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    Mississippi College
   
 
  Jun 26, 2019
 
GRADUATE CATALOG 2017-2018 
    
GRADUATE CATALOG 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

M.S.S. in Administration of Justice/History/Political Science/Homeland Security/Loss Prevention-Security Management (available online and traditional formats)


The objective of the Master of Social Sciences degree is to offer a program for students interested in course work in the social sciences rather than in research. The major areas are history, political science, or administration of justice. The thesis is not required. 

The Student's advisor will be the chair of the department of the major or otherwise assigned.

Depending upon options selected, the Master of Social Sciences degree program requires 30 or 36 graduate hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students declaring a major in either History or Political Science must take HIS 6555 - Historical Research and Methodology .

In addition to the comprehensive oral examination required of all Master’s Degree candidates in History, candidates for the Master of Social Science must pass a comprehensive written examination during the last semester of their enrollment.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. Must have a Bachelor’s degree from a credited institution with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0. If not, applicants may still be accepted if they meet the GPA requirements for undergraduate social sciences coursework discussed in number 3 below. Applicants who do not meet these GPA requirements may demonstrate their ability to perform graduate work by scoring 155 or higher on the Verbal portion of the GRE.
  3. Must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of undergraduate work in the social sciences (economics, history,    administration of justice, and political science), of which 15 semester hours are in one field, with a minimum GPA of 2.8. A minimum of six hours must be in the field of the declared major.  Students seeking to major in Political Science must have completed at least one course, with a minimum grade of B, in each of the following subfields: U.S. Government, International Relations, and Comparative Government (a course in Political Theory may be substituted for one of either International Relations or Comparative Government).
  4. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from faculty members who have taught the student in undergraduate courses in any/either field in which the student proposes to major in pursuit of his/her M.S.S. studies.  The letters must convey that the student is capable of successfully completing the coursework and any other associated tasks required for the M.S.S. degree.
  5. Applicants must submit an acceptable original “Statement of Purpose” outlining their reasons for seeking the M.S.S. degree.  This essay should address the student’s motivation(s) in seeking the degree, a proposed program of study, and career objectives once the degree is completed.

    Students seeking Class AA Educator License must have: (1) satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS I Core CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) Reading-5712 (passing score 156); Writing-5722 (passing score 162); Math-5732 (passing score 150); and (2) PRAXIS II (Content Area Exam**)                                                                                                                                                                             

  **Approved content area tests and passing scores are determined by MDE, are subject to change pending MDE approval, and are listed at the State Dept of Education website, http://www.mde.k12.ms.us.

Plan A


(30 semester hours)

  1. Eighteen semester hours in one of three major areas; either 1) History, 2) Political Science, or 3) Administration of Justice.
  2. Six semester hours in each of two others as minors.
    (Economics may be used as a minor.)
  3. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the MSS must take written and oral comprehensive examinations based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. If applicable, the oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.

Total: 30 sem. hrs.


Plan B


(36 semester hours)

  1. Eighteen hours in each of two fields; either 1) History, 2) Political Science, or 3) Administration of Justice.
  2. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the MSS must take written and oral comprehensive examinations based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. If applicable, the oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.

Total: 36 sem. hrs.


M.S.S. in AJU Loss Prevention/Security Management Concentration (12 hrs.)


(30 hours which includes 18 hours of a concentration and two 6 hour minor areas.)  This program is offered in both the traditional and online formats

Required AJU Loss Prevention/Security Management Concentration (12 hrs.)

Six Hours from AJU Electives

 

M.S.S. in Homeland Security Concentration (18 HRS.)


Students may seek graduate credit concentration in Homeland Security within the 30 hr. M.S.S. Degree Program in Administration of Justice.  Candidates must meet regular admission requirements for the Administration of Justice Program.

A.  Choose three of the following courses: (9 hrs.)

AJU 5541 - Introduction to Homeland Security 

AJU 5542 - Introduction to Emergency Management 

AJU 5543 - Introduction to Physical Security 

AJU 5544 - Legal Aspects of Homeland Security 

B.  Choose three of the following courses: (9 hrs.)

AJU 6645 - Domestic Terrorism 

AJU 6646 - International Terrorism 

AJU 6647 - Cyber Terrorism 

C.  Choose two 6-hour minors in the areas of Political Science and History (12 hrs)

Note: Students should remember that a minimum of 50 percent of your work for a Master’s degree must be in 6000-level courses.  At least two of the courses in your minor areas should be taken at the 6000 level to meet this requirement.  You are encouraged to consult with your advisor frequently to ensure that you are progressing toward degree completion.