result in ecological awareness or in the acquisition of competitive advantages for the average citizen (Enríquez, 2008). Problems such as the critical water shortage, growth of cities, pollution of the soil and air, depletion of natural resources, and the ecological, social and economic consequences of climate change, increasingly characterize Sonora's environment. Research in this LGAC approaches said problems from the perspective of sustainable lifestyles and environmental design (Corral, 2010). Public policies also problematize security, legislation and public service. As has been suggested (Bañón, 2003), topics such as violence, governability and employment demand research capable of informing decision makers of the guidelines to follow in order to face socially sensible and immediate problems. Scientific research and the applicability of its data are decisive, in the context of a region characterized by volatile migration, gender-related crimes and an unequal economic growth, resulting in exclusion (Denman, 2001).






Dr. Víctor Corral Verdugo


Dr. Martha Frías Armenta

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Dr. Daniel González Lomelí


Dr. Gustavo Lorenzana Durán


Dr. Blanca Aurelia Valenzuela

1 and 2

Dr. Lucila Caballero Gutiérrez


Dr. Gustavo Adolfo León Duarte

1 and 2

Dr. Manuela Guillén Lúgigo

1 and 2

Dr. Aarón Aurelio Grageda Bustamante

1 and 3

Dr. Blanca Silvia Fraijo Sing

1 and 3

Dr. Emilia Castillo Ochoa


Dr. Jesús Ángel Enríquez Acosta

1 and 3

Dr. César Octavio Tapia Fonllem

1 and 3

Dr. Rogelio Larios Velasco


Dr. Juan Manuel Romero Gil

1 and 2

Dr. Dora Elvia Enríquez Licón


Dr. José Guadalupe Rodríguez Gutiérrez


Dr. María Auxiliadora Moreno Valenzuela

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Entrance requirements

  • Have a Bachelor's degree in law, sociology, anthropology, psychology, communication science, history, education, social work, literature or any other field related to Social Sciences.
  • Complete the application to the Master's in Social Sciences Program. The application is available online at the postgraduate program's website ( The application must indicate the line of research the applicant wants to integrate into (present application in printed form together with other documents).
  • Pass all courses in their undergraduate program with an average of no less than 80.
  • Have sufficient knowledge in the use of word processors, spreadsheets, software for the creation of presentations and strategies to discriminately search for information on the Internet.
  • Have oral and written communication skills; as well as comprehension of academic materials in English.
  • Pass English exam equivalent to TOEFL with a minimum of 450 points.
  • Complete the EXANI-III (CENEVAL) entrance examination, obtaining the minimum score established by the Postgraduate Degree's Academic Commission.
  • Hold and pass an interview with the Selection-Entrance Academic Commission.
  • Present a general proposal of interdisciplinary research in one of the lines that make up the Masters in Social Sciences Degree Program.


Applicant Profile

Applicants to the Program must be knowledgeable of their social reality and their socio-political and cultural environment, as well as have strong humanistic inclinations. Their professional discipline of origin must be related to work and techniques of Social Sciences, allowing them to engage directly and efficiently in the analysis and promotion of solutions along with other human sciences. Applicants must also have special interest in deepening the logical and analytical reasoning which allow them to link to other disciplinary approaches to the solution of specific problems. Applicants must have ability to relate to, recognize and communicate with other professionals; as well as express interest in developing high-level scientific and multidisciplinary research.



Graduation requirements

To obtain the master's degree, the student must:

  • Successfully complete all course credits and satisfy the other requirements established in the corresponding graduate program.
  • Certify comprehension of a language other than Spanish, as established by the Graduate Academic Committee of the respective study program.
  • Pass the degree examination in the written and oral phase before an ex-profeso appointed committee.
  • For the master's degree, pass a general knowledge exam, if required by the postgraduate program.
  • Comply with provisions and requirements established by Department of Academic Services for the issuance of the degree.


Degree Options

Pass their degree examination in the written and oral phase, in the terms indicated in articles 61 and 62 of the Graduate Studies Regulations of the University of Sonora. The written phase of the master's degree examination will consist of the development of an individual thesis, which shows a coherent overall research effort, following scientific and multidisciplinary methodology, which shows the integration of knowledge from at least two Social Science disciplines. Present and defend the corresponding thesis before the designated thesis committee, based on the project developed under guidance of their thesis director and their committee's tutors.



Cost of the EXANI-III

The applicant registration fee to study at the University of Sonora is published every year along with the new student admission announcement. See this information for the last year:


Enrollment and tuition fees

When enrolling in one of the undergraduate or graduate degree programs, students must pay all the corresponding fees based on the current minimum wage in the city of Hermosillo, pursuant to the Fee Regulation.   See last year's information: fees and discounts per course


Infrastructure fees

30 DSMM (this item's cost and its half-yearly amount is in process of authorization by the General Treasury of the University of Sonora).


Please note: Program Coordinators may nominate accepted applicants for a national CONACYT (National Council for Science and Technology) scholarship, provided they meet the requirements of the current call for applicants. The number of scholarships to be awarded will be subject to the CONACYT budget. The order of precedence will be determined based on the curve resulting from the average score of the admission process.



Dr. Blanca Silvia Fraijo Sing

Program Coordinator

Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio y Reforma s/n, Col. Centro, C.P. 83000, Edificio 7F. Hermosillo, Sonora.

Tel: +52 (662) 454 8410