The program is uniquely focused on the concerns of businesses and public sector organizations. Our graduates are trained to analyze governmental and organizational policies. Successful graduates can facilitate the interaction between organizations and their surrounding environments, as well as to promote internal organizational efficiency. These same skills can be used in working with local Chambers of Commerce, private business, governmental planning agencies, health care systems and other organizations.
Our program offers a four-pronged approach to student development. First, our students receive a grounding in policy analysis, organizations, and theory. This knowledge develops an understanding of intra-organizational patterns such as decision making, communication, and resource allocation. Second, our students are trained in the methods of data gathering and analysis, including computer applications. Emphasis is upon constructing, managing, and analyzing data sets that provide information crucial to organizational success. Third, students select an area of specialization related to their preferred work settings. The range of possibilities include, but are not restricted to, criminal justice, environmental sociology and developmental policy, business administration and management, health care delivery, public service, and education. Students select their area of specialization with the guidance of the graduate advisor. Finally, our students have the opportunity to gain "hands on" experience working in a private business or public service agency.
Graduates of our program are highly marketable and have an excellent employment record. They have been hired by government, public and private organizations, including the National Opinion Research Center, Nielsen Media, Arbitron, Research Triangle Institute, United Way, Society for Human Resource Management, National Restaurant Association and US Bureau of the Census. Graduates are data analysts, evaluation researchers, policy analysts, statisticians and management consultants. Graduates have also pursued doctoral studies at outstanding universities, including Brown, Duke, Emory, Iowa State, Ohio State, SUNY Albany, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Washington State universities.
The M.S. degree program in applied sociology emphasizes practical and theoretical knowledge in the areas of policy analysis, evaluation research, and organizational sociology. It focuses on the acquisition of social research skill, theory application, and practical experience. Students are prepared for employment in industry, government agencies, and to pursue a doctorate.
Students also design a study area from classes offered in the department from other graduate programs. Study areas are designed to enhance the student’s professional skills. Study areas could potentially include marketing research, educational research, organizational counsulting, criminal justice, health science, or policy analysis. The program is designed to ensure close and informal associations with the faculty.
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This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.
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The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.
The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
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