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The College of Health and Human Services provides quality education for professional practice in a variety of areas associated with health and human services. The college aspires to the highest standard of educational excellence blending a professional perspective with a liberal arts and science foundation.
The College is committed to the development of students who are knowledgeable, caring, responsive and self-directed. The college aspires to produce graduates who are self-directed individuals able to meet the health and human caring needs of a diverse and complex society through change, advocacy and leadership within their communities.
The College’s School of Nursing offers graduate programs at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. Graduate programs within the School of Nursing include a Master’s of Nursing (MSN) in one of two tracks: Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership and Family Nurse Practitioner. For the nurse who already holds a MSN degree, post master’s certificates options are offered in Family Nurse Practitioner. The School of Nursing also offers post baccalaureate and post master entry options into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Post baccalaureate DNP students may enter the Family Nurse Practitioner or Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership track.
The College of Health and Human Service also offers through its School of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management a Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Management, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Management .
* Please refer http://www.troy.edu/admissions/ for specific program availability by location.
^ All courses are offered online in 16-week semesters.
Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.
The Sport and Fitness Management program is designed to provide the graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to engage in the practice of management in a variety of settings. The goals and objectives of the program are guided by, but are not limited to, the criteria and guidelines set forth in the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program by the North American Society for Sport Management.
Students are provided with classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences to accomplish these objectives. Students are evaluated on their progress in meeting the above objectives throughout the program. Opportunities and evaluations are provided for actual participation in professional clinical sites including athletic, sport and club fitness, coaching facilities, rehabilitation facilities and community settings in the practice of Sport and Fitness Management.
The program aims to provide a broad-based, comprehensive curriculum, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration that prepares a sport and fitness manager practitioner to
Upon successful completion of the SFM program, the student will be able to
Candidates for admission must hold a baccalaureate degree in sport and fitness management or related field.
A maximum of 12 semester hours taken at another regionally accredited institution of higher learning, with a grade of "B" or better, can be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable to Troy University’s courses and must be approved by the SFM graduate faculty.
Successful completion of the courses listed below with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better and successful completion of the required comprehensive examination is necessary to fulfill requirements for the degree. If a student makes a “D” or “F” in a core or concentration course, the course must be retaken. If the student earns a “D” or “F” in an elective course, the course may be retaken, or another elective taken in its place. The student can satisfy the research component requirement by successfully completing SFM 6617 and SFM 6691 with a grade of “B” or better.
All courses offer three semester hours of credit except SFM 6625, 6626, 6627, 6680, 6681, and 6682.
Sport and Fitness Management
Minimum Total Hours: 36
Students may choose one of three concentrations:
Students may choose thesis or non-thesis options in each concentration.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sport Management is a terminal degree focusing on student comprehension and interpretation of contemporary, theoretical and applied studies within the field of Sport Management. The mission of the program is to prepare the graduate with a broad range of sport management-related positions to include, but not limited to higher education, research, professional or amateur athletics, and professional sport industry.
The program aims to provide a comprehensive curriculum with an area of specialization to prepare a sport manager practitioner or academician to:
Upon successful completion of the Ph.D. in Sport Management the graduate will be able to:
The applicant must submit an application to the Troy University Graduate School. No prerequisites will be required for admission other than the applicant must have attained a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. In order to be given full consideration, all requested materials must be received by the deadlines listed below:
Application Deadlines (Preferred Application Dates):
Fall Admission for U.S. citizens: February 1
Fall Admission for non U.S. citizens: December 1
Spring Admission for U.S. citizens: September 1
Spring Admission for non U.S. citizens: July 1
Admission Examination Requirements
The Doctoral Admissions Committee will be composed of all Sport Management faculty members with doctoral directive status. Once all of the application information has been received from the Graduate School, the Sport Management Doctoral Admissions Committee will review all eligible applicants. After the committee considers all aspects of the admission process, it will make a recommendation regarding an applicant’s admission into the Ph.D. in Sport Management Program. After a decision has been made, applicants will be notified of their status.
Only those faculty members with doctoral directive status will be able to serve as a dissertation chair. All applicants are strongly encouraged to read about the backgrounds and interests of doctoral directive faculty members as www.troy.edu/hstm.
Students who are fully admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Management program may apply for a doctoral teaching assistantship offered on the Troy, Alabama campus. All Doctoral directive status faculty members will vote on the DTA applicants. If further discussion is needed, then interviews will be scheduled for the DTA applicants with the undergraduate program coordinator and the Ph.D. coordinator. Consult the Director of the Ph.D. in Sport Management Program for more details.
The Ph.D. degree in Sport Management at Troy University requires a minimum of 90 credits beyond a baccalaureate degree. In order to satisfy the 90 credits past a baccalaureate degree, no more than 30 credits of a Master’s or juris doctorate (J.D.) degree from another regionally accredited institution of higher education will be recognized. As such, the student must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours in the Sport Management doctoral program at Troy University.
Conditions for Transfer Credit from another Sport Management doctoral program:
All students accepted into the Ph.D. in Sport Management program are required to complete a new student orientation. The new student orientation may take the form of visiting the Troy campus or via virtual orientation. Students must meet with their major advisors routinely, preferably using technology such as but not limited to Skype, WebX or BlackBoard Collaborate that permits visualization of the parties, to discuss progress towards the degree. The primary research faculty member usually assumes the role of major academic advisor and Chair of the Comprehensive Examination and Dissertation Committees. Students and their committee chairs are responsible of organizing the Comprehensive examinations as well as the dissertation proposal and defense dates.
Consistent with other terminal degree programs at TROY, the Sport Management doctoral student will have a maximum time for degree completion of eight years, inclusive of completing dissertation requirements. However, it is important to note that a full-time student (i.e., taking 6 credits per term) may be able to complete coursework in two (2) years. Additionally, dissertation may require 1-2 years to fully complete. As a result, students can finish the program in as little as three (3 years).
At least once per academic year all faculty with doctoral directive status and graduate faculty teaching in the doctoral program will meet to discuss and evaluate the progress of all doctoral students in the program. This evaluation is designed to assist the doctoral student in successfully completing the program on a timely basis. The results of the evaluations will be distributed to the students by the coordinator of the doctoral program in a timely manner.
Sport Management doctoral students are required to successfully complete a written and oral comprehensive examination prior to generating a dissertation proposal and subsequent research study. The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to provide the doctoral candidate the opportunity to demonstrate a degree of mastery related to the salient concepts, theories, and practices pertaining to the discipline of Sport Management. The doctoral student will be provided an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies, including statistical methodology.
Timeframe for the Comprehensive Examination
The comprehensive exam may be taken in the last term of class enrollment but not any later that the end of the three subsequent terms, unless extenuating circumstances arise and approved by the committee chair. For example, should students complete their final classwork during term 2, they may elect to take the comprehensive exam in term 2 but no later than the end of term 5 unless extenuating circumstances arise.
Applying for the Comprehensive Examination
Students must inform their major advisor of their intent to take Comprehensive Exam in ample time to permit the development of the examination questions and for the preparation of the student for those questions. All students must submit a Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Application and receive approval from their major advisor, who generally serves as the comprehensive exam committee chair, at least two (2) weeks before the exam is given.
Preparing for the Comprehensive Examination
The comprehensive exam is a collaborative process between the student and the comprehensive exam committee chair, with participation by other three other selected members of the comprehensive exam committee. Students will meet with their respective Comprehensive Examination Committee Chair to discuss components of the exam and resources to assist them in responding to the questions. Under no circumstances should the students be given the actual questions that are to be included on the exam. Contact by the student with other committee members is recommended. Each member, including the chair, of the examination committee will be prepare and evaluate questions within the areas of their expertise, including at least one section for research and statistics.
Taking the Comprehensive Examination
The sport management comprehensive exam will be offered in three ways: take-home only, proctored only, or combination of take-home and proctored exams. The comprehensive examination committee will determine the dates of the exam and the timeframe for the students to return their responses. Both the exam and response return dates will be provided to the student well in advance of taking the exam to minimize interference of external entities (i.e., jobs, family issues, etc…). The chair of the comprehensive examination will oversee the administration of the comprehensive exams including the distribution of the written exam to the student, collection of the responses, dissemination of the answers to the other members of the comprehensive examination committee and scheduling the oral examination.
Questions on the written portion of the comprehensive examination will cover and integrate material from one research class and three content classes associated to the student’s area of specialization. The student must return the exam to the committee chair by the assigned date and time. Unless the student notifies the committee chair of extenuating circumstances and such circumstances are approved by the committee, failure to do so may result in the student being terminated from the program.
Once a student has completed the written portion of the comprehensive exam, an oral examination with the student’s Comprehensive Examination Committee will be scheduled. The oral examination must be conducted in such a manner (i.e. Skype, BlackBoard Collaborate or other acceptable technological means) that there is visualization between all involved parties. Performance on both the written and oral components of the exam must be acceptable to the comprehensive examination committee for the student to receive a passing grade.
Evaluating the Comprehensive Examination
The written examination will be read and evaluated by all members of the student’s comprehensive exam committee. Generally, one week after the written examination the comprehensive exam committee will meet with the student for an oral component of the exam. NOTE: each question must be scored by at least three members of the committee. Except for allowed substitutions, all members of the examination committee must be present with the student at the oral part. Performance on both the written and oral components of the exam must be acceptable to the comprehensive examination committee. At this time, the examination committee is responsible for deciding whether the student is qualified to be admitted to doctoral candidacy.
After completing the written and oral examination, the committee will score the exam in the following manner:
Pass with Distinction:
All of the committee members agree that the student responded to all parts of the examination in an outstanding manner.
The majority of the committee members agree student responded to the majority parts of the examination in an acceptable manner. However, in case of a tie, either the Dean or Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services will asked to read and evaluate the exam.
Fail Retake Permitted:
At least three of the committee members agree that the student failed to respond in an acceptable manner to more than one of the sections asked and this is the first time the exam has been taken. Under such circumstances, the exam cannot be retaken until the next semester. The student will be required to be enrolled in at least one credit hour for the semester the exam will be taken for the second time. While the committee members will remain the same, the questions asked may be different. The student will not be allowed to propose a doctoral dissertation until the exam is passed. Additionally, if the committee members agree that the student failed to respond in an acceptable manner in the second exam, the student’s program will be terminated. Retaking the comprehensive final will be permitted only once.
All of the committee members agree that the student failed to respond in an acceptable manner to more than one of the parts asked, no retake will be permitted, and the student’s program is terminated.
Reporting Results of the Comprehensive Doctoral Examination
Admission to Doctoral Candidacy
Students seeking to enter Doctoral Candidacy must have:
The members of the Dissertation Advisory Committee should be appointed as soon as possible after the student has begun doctoral work, and in general, no later than the end of 18 hours or three terms into the program. The proposal is a document that formally presents the student’s written description of the projected doctoral dissertation. The dissertation advisory committee is responsible for reviewing the proposal to determine the feasibility of the project. The committee’s approval endorses the research plan and indicates the committee supports initiating or continuing the dissertation project. Generally, the proposal should be submitted to, and approved by, the Dissertation Advisory Committee as soon as the student has successfully passed their comprehensive examination but no more than three terms thereafter.
The dissertation committee for a candidate for the doctoral degree shall consist of no fewer than three but no more than four members selected from individuals with full-time Graduate Faculty status at Troy University. At least two persons (including the chairperson) must be from the School of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management and one member may be selected from a different academic, yet related, discipline. If a third member cannot be located on the Troy University campus, a faculty member from another campus may be invited to serve on the dissertation committee. Such a faculty member must hold a full-time Graduate Faculty status at the home institution and must be approved by the other members of the Dissertation Committee and be acknowledged by the Dean of the Graduate School at Troy University
Writing the Dissertation
The dissertation proposal indicates the student’s commitment to the dissertation advisory committee to complete the proposed project in a reasonable timeframe, generally a year or more. The most recent edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) will the only writing style accepted in writing the dissertation. Additionally, a 12 point font Times New Roman font should be used consistently throughout the document. The student is encourages to review the dissertation guidelines on the Troy University Graduate school website for further information.
The drafts of the dissertation will only be reviewed by all members of the dissertation committee. Feedback and suggestions from the dissertation committee members should be incorporated until the draft is considered acceptable by all members of the committee. The student should anticipate review by the dissertation committee and the incorporation of feedback to consume approximately two to three weeks.
Students must be continuously enrolled for a minimum of 1 credit hour in Dissertation (SFM 8860) per term during and including the semester in which they successfully defend their dissertation. Dissertation credit hours may exceed but may not be less than the minimum of 18 term hours. For example, if students attain18 dissertation credits but do not successfully defended their dissertation, they will be required to enroll in at least one credit hour of in Dissertation (SFM 8860) until they successfully defend their dissertation. If a student fails to maintain the continuous enrollment requirement he or she may be required to undergo re-admittance into the Ph.D. pro-gram.
The defense provides the candidate with an opportunity to ad-dress the components of the dissertation such as the introduction, importance of the study, methodology, results, and discussion/conclusion. The work must be of publishable quality using the Graduate School’s format requirements. To complete their degree, each doctoral candidate is required to prepare, present, and orally defend a dissertation that shows independent investigation. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student must successfully complete an oral defense pertaining to the dissertation research.
When the dissertation has been approved by all members of the Dissertation committee, the student with the approval of the Dissertation chair will determine the date, time, and site of the oral Dissertation defense. All members of the defense committee must receive a copy of the candidate’s dissertation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled defense. If the student does not pass the oral dissertation defense, a subsequent oral defense may be scheduled at the discretion of the Dissertation chair. Only after the student has successfully defended the dissertation will the members of the dissertation committee sign the Dissertation Acceptance Page(s). The dissertation chair will notify the Dean of the Graduate School at least one week in advance of the scheduled oral Dissertation defense. The oral Dissertation defense must occur at least four weeks before the intended date of graduation/commencement. Due to distance constraints, if the student cannot physically be on the Troy campus for the dissertation defense, the student is responsible to arrange technology such as Skype, WebX or BlackBoard Collaborate, per the dissertation committee approval, for the dissertation defense.
After Dissertation Defense
Dissertations must be written in English and must be acceptable in form and content to present to the Dissertation Committee and to the Graduate School. The work must be of publishable quality and must be in a form suitable for publication, using the Graduate Schools’ format requirements. The Dissertation must be reviewed by the Graduate School for adherence to Dissertation formatting requirements (Appendix C in the Dissertation Guidelines). The student must submit a flawless copy printed on regular paper to the Graduate School (Adams Administration Building, Room 011, Troy campus) for format review. The appropriate number of “Dissertation Acceptance Pages” and “Human and Animal Review Forms” printed on bonded paper with appropriate original signatures should be submitted along with Dissertation. The Dissertation and other required pages are to be submitted in a “10 x 13” heavy manila envelope with a copy of the title page adhered to the front of the manila envelope. The last date a fully approved Dissertation may be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School is three (3) full weeks prior to the date of graduation. THIS DEADLINE IS NOT NEGOTIABLE.
The student is responsible for checking the University academic calendar for relevant deadlines for commencement for the semester in which he or she plans to graduate (troy.edu/records/graduation/graduationinformation.html).
The awarding of a university degree attests that an individual has demonstrated mastery of a significant body of knowledge and skills of substantive value to society. Any type of dishonesty in securing those credentials therefore invites serious sanctions, up to and including suspension and expulsion (see Standard of Conduct in each TROY Catalog). Examples of dishonesty include actual or attempted cheating, plagiarism*, or knowingly furnishing false information to any university employee.
*Plagiarism is defined as submitting anything for credit in one course that has already been submitted for credit in another course, or copying any part of someone else’s intellectual work – their ideas and/or words – published or unpublished, including that of other students, and portraying it as one’s own. Proper quoting, using strict APA formatting, is required.
Plagiarism is a very serious offense that Troy University does not tolerate. Evidence of plagiarism may prevent granting of a degree.
Graduate students may earn no more than six term hours of grades below ''B''. Students who earn more than six term hours of ''C'' grades or below are automatically academically suspended from the University for a period of one calendar year, at which time the student may petition the Dean of the Graduate School for readmission.
Conditionally admitted students who do not attain a 3.0 grade point average (4.0 scale) at the completion of six term hours will be academically suspended from the University for a period of one calendar year at which time the student may petition the Dean of the Graduate School for readmission.
Students who are academically suspended are prohibited from attending the Graduate School or any academic level of the University for a period of one calendar year. Any courses taken at another university during the time of academic suspension will not be accepted for credit.
Further information may be found in the Troy University catalog at www.troy.edu/catalogs/
For any student seeking readmission into the program, he or she must meet all degree requirements current at the time of readmission. Further information regarding readmission procedures may be found in the Troy University catalog at www.troy.edu/catalogs/
All students will be required to take and achieve a minimum grade of “B” in each of the following doctoral core classes:
The Troy University Master in Social Work Program derives its mission from the University’s goal of preparing students to demonstrate competence in their chosen field and to encourage excellence in student learning. The purpose of the Master in Social Work Program is to prepare students for advanced social work practice. The Program is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life beginning with, and progressing through, the individual system and increasingly complex levels of social organization. The basic aim is to prepare the graduate with advanced social work knowledge, values, and skills to practice within the context of a diverse, multicultural, global, and technologically oriented society. Teaching, learning, and service are exercised in an atmosphere that prizes and upholds the traditions, values, and ethics of the social work profession.
The Master in Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and program graduates will be eligible to sit for the social work examination. Social work licensure is required in the state of Alabama for those in the practice of social work.
The Master in Social Work derives the program’s objectives in accordance with the Council on Social Work Education Educational Policy Handbook. Students will be able to:
All students must be admitted to Troy University Graduate School. There is not a conditional admission based on grade point average. All students holding an earned baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association are eligible for application to the Two Year (60) hour program. Students must have a 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 30 semester hours taken.
Students holding a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE accredited program and have a 3.0 grade point average in the last 30 semester hours of Social Work course work are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing applicants may receive a MSW upon successful completion of 30 semester hours of Concentration Curriculum. The Director of the MSW Program is responsible for determining academic eligibility for Advanced Standing Placement. The Director is also responsible for answering questions related to academic credit applied to the degree program in adherence to accreditation and policy standards.
In addition to the grade point average requirements, students must take the GRE or MAT. The GRE acceptable score is 850 combined (old) or 290 combined (new). The MAT acceptable score is 385. There is a conditional admission only because of a low test score. Students admitted conditionally only because of a low test score will be granted unconditional admission after the completion of nine (9) semester hours provided they have maintained a 3.0 grade point average on all graduate work attempted. There is not a requirement to retake the test once the academic requirement is met.
An additional requirement of being able to complete the MSW Program is the production of a current (within 30 days) criminal background check for Foundation and Concentration Practicum. Providing the background check does not guarantee acceptance into a Practicum setting or eligibility to sit for licensure. Students applying to this program should be aware of the potential ramifications of a positive criminal background check and the potential of not being able to complete this program. Ongoing participation requires the continual development and demonstration of the highest standards of ethical, interpersonal, and professional engagement.
The Master of Social Work two year program admits students each fall. Cohorts begin only in the fall semester. The program is currently offered only in a face-to-face format. Advanced Standing (one year) program admits students in the fall. Cohorts begin for Advanced Standing only in the fall and this program is offered in a face-to-face format.
Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Acceptance notifications will be issued in October, March, and June for the next August.
All applications must have an undergraduate or graduate statistics course prior to attendance. If this requirement has not been met students may take: PSY 3301, QM 2241, MTH 2210 or the Director of the MSW program approved equivalent.
In addition to meeting University graduate school admissions requirements, the student must also submit the following admission requirements:
In addition to University transfer requirements, the Masters in Social Work will only accept master’s level courses from a CSWE accredited Social Work program. The Director of the MSW program must review and approve these transfer credits.
Students are required to complete supervised practicum course(s) in the sequence set by the program. The student must have a current (within 30 days) national criminal background check, liability insurance, and all required documentation (shots, drug screens etc.) as required by the University and practicum site prior to participation. Providing the background check does not guarantee acceptance into a Practicum setting or eligibility to sit for licensure. Students applying to this program should be aware of the potential ramifications of a positive criminal background check and the potential of not being able to complete this program.
The foundation curriculum allows students to develop the foundation level competencies named above. This includes a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of required study. The foundation practicum (6 semester hours) requires a minimum of 400 contact hours in the field.
The concentration curriculum allows students to develop competencies associated with either Direct Practice (DP) or Organizational Leadership and Management (ORGM). This includes a minimum of thirty (30) credits of required study. The Concentration Practicum is 9 semester hours requiring a minimum of 510 clock hours in the field.
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