Master of Social Science

The Master of Social Science Degree (M.S.Sc.) is an interdisciplinary program for graduate students with a love of any of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, History, Social Science or Psychology, who wish to deepen their knowledge in any of these areas to prepare for careers or a doctoral program. This degree is for students who either wish to take advantage of the resources of several of the disciplines to study an area of interest or to strengthen their training and achievement in a single social science discipline.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Some MSSc students will acquire skills and knowledge for careers that make use of the social sciences; others prepare for further graduate work or professional training.

Some potential job opportunities are college teaching, non-profit research and research administration, law and other professional services, educational consulting, non-profit sector, for-profit research/market research, museums, journalism and writing, government and international non-governmental organizations, healthcare and energy sectors, public policy/advocacy/Think Tanks, etc.

The Master of Social Science program is available to all TROY students and online via TROY Online.

DEGREE OPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Check the graduate catalog for the current options and requirments.

The Master of Social Science Degree has two options for students to choose from. One is the thesis option and the other is the non-thesis option.

Non-thesis Option: 36 Hours
SS 6690 Seminar in Social Science; SS 6691 Survey Research Methods in Social Science SS 6698 Social Theory

Electives: 27 hours
Choose an additional 27 hours from the following disciplines:
Anthropology, Sociology, Social Science, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science or Psychology
Completion of Comprehensive
Examination

Thesis Option: 36 Hours
SS 6690 Seminar in Social Science; SS 6691 Survey Research Methods in Social Science
SS 6698 Social Theory

Electives: 21 hours
Choose an additional 21 hours from the following disciplines:
Anthropology, Sociology, Social Science, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science or Psychology
Thesis Courses: 6 hours
SS 6693 Thesis Practicum SS 6695 Thesis

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (M.S.Sc.)

Candidates for admission must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Students not holding an undergraduate degree in the social sciences or closely related fields might be required to successfully complete six hours of undergraduate foundational classes in the social sciences.

Students are encouraged to contact a program adviser for more information about prerequisites.

Unconditional Admission -To quality for unconditional admission to the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 30 semester hours. All hours attempted in the term in which the 30 semester hours were reached will be used to calculate the grade point average.

Have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam as indicated below (official score required).

GRE 850 combined (old) or 290 combined (new) or

MAT 385

Provide an official Troy University Letter of Recommendation that addresses the individual’s potential for success in the Master of Social Science.

Provide an official baccalaureate transcript from a regionally accredited college or university.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances to applicants who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements.

Students admitted conditionally only because of a low undergraduate grade point average will be cleared of their conditional status if, at the completion of nine semester hours, they have achieved a 3.0 grade point average or greater on all graduate work attempted. If this does not occur, they will be dropped from the graduate program for one calendar year after which they may petition the Dean of the Graduate School to re-enter.

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, but lack the required grade point average and/or acceptable test score (official test score required) to be admitted unconditionally, may be granted conditional admission for a maximum number of nine semester hours. Students admitted under conditional status may with the consent of their academic adviser, enroll in as many as nine semester hours during their first semester.