Graduate Study in Sociology: Human Services Planning & Admin.

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Master of Science in Sociology: Human Services Planning & Administration

The Master of Science in Sociology: Human Services Planning and Administration is designed for a person seeking a leadership role as an administrator in the field of human services. The graduate of this program will have a solid grounding in the knowledge, values and skills appropriate for a broad range of human services agencies and sophisticated understanding of the social context within which human service programs operate. The program especially encourages creative and critical thinking skills which will enable the graduate to produce positive change in organizations.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Master of Science in Sociology: Human Services Planning and Administration program must meet the following requirements:

  1. 18 semester credits or 24 quarter credits of courses in the social and behavioral sciences, including a research methods or statistics class.
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Forms are available from the Department of Sociology and Corrections.
  4. Curriculum vitae or resume.
  5. Statement of Purpose.
  6. Writing Sample 

Students not meeting specific requirements may be admitted provisionally and be asked to fulfill deficiencies in addition to the regular schedule of courses.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Human Services Planning and Administration requires:
Thesis Option: 33 credits including 3 thesis credits or
Alternate Plan Paper Option: 34 credits including 1-2 APP credits

The following courses are required:

Soc 517 (3) Program Administration
Soc 566 (3) Program Planning
Soc 602 (3) Seminar in Social Organization
Soc 603 (3) Seminar in Social Psychology
Soc 605 (3) Seminar in Research Methods
Soc 606 (3) Seminar in Sociological Theory
Soc 607 (3) Program Evaluation
Soc 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper OR
Soc 699 (3) Thesis

The remaining courses may be chosen in sociology or other academic disciplines with the approval of the student's advisor and examining committee. This flexibility permits the student to design a program that best complements their career interests.

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average for the entire degree program. Half of all graduate credit applied toward the degree must be earned in courses at the 600 level. The student must complete all graduate degree requirements within six years.

The alternate plan paper or master’s thesis is written under the supervision of the student's advisor and examining committee. Requirements for the paper or thesis include an oral defense of a proposal at the beginning of the project and a successful oral defense of the product upon completion of the work.

An alternate plan paper may take one of two forms. An academic APP is a critical, comprehensive review of empirical research that applies relevant theory, identifies gaps in our knowledge, and offers original insight. An applied APP uses existing theory to identify practical or community problems and empirical research to identify possible solutions and is accountable to both the academy and the community.

A master’s thesis draws upon existing theory and literature to pose and answer some set of research questions through the analysis of data, broadly understood. The thesis may take the form of original research, an historical review, replication of an existing study, secondary analysis of available data, or applied research.