College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is, from both historical and functional points of view, the core of the modern university. The College of Arts and Sciences views creativity, inquiry and understanding as among the greatest values in human experience. Thus, the College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the questioning, creation and transmission of knowledge; to the provision of undergraduate and graduate educational programs that are responsive to the need of an enlightened and productive citizenry; and to the provision of programs and services that enhance the quality of life of the people it serves.

These goals complete a commitment to creativity and inquiry free of bias and based upon the principles of objective scholarship. The College’s goals require a responsibility to promote and convey those elements of the liberal arts and sciences that must be essential components of the educational goals of all units of the university. The college seeks richness through diversity of its programs and strength through erudition.

Degree Program
Troy Campus
Phenix
City Campus
Dothan
Campus
Montgomery Campus
Global Campus*
Troy Online
Biomedical Sciences
X
         
Computer Science
X
   
X
   
Computer Network and Security Concentration            
Artificial Intelligence Concentration            
Software Development Concentration            
Criminal Justice
X
 
X
 
X
Security Studies Concentration            
Environmental & Biological Sciences
X
       
X
International Relations
X
 
 
X
X
Public Administration
X
     
X
X
Social Science
X
       
X
Certificate in Biomedical Sciences
X
         
Certificate in Public Health Administration
X
       
X

* Please refer to https://www.troy.edu/admissions/ for specific program availability by location


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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.

World politics have undergone a profound alteration over the past two decades. The collapse of the former Soviet Union, the evolution of the European Union, events in the Greater Middle East, the rising power of China as well as other developing countries, the influence of non-state actors such as terrorist groups and NGOs, plus concerns about national and global economic issues demonstrate a paradigm shift in international affairs. The Cold War, which dominated global events for nearly five decades, is over, yet what will replace the norms and institutions of that era is not clear. What is apparent, however, is that the world community is increasingly interdependent, that traditional identities and values are being reexamined, and that new challenges are likely to emerge.

The Master of Science in International Relations (MSIR) degree program is a 12-course, 36-credit-hour curriculum of study designed to provide students with the foundation and knowledge needed to understand the context and conduct of international relations. Students are encouraged to gain a wide-ranging appreciation of the political, historical, cultural, economic, and geographical factors that affect international relations. This appreciation is accomplished through a program of instruction focused on international relations theory and its application but drawing from disciplines such as history, economics, and geography. Students also acquire methodological and analytical skills that improve their understanding and ability to evaluate national and global developments.

The program offers courses covering history, regional studies, comparative government, foreign policy, the global economy, geography, conflict management, national security, global climate change, international organization, international law, intercultural relations, and the politics of developing countries.

Prerequisite Requirements

Candidates for admission must have a baccalaureate degree in any subject area from a regionally accredited college or university. There are no prerequisite course requirements.

Students with undergraduate degrees in areas not included in the curriculum are encouraged to inquire about the program.

Graduates of the Master of Science in International Relations program include individuals with undergraduate degrees in the social sciences as well as in such areas as English, foreign language, engineering, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, education, and business administration.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in International Relations Degree

Unconditional Admission

  1. Hold a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university. No test score is required. An official transcript showing completion of a master’s or higher degree is required.

    OR

  2. 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. All transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are required.

    AND

  3. Have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam [GRE 294 (920 on the old exam) (verbal plus quantitative), MAT 396, GMAT 490].

  4. The GRE/GMAT/MAT requirement may be waived under the following conditions:
    1. If the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale)

    2. OR

    3. If the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from Troy University with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 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 GPA.

    4. OR

    5. If the applicant is an officer or senior NCO in the U.S. military in good standing and holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 on the last 30 semester hours. All transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are required.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances to applicants who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements to a graduate program. See conditional admission requirements in the General Regulations section of this Catalog.

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. Students must clear the conditional admission requirement of a 3.0 average at the completion of nine semester hours, or 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 admitted conditionally only because of a low test score will be granted unconditional admission prior to the completion of nine semester hours provided they have maintained a 3.0 grade point average on all graduate work attempted and have re-taken the test and received a satisfactory score.

Accelerated BS/MSIR Admission

Certain qualified honors students who successfully complete the Troy Political Science International Relations Concentration-Accelerated Honors Option will be allowed to transfer up to 9 hours of MSIR graduate credit earned during their last year of undergraduate studies to the Graduate MSIR Program. Refer to the most recently published Undergraduate Catalog for more information about admission to the BS/MSIR Accelerated Honors Option.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of four courses (12 semester credit hours) taken at another regionally accredited institution, each with a “B” or better grade, can be applied toward the degree; graduate-level courses completed by U.S. service personnel in Professional Military Education programs may also qualify for transfer credit. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to Troy University courses in the MSIR program and must be recommended for transfer credit by the Chair of the Department of Political Science and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Degree Requirements

  1. Unconditional admission
  2. Overall 3.0 GPA
  3. Completion of the curriculum listed below. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in a core course, the course must be retaken. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in an elective course, the course may either be retaken or another elective taken in its place.
  4. Successful completion (“B” or better) of IR 6690 Capstone or Thesis
  5. Successful completion (“B” or better) of IR 6601 Research Methods in International Relations, the program research requirement

    *The thesis option is not available to Troy Online students.

Curriculum

All courses offer three semester hours credit.

The MSIR curriculum of study consists of three integral components.

  1. Five core required courses
  2. The selection and completion of one program concentration
  3. The successful completion of a comprehensive examination OR the preparation and defense of a Master’s Thesis
Non-Thesis Option
Core Courses 12  
Concentration Courses 24  
Total
36  
     
Thesis Option
Core Courses 12  
Concentration Courses 18  
Thesis Hours 6  
Total
36  

Required Core Courses (12-15 SH)
All MSIR students must take these four courses:

IR 5551 3 Survey of International Relations
IR 6601 3 Research Methods in International Relations
IR 6620 3 International Political Economy
IR 6652 3 Theory and Ideology of International Relations
IR 6690 3 Capstone (Non-Thesis Students only)

MSIR Concentration Options :
Students must choose ONE of the following concentrations:

  • Global Studies (18-21 sh)
  • National Security Affairs (18-21 sh)
  • Regional Affairs (18-21 sh)

Global Studies Concentration (18-21 sh)
Students may choose any eight of the following courses:

HIS 5503 3 Contemporary Europe
HIS 5504 3 Military History of the United States
IR 5502 3 International Political Geography
IR 5524 3 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
IR 5533 3 Comparative Government
IR 5540 3 Conflict Processes
IR 5541 3 Middle Eastern Security
IR 5542 3 Diplomacy
IR 5543 3 Middle Eastern Political Economy
IR 5544 3 European Political Economy and the European Union
IR 5552 3 International Law
IR 6600 3 Selected Topics in International Relations
IR 6602 3 Geostrategic Studies
IR 6610 3 International Organizations
IR 6612 3 Comparative Public Policy
IR 6616 3 East Asian Security
IR 6621 3 East Asian Political Economy
IR 6622 3 European Security
IR 6623 3 Arab-Israeli Conflict
IR 6624 3 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6625, 6626, 6627 3 Specialized Study in International Relations
IR 6631 3 Intercultural Relations
IR 6634 3 Tradition, Revolution, and Change
IR 6635 3 National Security Policy
IR 6640 3 Government and Politics of Developing Nations
IR 6641 3 Comparative Politics of Latin America
IR 6642 3 Comparative Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
IR 6644 3 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
IR 6645 3 Comparative Politics of East Asia
IR 6646 3 Comparative Politics of South Asia
IR 6647 3 Comparative Politics of Western Europe
IR 6648 3 Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
IR 6650 3 Environmental Security, Conflict, and Development
IR 6655 3 International Conflict Management
IR 6656 3 International Power and Influence
IR 6660 3 Military Strategy and International Relations
IR 6665 3 Readings in International Relations
IR 6668 3 Thesis
IR 6669 3 Thesis
IR 6681 3 Tribalism and Colonialism in Africa
IR 6685 3 Terrorism and Political Violence
IR 6686 3 Latin American Security
IR 6687 3 Latin American Political Economy
IR 6688 3 Political Islam
IR 6661 3 US Intelligence in International Relations
IR 6615 3 Comparative Politics of North Korea
IR 6643 3 Russian Intelligence in International Relations: From the KGB to the FSB
IR 6637 3 Counter Insurgency and Irregular Warfare
IR 6617 3 Chinese Security
IR 6639 3 Russian Security
IR 6684 3 Violence in Latin America
PA 6610 3 Foundations of Public Administration
PA 6622 3 Public Policy
     
National Security Affairs Concentration (18-21 SH)
Students must choose any four of the following courses: (9 sh)
HIS 5504 3 Military History of the United States
IR 5524 3 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
IR 5540 3 Conflict Processes
IR 5541 3 Middle Eastern Security
IR 5552 3 International Law
IR 6600 3 Selected Topics in International Relations
IR 6602 3 Geostrategic Studies
IR 6616 3 East Asian Security
IR 6622 3 European Security
IR 6623 3 Arab-Israeli Conflict
IR 6624 3 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6635 3 National Security Policy
IR 6650 3 Environmental Security, Conflict, and Development
IR 6655 3 International Conflict Management
IR 6656 3 International Power and Influence
IR 6660 3 Military Strategy and International Relations
IR 6685 3 Terrorism and Political Violence
IR 6686 3 Latin American Security
IR 6661 3 US Intelligence in International Relations
IR 6615 3 Comparative Politics of North Korea
IR 6643 3 Russian Intelligence in International Relations: From the KGB to the FSB
IR 6637 3 Counter Insurgency and Irregular Warfare
IR 6617 3 Chinese Security
IR 6639 3 Russian Security
IR 6684 3 Violence in Latin America
     
Students must choose 9-12 semester hours from the remaining electives listed for the Global Studies Concentration: (9-12sh)
     
Regional Affairs Concentration (18-21 sh)
Students must choose three courses from the remaining electives listed for the Global Studies Concentration: (9sh)
IR 5502 3 International Political Geography
IR 5533 3 Comparative Government
IR 5542 3 Diplomacy
IR 5552 3 International Law
IR 6610 3 International Organizations
IR 6612 3 Comparative Public Policy
IR 6631 3 Intercultural Relations
     
Concentration Relevant Electives Courses:(6 sh)
Students must take 6 hours from one of the following regional groups:
     
Middle East and North Africa
Students must take at least one course focused on Africa and one focused on the Middle East
IR 5541 3 Middle Eastern Security
IR 5543 3 Middle Eastern Political Economy
IR 6616 3 East Asian Security
IR 6623 3 Arab-Israeli Conflict
IR 6624 3 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6640 3 Government and Politics of Developing Nations
IR 6644 3 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
IR 6648 3 Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
IR 6681 3 Tribalism and Colonialism in Africa
IR 6685 3 Terrorism and Political Violence
IR 6688 3 Political Islam
     
Asia
IR 6616 3 East Asian Security
IR 6621 3 East Asian Political Economy
IR 6624 3 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6640 3 Government and Politics of Developing Nations
IR 6645 3 Comparative Politics of East Asia
IR 6646 3 Comparative Politics of South Asia
IR 6617 3 Chinese Security
IR 6615 3 Comparative Politics of North Korea
     
Europe    
HIS 5503 3 Contemporary Europe
IR 5544 3 European Political Economy and the European Union
IR 6622 3 European Security
IR 6624 3 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6642 3 Comparative Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
IR 6647 3 Comparative Politics of Western Europe
IR 6639 3 Russian Security
IR 6643 3 Russian Intelligence in International Relations: From the KGB to the FSB
     
Latin America
IR 6640 3 Government and Politics of Developing Nations
IR 6641 3 Comparative Politics of Latin America
IR 6686 3 Latin American Security
IR 6687 3 Latin American Political Economy
IR 6684 3 Violence in Latin America

Approved Electives Courses: (6 sh)

Students must choose two courses from the remaining electives listed for the Global Studies Concentration.

The third component of the MSIR degree program is the successful completion of ONE of the following options:

  1. Capstone –Students choosing this option must take the capstone class in their final semester or term and all core classes need to be completed prior to enrolling in the class. Students will complete a research paper that demonstrates their ability to integrate and synthesize information obtained from the course work and also shows their ability to apply the theoretical concepts of our discipline to real world subjects. The paper will be graded by a minimum of two full-time MSIR faculty members.
  2. Thesis *—Students choosing the thesis option must register for IR 6668 (3 credit hours) and IR 6669 (3 credit hours) as their last two courses in the program. They must successfully research, write, and defend their thesis while taking IR 6668 and IR 6669. This process involves directed research in selected areas of international relations, based on the student’s proposal, related to the student’s needs, with the advice and approval of a thesis adviser and a faculty reader, and culminating in a substantive research paper of appropriate depth and scholarship. Students will receive a Pass or Fail for the two thesis courses, no letter grade. Students completing this option are not required to take the Comprehensive Examination.

* The thesis option is not available to Troy Online students. Divisional Chair approval is required prior to enrolling for the thesis option. Students must obtain faculty support for their thesis prior to seeking such approval.

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

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.

Mission Statement
The mission of Troy University’s Master of Public Administration program is to strengthen the quality of public service by facilitating learning, promoting scholarship, improving practice, and engaging in public service. The program strives to develop graduates who bring to the public work force the intellectual acuity, ethical commitment and professional competence to effectively serve the public interest.

The MPA degree is a 12-course, 36 credit hour curriculum of study. Students may take courses as pre-service, in-service, full-time, and part-time students and through Troy Online. The MPA degree program is offered at the Global Campus site in Atlanta, through online courses, and at the Troy campus. Students with less than one year of work experience in a paraprofessional, professional, technical, or supervisory position that involves relevant service to the profession and/or public service will complete an additional three-hour internship course for a total of 39 credit hours or students may substitute the PA 6694 internship course for one (1) elective concentration course resulting in a total of 36 credit hours to complete the degree requirements. However, the student’s internship must be approved by the PA 6694 instructor in advance and performed in an area that is related to the student’s identified concentration.

Admission Requirements for Master of Public Administration

Unconditional Admission
Applicants may be admitted unconditionally if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution. No test score is required. An official transcript showing completion of a master’s or higher degree is required.

    OR

  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 GPA 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 GPA. All transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are required

    AND

  3. Have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam: GRE 294 (920 on the old exam) (verbal plus quantitative), MAT 396, or GMAT 490.

  4. The GRE/GMAT/MAT requirement may be waived under the following conditions:
    1. If the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
    2. OR
    3. If the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from Troy University with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 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 GPA.
    4. OR
    5. If the applicant is an officer or senior NCO in the U.S. military in good standing and holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 on the last 30 semester hours. All transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are required.

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances to applicants who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements to the graduate program. See conditional admission requirements in the General Regulations section of this Catalog.

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. Students must clear the conditional admission requirement of a 3.0 average at the completion of nine semester hours, or 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 admitted conditionally only because of a low test score will be granted unconditional admission prior to the completion of nine semester hours provided they have maintained a 3.0 grade point average on all graduate work attempted and have retaken the test and received a satisfactory score.

Readmission of MPA Students in Good Standing
Students who have not been enrolled for three or more years in the MPA program must complete a Readmission to Graduate School Application and meet degree requirements as stated in the most current catalog upon readmission. Students will be readmitted to the most current catalog at the time of readmission.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 12 credit hours taken at another regionally accredited university with a grade of “B” or better can be applied to the MPA degree. Transfer credit for MPA core courses is limited to courses completed at Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) accredited MPA programs. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to courses in the MPA program and recommended by the Director of the MPA Program and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Professional Military Education (PME) courses and programs will not be accepted as transfer credits for Public Administration core courses but may be accepted as transfer credit for elective courses.

Internship Requirements

Students with less than one year work experience in a paraprofessional, professional, technical, or supervisory position that involves relevant service to the profession and/or public service are required to complete PA 6694 Internship. Students may substitute the PA 6694 Internship course for one (1) elective concentration course. However, the student’s internship must be approved by the PA 6694 instructor in advance and performed in an area that is related to the student’s identified concentration.

Research Requirement

For Initial Master’s Degree
All graduate programs require certification of the student’s ability to do research in a specialization. For the MPA program, this requirement is met by achieving a grade of “B” or better in PA 6601. Students must repeat PA 6601 if a grade of “C” or below is attained.

For Second Master’s Degree
If the research requirement was completed for the first master’s degree with a “B” or above, students are exempt from this requirement in the MPA program. Students exercising this exemption must complete an additional elective course in their program, or obtain approved transfer credit to achieve the minimum required credits for graduation.

Degree Requirements

  1. Unconditional Admission
  2. Overall 3.0 GPA
  3. Successful completion of PA 6699, Capstone in Public Administration, with a grade of “B” or better
  4. Completion of MPA Degree curriculum. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in a core course, the course must be retaken. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in an elective course, the course may either be retaken or another elective taken in its place.

Curriculum

The MPA degree curriculum consists of 12 courses including eight core courses and four elective courses from one concentration. It is strongly recommended that students complete PA 6601-Research Methods in Public Administration and PA 6610-Foundation of Public Administration within their initial 18 hours in the MPA program.

Required Core Courses (24 SH)

PA 6601 3 Research Methods in Public Administration
PA 6610 3 Foundations of Public Administration
PA 6620 3 Theory of Organizations
    OR
PA 6646 3 Organizational Behavior
    OR
PA 6665 3 Leadership in Public Administration
PA 6622 3 Public Policy
PA 6624 3 Public Human Resource Management
PA 6650 3 Governmental Budgeting and Financial Management
PA 6674 3 Ethics in Public Administration
PA 6699 3 Capstone in Public Administration
     
*Students in Nonprofit Management concentration must take PA 6631. PA 6601 must be completed prior to taking PA 6631.

Concentrations (9 hours)
Students must select one of the following concentrations and take three courses from that concentration:
  • International Public Administration
  • National Security Affairs
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Health Administration
  • Public Human Resource Management
  • Public Management

Concentrations

International Public Administration
IR 5533 3 Comparative Government
IR 6631 3 Intercultural Relations
PA 6608 3 Comparative Public Administration
PA 6661 3 Global Challenges in Leadership and Management
PA 6664 3 Global Perspectives in Local Government
     
Justice Administration
CJ 6620 3 Current Trends in Criminal Law
CJ 6622 3 Seminar in the Administration of Justice
CJ 6624 3 Court Administration
CJ 6630 3 Juvenile Justice
CJ 6652 3 Seminar in Corrections
     
National Security Affairs
IR 5524 3 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
IR 5551 3 Survey of International Relations
IR 5552 3 International Law
IR 6602 3 Geostrategic Studies
IR 6630 3 Seminar in International Relations
IR 6635 3 National Security Policy
IR 6656 3 International Power and Influence
IR 6660 3 Military Strategy and International Relations
     
Nonprofit Management*
PA 6607 3 Performance Measurement and Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PA 6630 3 Strategic Planning
PA 6631 3 Program Evaluation*
PA 6666 3 Foundations of Nonprofit Organizations
PA 6667 3 Executive Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
PA 6668 3 Grant Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
     
* Students in Nonprofit Management must take PA 6631. PA 6601 must be completed prior to taking PA 6631.
     
Public Health Administration
PA 6663 3 Global Health Administration
PA 6665 3 Leadership in Public Administration
PA 6675 3 Public Health Services Administration and Policy
PA 6676 3 Legal and Social Issues in Public Health Administration
PA 6677 3 Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response
PA 6678 3 Introduction to Public Health
 
Public Human Resource Management*
PA 6604 3 Workforce Planning and Staffing
PA 6605 3 Training and Development
PA 6606 3 Issues in Managing the Public Workforce
PA 6643 3 Advanced Public Human Resources Management
*Students in Public Human Resources Management must take PA 6624 prior to taking PA 6604 or PA 6643.
     
Public Management
PA 6603 3 Economics for Public Management
PA 6607 3 Performance Measurement and Management for Public and Non-profit Organizations
PA 6620 3 Theory of Organizations
PA 6630 3 Strategic Planning
PA 6631 3 Program Evaluation
PA 6640 3 Intergovernmental Relations
PA 6644 3 Administrative Law
PA 6645 3 Managing Government Contracts
PA 6646 3 Organizational Behavior
PA 6665 3 Leadership in Public Administration
PA 6668 3 Grant Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PA 6679 3 e-Governance
PA 66xx 3 Approved Adviser elective

Concentration Courses
PA 6625 Specialized Study in Public Administration or PA 6660 Readings in Public Administration may be utilized in any concentration with the prior approval of the Director of the MPA Program. In combination, these courses may not be used for more than six total credit hours. A course completed for one concentration cannot be used for another concentration.

MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

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.

Mission Statement

The Master of Social Science Degree (M.S.Sc.) is an interdisciplinary program for graduate students that offers a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary opportunities for advancing academic or career goals. The M.S.Sc. Degree makes the Social Science resources of Troy University available for student-centered and highly individualized programs of graduate study. Students are welcome and encouraged to choose classes from around the University that suit their research interests.

The M.S.Sc. Degree provides every student with a vibrant and collaborative intellectual community and core-course training in social science theory, analytical abilities, and methodology. After completing three core courses, students may choose additional courses from a variety of graduate offerings. Classes may be selected from any combination of the following subject areas; Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, History, Geography, Social Science, and International Relations. Students have the option to take all of their elective courses in one area or can select courses from a variety of subjects.

Depending on needs, individualized programs will provide students with skills to:

  1. Provide services to a variety of public agencies and institutions.
  2. Teach in one or a variety of Social Science subject areas at a college or university level. Eighteen hours taken in a single subject area (as part of the 36 hour master’s degree) will provide qualifications to teach in that subject area.
  3. Teach at a high school level (with required teaching certification).
  4. Effectively communicate with individuals and groups from all backgrounds.
  5. Develop methodologies and skills to facilitate societal change.
  6. Pursue doctoral or professional school degrees.

Objectives

  1. To prepare students to fulfill a need in American Society for professionals in the area of Social Science by providing educational programs that develop each student’s problem solving skills to address issues that arise in the dynamic and evolving Social Sciences field;
  2. To develop each student’s ability to synthesize and apply knowledge of the critical theories and concepts in the field of Social Science in his/her problem solving analysis;
  3. To develop each student’s ability to identify and develop alternative solutions to problems that are confronted in Social Sciences field;
  4. To develop each student’s ability to evaluate and appropriately choose solutions to problems confronted in the Social Sciences field;
  5. To develop each student’s ability to effectively communicate the results of his/her analysis;
  6. To provide an appropriate program of graduate study for students who are interested in research in the field of Social Science and in advanced graduate study.

Prerequisite Requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to the Master of Social Sciences is a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four year institution. Students who desire to enter this program but do not have a degree in Social Sciences or a closely related discipline may be required to meet other criteria such as additional coursework regarding undergraduate or professional preparation.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Social Science

A committee of graduate faculty in the Department of Social Sciences will evaluate and decide upon all applications to the program. To apply for admission to the Master of Social Science program, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed Application for Admission to the Graduate
    School;
  2. Official transcript(s) from all universities or colleges attended;
  3. Official copy of one of the following: GRE (with writing
    score), MAT, or GMAT scores; and
  4. A letter of recommendation that addresses the applicant’s
    potential for success in a Master of Social Science graduate
    program.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants may be admitted unconditionally if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants who have completed a master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university may be admitted unconditionally.
  2. Applicants who have attained a bachelor's degree from
    a regionally accredited college or university and
    achieved a minimum of 2.5 GPA in all undergraduate
    courses.
  3. Applicants must have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam: GRE 850 combined (old) or 290 combined (new), MAT 385 or GMAT 380.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances to applicants who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements to a graduate program. See conditional admission requirements in the general regulations section of this Catalog.

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. Students must clear the conditional admission requirement of a 3.0 average at the completion of nine semester hours, or 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 admitted conditionally only because of a low test score will be granted unconditional admission prior to the completion of nine semester hours provided they have maintained a 3.0 grade point average on all graduate work attempted and have retaken the test and received a satisfactory score.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of four courses (12 semester hours) taken at another regionally accredited institution each with a grade of “B” or better can be applied toward this degree. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to Troy University courses in the Social Science Graduate Program and be approved by the department chair and college dean. If the student transfers a “core” or “required course,” (s)he is still subject to a written comprehensive exam based on the material present at Troy University.

Requirements for Admission to Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy, students must have a 3.0 GPA on all work attempted. Unconditionally admitted graduate students must apply for admission to candidacy within the first eighteen semester hours of graduate coursework and complete any additional requirements outlined for the specific degree program. If not completed within the first eighteen hours, a hold will be placed on the students’ registration until the Degree Plan/ Admission to Candidacy process is completed.

Degree Options

There are two degree options: thesis and non-thesis. In the thesis option, the student must successfully complete and defend a thesis as well as complete other requirements stated below. See Thesis Guidelines for additional information. In the non-thesis option, the student must pass a written comprehensive exam.

Degree Requirements

Any student completing the coursework with a 3.0 GPA or better, fulfilling candidacy requirements, successfully completing either the Thesis or Comprehensive Exam will be awarded the master’s degree. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in a core course, the course must be retaken. If a student makes a “D” or “F” in an elective course, the course may be retaken or another elective taken in its place. Students must receive a “B” or better in SS 6691: Survey of Research Methods in Social Science.

Approval Process

Thesis Option

  1. Achieve unconditional admission to the program;
  2. Complete 9 SH of graduate level core courses;
  3. Complete 6 SH of thesis classes;
  4. Complete 21 SH hours of electives;
  5. Maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA; AND
  6. Submit an approved thesis proposal.
  7. Thesis Option is not available for Troy Online students.

Non-Thesis Option

  1. Achieve unconditional admission to the program;
  2. Complete 9 SH of graduate level core courses;
  3. Complete 27 SH of electives;
  4. Maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA;
  5. Students must successfully complete a Comprehensive
    Exam;

Submission of Thesis

The thesis must be submitted according to Thesis Guidelines.

Curriculum

All courses offer three semester hours credit.

Thesis Option*  
Required Core Courses 9 SH
Electives 21 SH
Thesis Course 6 SH
Total 36 SH
*Not available for Troy Online students.
 
Non-Thesis Option*  
Required Core Courses 9 SH
Electives 27 SH
Total 36 SH
*Non-thesis option includes a comprehensive examination

Required Core Courses (9 SH)
SS 6690 3 Seminar in Social Sciences
SS 6691 3 Survey of Research Methods in Social Science*
SS 6698 3 Social Theory
* A grade of "B" or better is required
 
Electives (21/27 SH)
Select any 21/27 semester hours of graduate coursework* from the following disciplines:
Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Psychology, Social Science, or Sociology.
*Courses must be advisor- approved.
 
Thesis Courses
SS 6693 3 Thesis Practicum
SS 6695 3 Thesis

CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration must be admitted to the Graduate School. See Graduate Admissions Requirements.

Public Health Administration Concentration Requirements

Competency
Ability to appraise the organizational environment with its culture, politics, and institutional setting, both internal and external, and to perform the basic functions of public health administration, while behaving and making decisions in an ethical manner.

Course Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration requires the following six courses:

PA 6665 3 Leadership in Public Administration
PA 6675 3 Public Health Services Administration and Policy
PA 6676 3 Legal and Social Issues in Public Health Administration
PA 6677 3 Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response
PA 6678 3 Introduction to Public Health
PA 6663 3 Global Health Administration

Admitted MPA students may qualify for the Certificate by completing the six required courses and maintaining an overall 3.0 GPA or better to meet certificate requirement.

Other Requirements
Students who wish to be issued a certificate must submit the following to their home campus:

  • Certification Intent
  • Copy of Student Transcript

College of Arts and Sciences Degree Plans

 

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