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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Schools, Society and Violence [M.A.]

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This interdisciplinary master’s degree is intended for students who want to pursue advanced studies in conflict, crime, and cooperation in the school context. It is offered through the Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, and Teacher Education Departments. Students will understand theoretical concepts, methodological techniques, and the application of substantive interdisciplinary knowledge, enabling them to analyze, understand and effectively intervene to reduce harmful relational and institutional practices in school settings. Essential dimensions of the program include a thesis or non-thesis requirement through which students demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply relevant knowledge to address a particular dimension of the problem of school violence.


Program graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Through written and oral forms, the ability to analyze complex problems associated with school violence;
  2. An understanding of the larger social, historical, economic, and ideological context producing violent social relations within schools;
  3. Competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods; and
  4. The ability to create positive solutions to school violence.

Program Admission

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Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Submit a letter of interest describing the applicant’s career goals and reasons for pursuing this master’s degree
  • Submit two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s professional commitment, experience, and potential

Department Information

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology | Julian Murchison, Ph.D.Department Head | 712 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0012, jmurchi1@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Tricia McTague, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, 712 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0012, tmctague@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 31 hours

The M.A. in Schools, Society and Violence requires the completion of at least 31 credit hours of course work to be distributed among required program courses, concentration courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

Core courses: Crime, Conflict and Cooperation: 20 hours

Substantive Focus: Discipline, Schooling and Social Control: 8-12 hours

Thesis/Non-Thesis Project: 0-4 hours

One option from the following:

Option II: Non-Thesis Project: 0 hours

Non-thesis students must submit two essays dealing with a methodological, theoretical and/or practical problem in power, crime, conflict and cooperation within the schools that reflects the interests of the student and readers.

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