The Master of Science in Applied Sociology program at Arkansas Tech University is designed to provide advanced students with sufficient breadth and depth to function in a variety of professional environments. While emphasis is placed on research and Sociological Principles, a concentrated effort is also made to establish the foundation necessary for application.
Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program in Applied Sociology if they meet the following requirements and are approved by the Sociology Graduate Faculty:
Applicants who fail to meet the criteria for unconditional admission may be admitted conditionally to enroll in twelve (12) semester hours. Students admitted conditionally must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 at the completion of twelve (12) semester hours with no grade lower than "C".
An applicant who satisfies the grade point requirement from an unaccredited institution may also be eligible for conditional admission. In such cases, transcripts may be judged to be deficient. The nature of the deficiency and subsequent deficiency requirements will be determined by the Sociology Graduate Committee and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sociology or the Head of the Department.
The Director of the Graduate Program in Sociology or the Head of the Department will assign a temporary faculty advisor to each student admitted to the degree program. The faculty advisor will assist the student in designing a curriculum of study that leads to the fulfilment of the degree requirements and the preparation of the thesis or comprehensive exam completion. The faculty advisor, the Sociology Graduate Committee, and the Graduate College monitor the student's progress in the program. However, it remains the student's responsibility to understand and to satisfy all degree requirements.
The student seeking the Master of Science degree in Applied Sociology must complete the following:
SOC 5183 Social Gerontology
SOC 5003 Minority Relations
SOC 5013 Drugs in Society
SOC 5053 Sociology Health and Illness
SOC 5063 Social Stratification
SOC 5043 / PSY 5043 Social Psychology
SOC 6053 Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice
SOC 6063 Advanced Topics in Gerontology
SOC 6891-4 Independent Study
SOC 6991-3 Thesis Research OR Comprehensive Exam
Graduate students admitted unconditionally must apply for candidacy to the selected degree program upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. Students admitted conditionally cannot apply for candidacy until all conditions assigned at the time of admission to graduate study have been removed.
Upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, a hold will be placed on the students' record until a candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean. Failure to apply for candidacy will result in the hold remaining on the students' record, and an inability to register for subsequent coursework.Students who have filed a candidacy form but do not enroll or receive graduate credit for one (1) academic year must submit a new candidacy form upon being readmitted into the same graduate program. If admitted into a different academic program, students are not required to submit a new candidacy form until twelve (12) graduate credits have been accumulated within the new program.
In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must file an Application for Graduation online or at the Registrar's Office. Students must apply for graduation upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours.
A maximum of six (6) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited school if deemed appropriate to the Sociology Graduate Committee, the Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Sociology, and the Graduate College Dean. Students must send a written request through the Sociology Graduate Committee to petition the acceptance of the transfer credit prior to request candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Sociology or the Head of the Department and the Graduate College Dean. Credits earned by correspondence courses or taken for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree.
If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the faculty advisor, the Sociology Graduate Committee, the Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Sociology, and the Graduate College Dean.