Troy University has been recognized by Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, Military Times and more as having some of the best undergraduate programs in the Southeast and nation. Whether you are graduating from high school, transferring from a two-year school, or completing your degree as a working adult, TROY offers a wide variety of associate and baccalaureate degrees that will open doors to career opportunities.
Graduate study can help you achieve your career goals! Holders of advanced degrees will be in high demand in the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and U.S. Census data shows that advanced degrees increase pay and prosperity Troy University’s Graduate School offers advanced degrees in all five of the University’s academic colleges: education, business, arts and sciences, health and human services, and communication and fine arts. In addition, TROY’s commitment to flexibility means that you have in-class, online and blended options. Plan for your next career by completing your graduate education at TROY. Innovation, knowledge and creativity are all elements for success. Get started today!
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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.
* Please refer to https://www.troy.edu/admissions/ for specific program availability by location
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.
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.
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.
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.
All courses offer three semester hours credit.
The MSIR curriculum of study consists of three integral components.
Required Core Courses (12-15 SH)
All MSIR students must take these four courses:
MSIR Concentration Options :
Students must choose ONE of the following concentrations:
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:
* 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.
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.
Applicants may be admitted unconditionally if they meet the following requirements:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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:
Applicants may be admitted unconditionally if they meet the following requirements:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The thesis must be submitted according to Thesis Guidelines.
All courses offer three semester hours credit.
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
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.
The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration requires the following six courses:
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.
Students who wish to be issued a certificate must submit the following to their home campus:
College of Arts and Sciences Degree Plans