The Master of Applied Social Science program has four Concentrations in:
- Public Administration
- Criminal Justice
- Global Security and International Affairs
The following Departments in the College of Social Sciences Arts and Humanities participate in the interdisciplinary degree, Master of Applied Social Science (M.A.S.S.): History, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, and Global Security and International Affairs.
The unique feature of this applied, interdisciplinary program is its flexibility. Building upon a required core of three Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS) courses (9 semester hours), the student, in consultation with an advisor, may design the remainder of the program to address his/her own unique interests. The degree is designed for those who wish to pursue further graduate work in the social sciences and for those who wish to work immediately following completion of the M.A.S.S. degree.
For the full-time student, the course of study will likely span two semesters plus one summer, totaling 33 hours. Some students may be required to take several prerequisites before commencing with their academic program. The following is an outline of the degree programs:
Core Courses Required of All Students (9 Semester Hours)
All core courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.
Discipline Courses (18 Semester Hours)
Students are required to take six courses (18 hours) in their subject area concentration. Courses may be selected from one the following disciplines: (1) History; (2) Public Administration; (3) Criminal Justice or (4) Global Security and International Affairs.
Internship or Thesis (6 Semester Hours)
Students are required to enroll in six (6) hours of either ISS 6942 - Internship or ISS 6971 - Thesis. The majority of students should choose the Internship option. The Thesis option is reserved for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. program.