Professional Science Master’s in Applied Sociology

The Professional Science Master’s in Applied Sociology is designed for students who want to acquire the skills associated with a master’s degree for career purposes but do not want to pursue a doctoral degree. When students finish, they will have mastered research skills that open doors to jobs in applied research for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The core curriculum of the PSM in Applied Sociology focuses on research design, quantitative methods and analysis, qualitative methods and analysis, and research ethics. Students can use electives to gain additional training in advanced statistics, ethnography, community-based program evaluation, and geographical information systems (GIS).

Admissions

Apply to this program via the Temple Graduate School Bulletin. Applicants need to submit GRE scores, transcripts, a writing sample, a resume, and 3 letters of reference, in addition to the application. Supplemental materials may be submitted via email to socadmis@temple.edu.

 

Curriculum: 31 Credits (10 classes)

1 class on research design.

SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry (3 credits)

2 classes on quantitative methods. These should be taken as a sequence.

SOC 8211: Inferential and Multivariate Statistics (4 credits)

AND

SOC 9211: Data Analysis (3 credits)

2 classes on qualitative methods. These should be taken as a sequence.

SOC 8221: Qualitative Methods (3 credits)

AND

SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis (3 credits)

1 class on research ethics.

            SOC 8241: Ethics of Social Research (3 credits)

1 research internship or independent study. Students are encouraged to pursue an internship with a local research agency. Possibilities include the Public Health Management Corporation, Research for Action, the School District of Philadelphia, the Institute for Survey Research, the Center for Asian Health, and Equal Measure. Other options are possible. These examples are sites where our graduate students have previously served as interns. Students unable to secure an internship, or who are especially interested in completing a major research project culminating in a publishable report, may opt for the independent study.

SOC 9385: Internship in Social Research (3 credits)

SOC 9382: Independent Study (3 credits)

3 electives in research methods. Students must receive the approval of the instructor and the approval of the graduate director in Sociology. Possible courses include:

 

ANTH 5389: Fieldwork in Ethnography (3 credits)

CJ 8305: Advanced Statistical Issues in Criminal Justice Data (3 credits)

CJ 8222: Simulation Modeling (3 credits)

ENG 5100: Introduction to Digital Research (3 credits)

GUS 5062: Fundamentals of GIS (3 credits)

GUS 5066: Environmental Applications of GIS (3 credits)

GUS 5068: Census Analysis with GIS (3 credits)

GUS 5165: Community Based Program Evaluation (3 credits)

GUS 8065: Cartographic Design (3 credits)

GUS 8066: GIS Application Development (3 credits)

POLS 8118: The Policymaking Process (3 credits)

POLS 8119: Policy Analysis (3 credits)

POLS 8123: Bureaucratic Organization and Public Management (3 credits)

POLS 8128: State and Local Budgeting (3 credits)

PSY 8031: Survey of Multivariate Techniques (3 credits)

PSY 8032: Structural Equation Modeling (3 credits)

PSY 8033: Hierarchical Linear Modeling (3 credits)

SOC 8231: Demography & Immigration (3 credits)

SOC 9291: Departmental Seminar in Research Methods (3 credits)

 

Other electives may count towards this requirement at the discretion of the director.

Sequencing

Sample Course Sequence for a PSM-AS student (full time)
  Fall Spring
First Year SOC 8211 Quantitative Methods

SOC 8011 Research Design

Research Methods Elective

SOC 9211 Quantitative Analysis

SOC 8241 Ethics of Social Research

Research Methods Elective

Second Year SOC 8221 Qualitative Methods

Research Methods Elective

SOC 9241 Qualitative Analysis

SOC 9385 Internship

 

Sample Course Sequence for a PSM-AS student (part time)
  Fall Spring
First Year SOC 8211 Quantitative Methods

SOC 8011 Research Design

SOC 9211 Quantitative Analysis

Research Methods Elective

Second Year SOC 8221 Qualitative Methods

Research Methods Elective

SOC 9241 Qualitative Analysis

SOC 8241 Ethics of Social Research

Third Year Research Methods Elective SOC 9385 Internship

 

PSM-AS plus GIS Certificate

Students pursuing the PSM in Applied Sociology may elect to also pursue the certificate in Geographical Information Systems offered by the Department of Geography & Urban Studies. The certificate requires four courses on GIS. Students may count two of the certificate courses towards their research electives for the PSM. The additional two courses for the certificate are taken in addition to the credits for the PSM, so students pursuing both the PSM and the GIS certificate will have a 37-credit program.

 

Sample Course Sequence for a PSM-AS + GIS Certificate student (full time)
  Fall Spring
First Year SOC 8211 Quantitative Methods

SOC 8011 Research Design

GIS Elective

SOC 9211 Quantitative Analysis

SOC 8241 Ethics of Social Research

GIS Elective

Second Year SOC 8221 Qualitative Methods

Research Methods Elective

GIS Elective

SOC 9241 Qualitative Analysis

SOC 9385 Internship

GIS Elective

 

Sample Course Sequence for a PSM-AS + GIS Certificate student (part time)
  Fall Spring
First Year SOC 8211 Quantitative Methods

SOC 8011 Research Design

SOC 9211 Quantitative Analysis

SOC 8241 Ethics of Social Research

Second Year

 

SOC 8221 Qualitative Methods

GIS Elective

SOC 9241 Qualitative Analysis

GIS Elective

Third Year Research Methods Elective

GIS Elective

GIS Elective

SOC 9385 Internship

 

 

Market for Students and Job Market Potential

Many organizations need their employees to have advanced training in research methods but they have few opportunities to do so. We designed this program in consultation with community partners at Research for Action and the Public Health Management Corporation, as well as recent alumni who have successfully pursued applied careers. In addition to RFA and PHMC, we have placed MA and PhD alumni with Google, the Census Bureau, Veteran’s Affairs, The Reinvestment Fund, TIAA-CREF, The School District of Philadelphia, and National Economic Research Associates. The PSM-AS builds on these community partnerships and alumni relationships.

 

 

Assessment

This program has three Student Learning Objectives:

SLO1: Research Design. After completing the PSM in Applied Sociology, students should be able to design their own research projects including formulation of a research question, justification of the project, selection of appropriate research methods, review of the appropriate literature, and hypotheses of anticipated findings.

SLO2: Methods. After completing the PSM in Applied Sociology, students should be able to practice a range of quantitative and qualitative methods for gathering and analyzing data.

SLO 3: Writing. After completing the PSM in Applied Sociology, students should be able to summarize research findings in a range of writing styles appropriate for multiple audiences including scholars, policy-makers, organizational leaders, and a general audience.

These SLOs will be assessed through a committee review of final papers from quantitative data analysis, qualitative data analysis, and the internships/independent studies, using a rubric.