Troy University Degree Programs
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At Troy University, academic degrees are grouped by college, of which there are five. Those five are:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Communications and Fine Arts
- College of Education
- College of Health & Human Services
- Sorrell College of Business
Many of the degree programs at Troy University are available at one of four campuses, online, and in exchange programs outside of the United States. Most of the online degrees involve business in one form or another. At the graduate level, some nursing programs are online in addition to business degrees.
There are dozens upon dozens of degrees available to pursue at Troy University, but these three are representative of them:
Bachelor of Arts in English: The major includes a standard 120 credits of study, 36 of which are devoted to the major. Classes include American Literature Before 1875, British Literature after 1785, and Advanced Grammar I. Students study a combination of “how, what, and why” of literature and writing and focus on a deeper understanding of both. The remaining 84 credits are split between the core requirements and electives.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice: Counting the thesis, this degree includes 36 credit hours of study. Students delve into the criminals’ minds and study the psychology behind terrorism, spree killing, and other criminal behavior. They also study the techniques of the corrections’ system and the administrative side of the courts. Electives make up 15 credits worth of this master’s degree. Classes include National Security Policy, Agency Experience, and Emergency and Crisis Management.
Doctor of Philosophy in Sports Management: A full 18 credits of the 48 required consist of the dissertation. Students must achieve the approval of both their advisers and the Dissertation Committee. Most of the classroom work for this degree involves several seminars, such as the Legal Aspects of Sport, Applied Statistics in Sports Management, and Sport Marketing.
About Troy University
As with many universities founded in the final decades of the 19th century, Troy University began as a normal school. Up until the 1920s, the school awarded teaching certificates but not full degrees. When the school became Troy State Teacher’s College, it received accreditation to award those degrees. Some time later, it began an association with the United States Military, and many of the soldiers who were stationed in Alabama attended classes there. Around the same time, the State of Alabama removed the word “Teacher’s” from the school’s title because of the expanded classes and degree offerings the school had developed between 1920 and 1950.
Troy University, which took that name in 2004, has expanded even further from the 1950s and now is home to more than 14,000 students. All of its campuses are now considered under one accreditation. U.S. News and World Report ranks Troy University No. 101 in the South Region and No. 19 on its list of “Most Innovative Schools.”
Troy University Accreditation Details
Troy University’s regional accreditation comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Its departments hold academic accreditations from various organizations, including the:
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration
- Council on Rehabilitation Education
- Council on Social Work Education
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc.
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
- Council on Rehabilitation Education
- Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
Troy University Application Requirements
Undergraduate students must submit all applicable high-school transcripts and either their SAT or ACT score. Acceptable scores on those tests are 1030 and 20, respectively. Unless their high-school GPAs are lower than 2.0, students who are older than 24 years of age are exempt from taking either test.
Students without high-school diplomas may still apply, but they must submit their GED test results. After March of 2016, students must achieve a 145 on the GED examination. Active-duty military personnel may apply without submitting either a high-school transcript or test scores. They must, however, submit something that proves their active-duty statement, such as a Leave and Earnings Statement, a Department of Defense form 2A, or a signed letter from their commanding officer.
Graduate students have differing admission requirements that are based on their chosen field of study. Some of the requirements are general, however, such as letters of reference, statements of purpose, a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree, whichever is relevant, from a regionally accredited college or university, and all transcripts. Graduate students should check the website to see if there are any other requirements for their degrees like the Graduate Record Examinations.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition at Troy University is charged by the credit hour and also based on a student’s residence. In-state undergraduates pay $325 while out-of-state undergraduates $650. Graduate students pay $425 if they’re in-state and $850 if they’re out-of-state. General fees come to about $300, and there are many other fees that may are may not apply. Graduate students may have to pay to take tests like the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Management Admission Test too. Students should check the website to see how much their fees will total. Online courses cost the same. Room and board cost $13,400 for undergraduates and $12,200 for graduate students. All students must have health insurance. If they’re not on their parents’ plans, then the cost is $1,745 per semester.
Students who wish to apply for need-based financial aid do so through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The information on this form includes their income, their parents’ income, and any assets up to and including merit-based, private financial aid. Need-based aid is awarded as either subsidized loans, grants, or scholarships. Most students receive a combination of the three. Federal work-study programs are considered grants, and there are rules about how much students are allowed to work and also about how high their GPA must be to keep their jobs. Students with questions should contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Troy University has been there for military students and other students for decades, and it is still going strong coming up on the second decade of the 21st century.