Graduate Programs | Department of History & Political Science | Mississippi College
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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 thesis is not required. The student's advisor will be the head of the department of the major or otherwise assigned. Depending upon options selected, the Master of Social Sciences degree program requires thirty or thirty-six graduate hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Unless otherwise specified all three-semester-hour courses have lecture 3 hours per week. The student is reminded that one-half course work to be applied toward a Master's degree must be on 6000-level. A 400-level course taken for undergraduate credit cannot subsequently be changed to graduate credit nor repeated for graduate credit on the 5000-level.

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 baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  3. Must have a minimum of 30 semester hours of undergraduate work in the social sciences (economics, history, administration of justice, political science, and sociology), of which 15 hours are in one field.
  4. Must have undergraduate credit for: History 101-102 or 211-212, Economics, and Sociology.
  5. A verbal score beginning in the range of 146-150 (equivalent to 400-450) and a quantitative score beginning in the range of 140-141 (equivalent to 400-450), or a score within these ranges on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE, General Record Examination, is required. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined. Departments may exercise discretion for students who score below this range.

Plan A (30 Hours)

  1. Eighteen semester hours in one of four major areas; either history, political science, or 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.

Plan B (36 hours)

  1. Eighteen hours in two fields; either history, political science, or 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.

This program is available in the online format. Students must be admitted as a graduate student to the college. Students may complete the certificate by taking the following:

Requirement Class Name Hours
AJU 5541 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
AJU 5542 Introduction to Emergency Management 3
Choose 5 of the following courses:    
AJU 5543 Introduction to Physical Security 3
AJU 5544 Legal Aspects of Homeland Security 3
AJU 6645 Domestic Terrorism 3
AJU 6646 International Terrorism 3
AJU 6647 Cyber Terrorism 3
AJU 6648 Grant Writing for Homeland Security 3
AJU 6632 Special Issues in Homeland Security 3
Total Hours   21

Students may seek a Graduate Certificate in Loss Prevention/Security Management. Students must be admitted as a graduate student to the college. Students may complete the certificate by taking the following courses:

Requirement Class Name Hours
Required Loss Prevention/Security Management Core   12
AJU 405 Introduction to Loss Prevention  3
AJU 406 Executive Management in Loss Prevention 3
AJU 407 Private Security Law 3
AJU 543 Introduction to Physical Security 3
Electives Choose 3 from the following: 9
AJU 432 Special Issues 3
  Options include White Collar Crime, Kinesic Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Criminal Profiling, Intelligence Analysis, and Transportation Security.  AJU 432 may be repeated with a different topic each time.  
AJU 445 Domestic Terrorism 3
AJU 447 Cyber Terrorism 3
AJU 490 Internship 3 or 6
AJU 499 Directed Readings 3