Professional Master's Degree

This is a 39-credit program, which can include a six to eight credit internship experience.

The professional master's degree has two options:

  1. The community facilitation option for individuals interested in working for government, extension and non-governmental agencies in the field of community development
  2. The analytical processes option for students wishing to do policy analysis for government agencies.

Course Requirements

All students in the professional masters must take two courses:

  • RuSoc 7325, American Community Studies
  • RuSoc 8510, Research Methodolodgy

Core Courses

Students in both options must also take three core courses in rural sociology. The core courses are as follows:

  • RuSoc 7310, Sociology of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • RuSoc 7335, Social Change and Trends
  • RuSoc 7370, Environment and Society
  • RuSoc 8287, Seminar in Social and Economic Development
  • RuSoc 7446, Community Social Structure
  • RuSoc 8447, Seminar: on Contemporary Issues in Rural Sociology

Additional Course Requirements: Community Facilitation Option

Students must take:

  • RuSoc 7341, Building Communities at the Grassroots

Students must also take one of the following:

  • Pub AF 8610, Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution
  • Pub AF 8630, Organizational Change in a Community and Global Context

In addition to the courses above, students in this option must take two of the following courses:

  • RuSoc 7342, Empowering Communities for the Future
  • RuSoc 7343, Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities
  • Pub AF 8150, Foundations of New Governance
  • RuSoc 7130, Advanced Multivariate Statistical Analysis
  • Pub AF 8310E Democracy in Theory and Practice
  • Soc 9837, Seminar Multivariate Statistical Analysis OR
  • ESC PS 9650, Applied of Multivariate Analysis
  • Pub AF 8610, Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution
  • Pub AF 8630, Organizational Change in a Global and Community Context
  • RuSoc 8430, Program Development and Evaluation
  • Electives: 4-6 Credit Hours

Additional Course Requirements: Analytical Processes Option

Students must take the following courses:

  • RuSoc 7130, Advanced Multivariate Statistical Analysis
  • Ag Econ 9310, Rural Economic Growth and Development

In addition to the courses above, students in this option must take two of the following courses:

  • RuSoc 8430, Program Development and Evaluation
  • Ag Econ 8060, Mathematical Modeling for the Social Scientist
  • Ag Econ 7310, Local Economic Analysis
  • Pub AF 8150, Foundations of New Governance
  • Pub AF 8320, Spatial Analysis for Public Affairs
  • ESC PS 8650, Application of Multivariate Analysis in Education
  • Electives: 4-6 Credit Hours

Advisers

All members of a master's degree committee must be members of the graduate faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Transfer Credit

Up to six hours of graduate credit from another institution can be applied toward a master's degree.

Residency Requirement

There is no residency requirement for the master's degree.

Documentation

There are two forms required of non-thesis students and three for thesis students. All forms must be signed by a student's adviser and the director of graduate studies, who will forward them to the Graduate School. Do not submit them directly to the Graduate School; that will result in delays.

Program of Study for the Master's Degree

All master's students should complete the form before the end of their second semester of graduate studies. Students cannot graduate the semester they file Form M-1, which designates their advisers and plans of study.

Request for Thesis Committee

The form is only for students writing a thesis and should be submitted by the end of their second semester of graduate studies. Its purpose is to have an official record of the student's master's committee and to ensure the committee's configuration meets stated requirements.

Report of the Master's Examining Committee

The form is required of all master's students and must bear all committee members' signatures. Thesis students must submit the title pages of their theses with the signed approval of their committees and unbound theses in suitable boxes.

Other Requirements

Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or greater and must have completed at least 15 hours of coursework at or above the 8000 level.

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