Master of Science in Applied Sociology
To remain in good standing in the Master of Science in Applied Sociology Program, a student must:
- Have a submitted and approved (signature of the Graduate Coordinator) individual degree plan prior to registering for his/her second semester of graduate coursework;
- Have any changes to the degree plan approved by signature of the Graduate Coordinator.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPLIED SOCIOLOGY DEGREE
To receive the Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Sociology Degree, students must:
- Satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of graduate coursework as outlined below.
- No more than 6 hours of 500 level coursework may be counted toward a degree.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework.
- No grade of “D” or “F” may be counted toward a degree. Any course to be counted toward a degree in which a “D” or “F” is earned must be repeated with a grade of at least “C.”
- No more than 6 hours of “C” grades may be counted toward a degree.
- A grade of "B" or better is required in all program core required courses (SOC 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606).
- Complete either an Internship or Thesis option as discussed below.
- Be recommended for the degree by the Graduate Faculty Committee.
- Meet all requirements for the M.S. in Applied Sociology degree within 6 years of enrolling in the M.S. in Applied Sociology program:
SOC 601 Complex Organizations (3 hours)
SOC 602 Social Stratification and Structured Inequality (3 hours)
SOC 603 Applied Social Theory (3 hours)
SOC 604 Applied Research Design and Methodology (3 hours)
SOC 605 Advanced Statistics for Applied Sociology (3 hours)
SOC 606 Evaluation and Assessment (3 hours)
Concentration Electives† (12 hours)
SOC 701 Field Internship or Soc 770 Thesis Research and Thesis (6 hours)
Total 36 hours
† Electives must be selected from one area of concentration found here.
Internship Option (Non-Thesis Option)
The internship involves application of sociological principles to work within an organization, agency, institution, or business setting, depending upon the student’s areas of interest. The work is supervised by an Agency Supervisor, the student’s Major Professor, and an Internship Committee.
Prior to graduation students choosing the Internship Option must report on their work before a forum of graduate faculty and graduate students. Before being recommended for graduation, a student must receive approval for his/her internship work from the Major Professor, Internship Committee members, Graduate Coordinator, and the Department Chair.
The thesis is a major work of independent research on an original topic, supervised by the student’s Major Professor and Thesis Committee.
Thesis Proposal Defense
Prior to beginning their research a student choosing the Thesis Option must defend his/her research proposal before a forum consisting of the Major Professor and Thesis Committee. Once approved, a student may begin his/her thesis research.
Prior to graduation a student choosing the Thesis Option must defend their thesis before a forum of graduate faculty and graduate students. In addition to a public defense, a student may be required to defend the thesis in a private session before his or her Thesis Committee. Before being recommended for graduation students must receive approval for their thesis from the Major Professor, Thesis Committee members, Graduate Coordinator, and the Department Chair.