Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Science in Applied Sociology

How long does it take to complete the graduate degree?

The length of time required to complete the Master of Science in Applied Sociology degree depends on whether a student is full time or part time and how the student performs in classes. A full time student taking the minimum course load of 9 graduate credit hours could possibly complete the Master's degree in approximately 5 semesters (21 months) if the student registers for classes during the summer semester. A minimum of 36 graduate credit hours is required to complete the degree.


Are assistantships and/or financial aid available for students working on a degree in this area?

The Master of Science in Applied Sociology degree program has a limited number of graduate assistantships available. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are available for every academic semester of the year. Other aid may be available depending on your financial status. Visit (Web site) to learn what is available.


How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

Students must apply for graduate assistantships through Southeastern's Human Resources Web site. All employment, including graduate assistantships, must be completed online. The site is searchable for particular positions, e.g., graduate assistantships.


What is the amount of a graduate assistantship?

Assistantships for Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants begin at $9,000 for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students receiving an assistantship also receive a tuition waiver; this includes non-resident fees for students who are not legal residents of Louisiana. The financial package for a Louisiana resident student receiving an assistantship for fall and spring semester including a tuition waiver is valued just over $13,000.


What is required of a student receiving a graduate assistantship?

Job responsibilities and tasks are different depending on which type of graduate assistantship, i.e., TA,or RA, a student receives. All students on graduate assistantships are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and must register for a minimum full course load of graduate credit hours, which is 9 hours per fall and spring semester. Students receiving a graduate assistantship in the summer are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and register for 6 graduate credit hours of course work.


How do I know this is the degree for me?

Helpful qualities for applied sociology majors include:

* An analytical mind
* Self-confidence and motivation
* Good communication skills
* Good decision-making skills
* Courses in theory, research methods and statistics at the undergraduate level
* A desire to improve your community


What are the employment opportunities for a person with a graduate degree in this area?

Persons with this degree will be trained to work as middle to high-level administrators or researchers in public and private agencies. We have specifically received letters of support expressing an interest in our graduates from: Law enforcement agencies; Judicial systems; City, parish and state agencies; Department of Public Safety and Corrections; Louisiana Department of Social Services, Office of Community Services; Health care facilities; Legal Service Corporation; Law firms; Youth Service Bureau; and Community organizations.


What salary range can be expected with this graduate degree?

Starting salaries vary widely by experience, practice setting, region, and state.