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  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
2007-2008 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Applied Social Research and Policy Analysis (ASR), M.A.


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Professor Silver, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5645, Marc.L.Silver@hofstra.edu

The master’s level graduate program in the area of social research and policy is intended to meet the growing demand for advanced training for those with a bachelor’s degree in a related social science who wish to pursue a career in the areas of applied research and policy analysis.  The primary emphasis of the program is to prepare students for public and private sector employment in the United States and internationally.  It combines a broad academic experience with applied internship opportunities so that, upon graduation, students are well prepared to work effectively in a global economy and a multicultural environment.

Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in:
  • Not-for-profit organizations (foundations, advocacy and service agencies, unions)
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Research organizations (evaluation, policy, polling, marketing)
  • Organizations needing professionals with research and analysis skills
  • Private sector firms with research needs in the areas of personnel, market research, labor relations, public relations, opinion poll research, and social services.

It is anticipated that the program will also provide a solid grounding for those students wishing to use it as a stepping stone toward more advanced graduate level work in the social sciences.

Admission Requirements



  1. Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the social sciences, business, or related field, with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  2. Scores of no less than 500 on the Verbal and 500 on the Quantitative sections of the GRE.
  3. Written statement of professional interests and goals.
  4. Personal interview.

Program Requirements: Semester Hours: 42


The program requires 42 semester hours of appropriate graduate-level credits.  Full-time students should complete the program in two years. Part-time students should complete the program in three years. The program is comprised of three components: the core curriculum, policy concentrations, and research internships.

Internship/Thesis: 6 s.h.


Chosen from the following:

Qualifying Examination


A qualifying examination must be taken and passed upon completion of 24 semester hours in the program.  Students have two opportunities to pass the qualifying examination.  Additionally, students must maintain a B average with no more than one grade of C per semester, or more than two grades of C toward the M.A.

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