The master's degree program in Sociology at MTSU effectively prepares graduates that intend to pursue further, doctoral-level academic study or seek employment in non-academic and applied settings in the public, private, and non-profit economic sectors. With relatively small classes, a low student-faculty ratio, and ample funding opportunities, the program offers students quality interaction with award-winning faculty, along with opportunities to collaborate on presentation and publication of academic and applied research. Specialized training and experience are available in public/applied sociology, criminology/deviance, medical sociology, research methods, sex/gender, social gerontology, and work and organizations, among other areas. The program supports a large proportion of full- and part-time students, and offers competitive funding opportunities to support tuition, travel, and research. Career MTSU students on the academic track receive the research and theoretical training necessary to become successful doctoral students and have a high rate of acceptance at various doctoral programs. Students on the applied track have graduated to direct state agencies and multi-million dollar federal programs; serve as federal, state, and local investigators, researchers, and consultants; and coordinate or participate in a variety of university, non-profit, and social service programs. Potential professions, some of which may require additional training, include:
Attorney College professor/high school teacher Community developer Consultant Counselor Criminologist Demographer Director of research Gerontologist Human resource manager Policy analyst Program director in social service agency Program manager Research analyst Sociologist Statistician Survey researcher Therapist Urban planner
Employers of MTSU alumni include:
Centerstone Behavioral Health Services Early Connections Network, Tennessee Voices for Children Edvantia Educational Research Forensic Institute for Research & Education Nashville Metro Transit Authority National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago Populations Study Center, University of Michigan Tennessee Housing Development Agency US Department of Labor
Among universities admitting graduates for advanced degrees or hiring to fill positions are:
Bowling Green State University Georgia State University Florida State University Jacksonville State University North Carolina State University Oklahoma State University Tulane University University of Baltimore School of Law University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Iowa University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of Northern Iowa University of South Carolina University of Southern California University of Southern Illinois University of Tennessee University of Texas University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Vanderbilt University
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