Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Applied Sociology

General Information

Degrees Offered

Introduction

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.

The degree is made up of 34 hours of graduate credit and typically takes two years to complete. The core curriculum includes theory, research methods, survey design, evaluation research, statistics, organizations, and a 6-hour field placement in an applied context. 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.

Clemson's Applied Sociology program has been recognized by the American Sociological Association as a program with " exemplary practices" in the training of applied sociologists.

The department offers several teaching and research assistantships each year Graduate assistants devote 10 to 20 hours service per week to the department assisting in faculty research or teaching. Beginning Fall 2007, stipends will pay $10,000 per academic year and include a tuition reduction for in-state and out-of-state students.

The application deadline for an assistantship is March 15: however, students should apply early since these positions are competitive.

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.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Brenda Vander Mey)

Application Requirements

Applying

The department seeks applicants who have a desire to use their social science research skills in an applied setting. Prior coursework in research methods and statistics is encouraged, although not required. All material for admission should be received by the University by February 1. The application deadline for departmental assistantships also is February 1. Since these positions are competitive, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Brenda Vander Mey)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

The Department of Sociology offers several teaching and research assistantships. Assistants devote 20 hours of service per week to the department. In 2006-2007, stipends for 20 hour assistants were approximately $9,465 for the first academic year, and approximately $400 while undertaking the field placement. Semester tuition for in-state and out-of-state students with assistantships is reduced to $906. Highly qualified graduate students can receive fellowships. These awards require no services. The value of fellowships range from $5,000 to $12,000. Information about other forms of financial aid, including Stafford Loans, is available from The Financial Aid Office.

Course of Study

Program of Study

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.

The degree is made up of 34 hours of graduate credit and typically takes two years to complete. The core curriculum includes theory, research methods, survey design, evaluation research, statistics, organizations, and a 6-hour field placement in an applied context. 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.

Clemson's Applied Sociology program has been recognized by the American Sociological Association as a program with " exemplary practices" in the training of applied sociologists.

The department offers several teaching and research assistantships each year Graduate assistants devote 10 to 20 hours service per week to the department assisting in faculty research or teaching. Beginning Fall 2007, stipends will pay $10,000 per academic year and include a tuition reduction for in-state and out-of-state students.

The application deadline for an assistantship is March 15: however, students should apply early since these positions are competitive.

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.

Current Program

Facilities

The Department of Sociology is located in Brackett Hall, a recently-renovated building that includes an atrium and two public-access computer labs. The department has a computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) laboratory. Graduate students are trained to use the 12-station state-of-the-art facility, including the software programs to design and implement a phone survey. Faculty and graduate students often collaborate with colleagues from other departments on research projects. Graduate students have conducted research for several campus entities, including the School of Education, Department of English, Department of Nursing, and Academic Support Services.

Our Students

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.

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Conditional language admission is offered to graduate candidates who have met all admission requirements except language proficiency. Students may meet language proficiency requirements through completion of ELS Level 112 Intensive Program.

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