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University of Alabama, Full Time Masters Degrees in Politics & Government

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The specialization in human development and family studies provides students with the theoretical foundation and research skills necessary for pursuing doctoral work and for advanced employment in a wide variety of occupations serving children, adults, and families. Read more
The specialization in human development and family studies provides students with the theoretical foundation and research skills necessary for pursuing doctoral work and for advanced employment in a wide variety of occupations serving children, adults, and families. Opportunities for research and experiential learning are provided in the research laboratories, The Children′s Program and with various agencies serving children and families across the state of Alabama.

Visit the website http://www.hdfs.ches.ua.edu/human-development-and-family-studies-graduate-program.html

Why Should You Pursue a Graduate Degree in HDFS?

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Earning a master’s degree in this discipline allows students the opportunity to:
– Develop critical thinking skills based on research and used to make a positive impact on families.

– Create a more competitive resume to earn supervisory or administrative positions.

– Develop research skills to design and conduct a scholarly project (i.e., thesis) related to children and/or families in an area of your interest.

– Present your research at regional, national and international conferences and network with other professionals and/or graduate students .

– Publish a scholarly project with a faculty advisor.

– Prepare to pursue a doctorate degree.

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Earning a master’s degree in this discipline allows students the opportunity to:
– Develop clinical skills to be a professional working with children and families.

– Practice clinical skills through providing marriage and family therapy under the supervision of a licensed therapist.

– Meet qualifications for state licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

– Gain clinical membership in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

– Network with other students training to be clinicians, educators, and/or professionals in your field.

– Prepare to pursue a doctorate degree.

Parent and Family Life Educator (PAFLE)

Earning a master’s degree in this discipline allows students the opportunity to:
– Develop professional skills to plan and implement preventive educational programs and intervention services for children and families.

– Gain knowledge of family systems, family strengths and contextual influences that impact family functioning.

– Develop skills to help individuals and families realize their potential.

– Network with other students training to be Certified Family Life Educators.

– Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate and deliver effective evidence-based family life education programs.

– Become a Certified Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations.

Find out more in the Graduate Student Handbook (http://www.hdfs.ches.ua.edu/human-development-and-family-studies-graduate-program.html)

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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The department offers programs leading to the master of arts (M.A.) and master of public administration (M.P.A.) degrees. As a graduate student in Political Science, you are considered an important part of Department life. Read more
The department offers programs leading to the master of arts (M.A.) and master of public administration (M.P.A.) degrees.

As a graduate student in Political Science, you are considered an important part of Department life. Our graduate programs are designed to bridge the gap between your undergraduate education and your future professional life as a political scientist or public administrator. In that sense, you have made an important leap in your academic career. No longer will your classes consist merely of taking notes, writing papers, and passing exams. As a pre-professional, you are expected to contribute to the learning environment by participating actively in seminars, learning the research methods and theoretical perspectives that are relevant to your program of study, and, where appropriate, contribute original research to your field. In return, we promise to work with you to help you achieve your goals.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the M.A. program must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination general test. Additional information is in the “Academic Policies” section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

Plans I and II. M.A. students may follow either Plan I, requiring 30 semester hours of coursework, a written comprehensive examination, a thesis, and an oral examination in defense of the thesis; or Plan II, requiring 36 hours of coursework and a written comprehensive examination.

Course requirements. Under either plan, students must take courses in three of five fields, including a core seminar in each. The available fields are American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public policy and administration, and political theory. Plan I students take 9 hours in the major field and 6 in each of two minor fields; Plan II students take 12 hours in the major field and 6 in each of two minor fields. The core seminars are PSC 610 Core Seminar in American Politics, PSC 631 Seminar in Comparative Politics, PSC 642 Concepts and Theories of International Relations, PSC 651 Political Theory Seminar, and PSC 565 Survey of Public Administration.

All students must complete PSC 521 Research Design and PSC 522 Quantitative Methods in Political Science I (or approved substitutes).

Comprehensive examination. The written comprehensive examination will cover the student’s major field and will require integration of material across courses in the field.

Thesis. After passing the written examination, a student following Plan I should prepare a thesis prospectus, which should describe the substance and methods of the thesis research, outline the thesis itself, and provide a preliminary bibliography. Once the prospectus has been approved, the chairperson will formally appoint a committee of three faculty members to supervise the thesis. The student must submit four copies of the completed thesis and must take a final oral examination to defend it and show competence in the field in which it lies. Except in unusual circumstances, the final oral examination must be taken during the fall or spring semester and before final course examinations begin. After the examination, the student must deposit two copies of the approved thesis with the Graduate School and two copies with the department.

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The department offers programs leading to the master of arts (M.A.) and master of public administration (M.P.A.) degrees. Admission Requirements. Read more
The department offers programs leading to the master of arts (M.A.) and master of public administration (M.P.A.) degrees.

Master of Public Administration

Admission Requirements

The M.P.A. is a professional degree program designed primarily for those who plan a career in federal, state, or local government. Applicants for admission to the M.P.A. program must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination general test. Scores from the Miller Analogies Test may be submitted as supplementary information, but not as a substitute for the GRE. Additional information is in the “Academic Policies” section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

Plans I and II. M.P.A. students may follow either Plan I, requiring 30 hours of coursework, a written comprehensive examination, a thesis, and an oral examination in defense of the thesis; or Plan II, requiring 36 hours of coursework and a written comprehensive examination. Students following Plan II may receive up to 6 hours of credit for an internship, and students following Plan I may receive up to 3 hours.

Course requirements. M.P.A. students must complete at least three of the following four courses: PSC 565Survey of Public Administration, PSC 662 Organization Theory, PSC 667 Public Budgeting, and PSC 562 Public Personnel Administration. Including the preceding, at least 18 hours must be taken from the courses listed under “Public Policy and Administration.” Student must also complete PSC 522 Quantitative Methods in Political Science I.

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