Can the program be completed online?
No. The majority of the degree program courses are offered in traditional classroom format. A few are fully online courses.
When are courses offered? (e.g. day, night, weekend, summer, etc.)
Courses are most frequently offered weeknights starting at 5:00 or 6:00pm. Courses are offered each semester (e.g. Spring, Summer, Fall).
What is a normal course load for a student in the program?
Two courses (6 credit hours) is considered a full load for financial aid and graduate assistantship eligibility purposes. Students in the program make a decision about whether to take one, two or three courses per semester based on whether they are working full time and other factors. It depends on how quickly you want to move through the program and how strong of a job you do in classes.
How do I register for courses?
Admission to the program in either "regular" or "probationary" status is required prior to registering for classes. Upon admission VSU will assign a username and password needed to access VSU's online registration system .
Is campus housing available?
Converse Hall, Centennial, and Hopper Hall are available for graduate students. Campus housing works on a first come first serve basis. http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/auxiliary-services/housing/
Where is the MS Sociology Program located on VSU's Campus?
The MS Sociology Program is located within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice and Marriage and Family Therapy in the University Center building on campus. The University Center is located on N. Patterson Street between Brookwood Drive to the north and Mary Street to the south. The Program Coordinator's Office is located in room 1125 of the University Center (use Entrance 7 to the building).
What is applied sociology/sociological practice?
Applied sociology is using sociological knowledge (the sociological imagination, theories, methodologies, and data) to analyze real world situations. Practitioners work with individuals and groups who are having problems and try to implement strategies for change. Applied sociologists could help an organization which wants to more effectively communication with its stakeholders, or aid a neighborhood organizing for more equitable treatment, or could work for organizations working for social justice. Applied sociology is not just "knowledge for knowledge's sake," rather it is seeking knowledge in order to create a better world.
Will I get to know other students in the program?
Yes. Our program is a nice size, which provides opportunities for students and faculty to get to know one another well. Students are encouraged to reach out to each other for academic and social support. Your classes will likely be small, especially in the concentration courses.
How large is the program?
At any given point in time, there are 15-30 students actively pursuing the M.S. Degree in Sociology. The program produces 6-8 graduates each academic year. Class size varies from small seminars of 6-10 students to larger classes with approximately 15-20 students. Students find the small seminar style classes great for discussion and access is excellent to instructors and other students.
Will I be able to work and go to school?
Yes. Most students in our program work and attend classes. Balancing work, home, and school means that you will need a lot of perseverance, commitment, and time management skills. To assist students who work, most of your classes will be taught in the evenings (a few might even be on the weekend or via the Internet). Most of our graduates have found ways to juggle school, personal commitments, and work. We are committed to helping you succeed.
How much does it cost to go to graduate school?
The cost of the program is low compared to other programs within the State of Georgia and is quite reasonable compared to programs across the nation. Check here for the most up-to-date information on tuition and fees: http://www.valdosta.edu/finadmin/financial/documents/Fall2008FeeSchedules4-30-08grad.pdf
Can I get financial aid for graduate school?
For information about aid, loans, or assistance available through VSU visit http://www.valdosta.edu/gradschool/finaid.shtml. There are several graduate assistantships available each year. Students accepted to the program may complete a graduate assistantship application form and be considered for assistantship support that includes a monthly stipend and substantial savings on tuition and fees (the higher fees for out-of-state students are waived). Assistantships involve direct work with program faculty for 14 hours per week in activities such as program support, research, community service, teaching, and professional development.
What computer facilities are available to graduate students?
Valdosta State University has been nationally recognized for its use of technology for learning. The University Center, the building which houses the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, and Marriage and Family Therapy, has a computer lab with 24 computers. It is staffed by a Department Graduate Assistant who often can help with problems. The lab is available for use by all students except during times when classes are scheduled in the lab. You can write papers, access the Internet, do library research, and check e-mail from the computers in the departmental lab and computer labs across campus.
Much of the specialized skills that you will need will be taught in classes. It will be helpful to have basic computer skills prior to admission.