Masters Degree in Social Sciences in North America

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A masters is awarded to students who have completed postgraduate level study in a specific field of study or area of professional practice while demonstrating a high level of mastery during the process.

Social Sciences programs usually include courses in psychology, sociology and ethics that teach students how to channel their natural compassion into useful, effective action that helps vulnerable populations such as abuse victims, substance abusers, criminals and the disabled. Career opportunities include treatment facilities, home healthcare, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Spanning 23 countries, North America is continent filled with educational opportunity. Students have the opportunity to learn multiple languages and develop an understanding of vastly different cultures.

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Master's program in Sustainable Communities

Binghamton University
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Binghamton + 1 more

Binghamton University offers an innovative master’s program in Sustainable Communities. This program reflects vital community needs for collaborative policies, processes and relationships. [+]

Masters in Social Sciences in North America 2017. Master's program in Sustainable Communities Binghamton University offers an innovative master’s program in Sustainable Communities. This program reflects vital community needs for collaborative policies, processes and relationships. The lively curriculum spans several disciplines, including geography, public administration and environmental studies. Students can pursue a natural science/ecological perspective or a social/policy-based track. All students receive both theoretical and practical training focused on improving quality of life by integrating economic, social, and ecological issues and strategies. Degrees Offered MS in Sustainable Communities MA in Sustainable Communities The role of sustainability professionals has grown Through a custom education and job training, you will be prepared to become a leader in shaping sustainable communities to protect people and the planet. A cutting-edge professional degree to create a sustainable future Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to advance environmental policy, economic development and social equity across public, private and non-profit sectors. The competitive edge to launch your career Our unique, interdisciplinary program will not only set you up for a job in sustainability, it will set you up for an impactful career you're passionate about. What degrees are available? The 38-credit program culminates with either a thesis (Master of Science in Sustainable Communities) or capstone project (Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities). Professional Development Binghamton University prides itself on producing research that has practical impacts on the local community. Faculty and students in this program are encouraged to work in tangent on research projects that integrate theories and methods to address real-world problems. Students are also encouraged to collaborate with faculty across the University to support the development of interdisciplinary and methodologically rigorous research on multifaceted issues. The city of Binghamton’s location in upstate New York provides a unique research perspective for students interested in studying both urban and rural communities. Students can also take advantage of the University’s close ties with community leaders and local businesses to supplement their field studies and gain experience working with diverse groups of citizens. After You Graduate According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, sustainability professionals may follow a variety of career paths, but they all "promote environmental protection, social responsibility and profitability.” Our first-of-its-kind Sustainable Communities program integrates the sciences, social sciences and the humanities to expand your job opportunities. Sustainability jobs continue to grow in every market sector. Bureau Statistics indicate that the employment outlook for sustainability and environmental specialists is projected to grow 11 percent by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. A master’s degree in Sustainable Communities will allow you to pursue a career in many existing and emerging fields, including: corporate citizenship, climate change research, green architecture, government sustainability, conservation organizations, green transportation, urban planning and non-profit management. Admissions Requirements Please note that the program accepts applications for both fall and spring enrollment. Applicants who are accepted for the spring enroll part-time in the spring and can then enroll full-time in the fall. To be eligible for graduate study, you must: Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following: You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University Have earned, at minimum, one of the following: A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements. To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website. Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee Résumé or curriculum vitae Two letters of recommendation Professional writing sample or essay of 500-800 words on a relevant topic GRE scores are not required but are welcomed International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website. International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.) Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores) This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements. Deadlines Fall: Rolling (January 15 Recommended) Spring: Part-Time Start Only: Rolling (November 15 Recommended) [-]

Masters of Education in Community Development and Action

Vanderbilt Peabody College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Nashville

The Masters of Education program in Community Development & Action is a two-year practitioner-focused degree in the HOD department, preparing students for professional leadership as change agents in local communities. [+]

The Masters of Education program in Community Development & Action is a two-year practitioner-focused degree in the HOD department, preparing students for professional leadership as change agents in local communities. The program combines theory, research, and practice to equip students with the tools to study, design, and sustain change in the context of organizations, communities, and policy that support positive human development. As a student of communities and human development, you are expected to make a strong commitment to your education by recognizing the intention behind program goals and making an effort to learn and grow beyond the minimum degree requirements. You are expected to commit to your best work and maintain your personal integrity as well as the integrity of the program. Coursework entails a minimum of 30 hours of required and elective classes in content areas. Course selection may vary according to career objectives of the student and recommendations made by his or her major advisor. Sample Program of Studies Fall 2014 Professional Seminar – Becoming a Change Agent* Community Inquiry* Community Development Theory* Spring 2015 Consulting Pre-Practicum* Community Intervention & Change Fall 2015 Theories of Inequality Program Evaluation Spring 2016 Community Organizing Global Dimensions of Community Development *Denotes required course A student may also choose to take an additional 6 hours and complete a concentration in an area of his or her choosing. Examples of areas of concentration include topics such as Leadership and Management, International Development, Education, Public Policy, Community Health and Wellness, and Program Evaluation. Practicum Supervised field experience is a critical component for the learning and development of each CDA student. The purpose of the practicum experience is to allow each student the opportunity to apply foundational community development principles and coursework and to build professional skill sets in meaningful settings. Most frequently, these experiences take place in off-campus organizational or public agency settings, but they may also take other forms. Over some summers, the Department of Human and Organizational Development offers opportunities to participate in a Fieldschool of Intercultural Education, which can also be counted toward practicum requirements with prior approval. Final Assessment Options CDA students are required to complete, at a minimum, 30 hours of coursework, 300 hours of practicum work and one of the following three final assessment options: Master's Thesis - This is an experience in independent scholarly research which is intended to contribute to the field of community development. Click here to see examples of past theses. Final Project - This opportunity allows students to integrate CDA core philosophy, coursework and field experience. The student will communicate meaningfully how these three elements are related and how they have contributed to their personal and professional growth during the project's life span. Click here to see examples of past student projects. Comprehensive Exam - This is an in-depth writing experience intended to display the student's full understanding of the material covered by the CDA degree program and to encourage the student to think critically about this material. Each final assessment option provides the student with a different method of expressing what they have learned and how to apply it. Each student should speak with their major advisor upon matriculation to discuss which assessment option is appropriate. Because the thesis and final project options require a great deal of preparation, a student must plan to stay in the program for four semesters; LINK students and those graduating in three semesters must choose the comprehensive exam option. [-]

Master Of Social Development Studies

Université Du Québec En Outaouais UQO
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Canada Gatineau Saint-Jérôme + 1 more

This multidisciplinary course is for candidates who wish to give the tools to become professionals and develop leaders capable of identifying current challenges and to propose innovative solutions. [+]

Masters in Social Sciences in North America 2017. This multidisciplinary course is for candidates who wish to give the tools to become professionals and develop leaders capable of identifying current challenges and to propose innovative solutions. They will become familiar with the main theories of development and with the issues, challenges, solutions and limits development. They deepen their understanding of the multiple dimensions that interact on community development and on territorial dynamics. Also, they will develop their ability to analyze social relations and human actions, relations with the environment and social structures in the territories. Students also master the various techniques of research and specific action to development. After their training, they will have acquired the theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary to understand and act on developing and elsewhere. REGULAR FLOW - WITH MEMORY This profile is intended both for students who wish to develop research skills to candidates who wish to pursue doctoral studies. They will master the methods of collecting and analyzing information, critical analysis of development indicators and specific research process development. After their training, the students will contribute to the advancement of development research by writing a dissertation on a specific problem in this discipline. REGULAR FLOW - WITH TEST This profile is for students who wish to increase their professional expertise and promote their integration in the labor market. They will expand their knowledge and skills development and will thus have a global vision of this discipline. With writing a test, they will learn the process of research and intervention development and master the skills required in this discipline. After their training, they will act on development as highly qualified practitioners. CONCENTRATION OF TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT This pathway offers students training focused on territorial development in Quebec, Canada and, more generally, in the OECD countries. They will gain a critical understanding of major contemporary issues of research and practice that characterize the development of these territories. CONCENTRATION IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT This concentration enables students to acquire essential notions in the study and practice of development in the global South countries. They will deepen their knowledge of the issues surrounding the research and practice of the social sciences International Development. CONCENTRATION IN NATIVE STUDIES This concentration provides students with training on indigenous peoples, especially in the Americas and elsewhere in the world. Students will learn more about the Aboriginal economy, indigenous societies and the different modes of Aboriginal governance. They thoroughly know the different aspects of research on indigenous peoples. FEATURES In the thesis of this control gives access to many scholarships, including labourse encouragement to graduate studies with memory UQO, the duConseil scholarship Humanities Research as well as the Research Fund, society and culture. An international development concentration is offered to students who wish to acquire the knowledge necessary for the study and practice of development in the global South countries. Students can enjoy international mobility agreement established with the master's program in Spatial Development of the University of the State of Sao Paulo (UNESP). To enrich their academic career of an international dimension, students can conduct studies abroad through bilateral agreements with the participating universities or student exchange programs Interuniversity Cooperation Office. Students have the opportunity to follow a course promoting rapid integration into the labor market by developing a scientific test or perform writing a research paper for the acquisition of research skills and also leading to doctoral studies. TRAINING PLANS The paths presented to the following address are examples of training plans. These may vary. Visit the official training plans and course descriptions for details. BUSINESS OUTLOOK Information Officer Development agent Research Officer political analyst political Attaché Communications officer Lecturer at the University (required mastery) Programme Manager in an NGO for development or humanitarian aid Project Manager in an international organization Adviser for Foreign Affairs Consultant Teachers college AREAS OF USE college and university educational institutions federal, provincial and municipal aid organizations international cooperation organizations International organizations non-profit organizations OBJECTIVES The overall objective of the program is to provide students with a university degree in the first cycle in the social sciences, or equivalent in a related field, training to enable them to conduct research and to intervene so autonomous and critical in the field of territorial development, international and indigenous. Complementary to that have made his studies of 1st cycle, this multidisciplinary training will enable: To deepen understanding of the issues and solutions, and their limitations, that underlies the development in North and South; To master the theoretical and methodological tools to facilitate this understanding; To soak proposed solutions to problems of development to possibly put into practice in a professional setting in the North or the South. The training aims to provide the analytical tools and knowledge acquisition both for students who choose to act on territorial development, international or native as practitioners and students who wish to pursue a PhD or work as professional researchers. The program also aims to understand the different factors of development in the three concentrations, as well as the successes and failures of the contemporary development in different contexts. Through the various mandatory and optional seminars and field research experience or training, the program will deepen in various orientations with respect to territorial development, international and indigenous. [-]

Specialized Graduate Studies In Regional And Territorial Development

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Rimouski Lévis

The specialized graduate diploma (DESS) in regional and territorial development as analysts able to understand complex situations faced by stakeholders involved in the social, economic and cultural action at various territorial levels and to formulate a diagnosis and solutions to guide social change. [+]

The specialized graduate diploma (DESS) in regional and territorial development as analysts able to understand complex situations faced by stakeholders involved in the social, economic and cultural action at various territorial levels and to formulate a diagnosis and solutions to guide social change. It addresses the issues by taking into account cultural, historical, identity, economic, political and ecological requirements in terms of durability and environmental friendliness. Program Structure The specialized graduate diploma (DESS) in regional and territorial development is an interdisciplinary program for addressing both economic and social dimensions, cultural, historical and geographic development. Students must be familiar with the main theories and models of regional development and territorial, particularly those that characterize the recent advances in this field of knowledge, as well as students of the Masters in Regional Development. This training is complemented by efforts to strengthen response capabilities on the ground. This activity type analysis - intervention enables participants to better perform their duties within institutions and organizations dedicated to the promotion of territorial development. Passage Masters All courses of specialized graduate diploma (DESS) in regional and territorial development are integral to control in regional development. For his mastery, the student will realize the research paper of 21 credits and a mandatory 3-credit course. It is therefore possible for a student to start his journey to the Master and continue to master. To complete his Masters, he must: have a minimum GPA of 3.2 to 4.3; meet the admission requirements of the Master; file a new application. Research areas Social issues studied by the teachers want to resonate with the news: effects of development policies on the regional economy; innovation and territorial anchoring of enterprises in rural and urban areas; social acceptability of projects to exploit natural resources; multifunctionality of rural areas and agriculture; adaptation of local communities to climate change. Regional development, an axis of excellence in research at UQAR UQAR seeks to better understand the issues and the problems the regions face because contemporary economic and social changes. Researchers associated with this research analyzes the dynamic Socioterritorial affecting the regions and develop development assistance tools. Regional development is an institutional dominant pole in research, both basic and applied research with more structured units. This field of multidisciplinary studies with the concerns conveyed at regional, national and international. Employment Opportunities graduate in regional development programs form the analysts could clarify complex situations faced by stakeholders involved in the social, economic and cultural action at various territorial scales while being able to make a diagnosis and possible solutions to guide social change. Under the influence of factors like economic restructuring and strengthening sense of identity, there is, in Quebec and abroad, a renewed interest in the regional order issues. Those with a degree graduate in regional development hold high-level functions powered by the expansion of education, research, consultation, intervention or public administration around issues development of regions. Several graduates in regional development have jobs in the following environments: organizations dedicated to research and teaching (specialized centers, colleges, universities); Private intervention and consultation bodies; government and international agencies concerned with regional development. OBJECTIVES This program aims to empower students to critically analyze the various dimensions of regional and territorial development and strengthen their ability to support change and development processes in their respective policy areas. Specifically, it aims to equip students: theoretical and practical knowledge from a multidisciplinary perspective, necessary for understanding the complexity of regional and territorial development problems, taking into account their (cultural, historical, identity, economic, political-institutional, environmental, etc.) and 'requirements in terms of sustainability and respect for the environment; knowledge essential to situate the problems of regional development at different territorial levels, especially at international level, and territorial toward national and international issues; skills required to exercise the role of speaker analyst or analyst consultant in regional and territorial development, including information and advice to local and regional public authorities and the public, private and social economy in terms of strategies, priorities or development projects and on but out of these. [-]

Master Of Study Psychosocial Practices

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time 6 months September 2017 Canada Lévis Rimouski + 1 more

The MA in study of psychosocial practices accompanying social workers to help them renew their practices and interventions in order to deploy more fully the potential and create new knowledge. [+]

Masters in Social Sciences in North America 2017. The MA in study of psychosocial practices accompanying social workers to help them renew their practices and interventions in order to deploy more fully the potential and create new knowledge. This program is based on reflexive research methodologies, life history, autobiographical, of praxeology and explanation. The teaching is based on specific situations experienced by students in their various practices, instead of relying only, as is traditionally the case, on theoretical content determined in advance. Program Structure The MA in study of psychosocial practices allows for a research project (21 credits memory) structured, rigorous, scientific and professional practice reviews to improve the quality of its operations while contributing to the development of knowledge about psychosocial practices. Teachers are grafted to projects students to assist them in the development of knowledge from their practice. Among the faculty expertise include: group facilitation and change management; autobiographical and self-study approach; reflexive approaches, perceptive and new practices; collective intelligence; intercultural merging of knowledge in action research; Research in the first person; transdisciplinary and spirituality. This program also helps develop the skills required for the pursuit of doctoral studies. Targeted audience This program is for people engaged in psychosocial practice that can come from various specialized training and who may have different titles: consultant; development agent; adviser human resources; mediator; former; teacher; facilitator; accompanist; coordinator; lawyer; special educator; manager; community worker; psychoeducator; psychologist; psychotherapist; psychologist; social worker; coach; coach; relationship officer; Communications Officer; etc. Beyond their specialized initial training, all these people share the fact to work and intervene with a human system (individual, family, group, community or organization) based on specific goals that can vary from practice to the other. This dynamic of intervention for people is the field of study privileged by this program. OBJECTIVES The overall objective of this control is to allow persons involved with a human system: individual, family, group, community or organization to make an approach structured, rigorous thinking, and scientific criticism on professional practice in order to improve the quality of its interventions and by extension of his practice while contributing to the development of knowledge on psychosocial practices. More specifically, this control is to allow the student or the student: analyze and assess the dynamics, rules and rationality of its operations as a practitioner and practitioner while comparing to other existing models in order to take a critical distance from his usual way of looking at its convenient; to develop skills of research and intervention that will make the practice more efficient and encourage the development of greater autonomy in adapting to the many changes; to produce knowledge from its practical intervention and contribute to the development of the field of study: Psychosocial practice. [-]

Master Of Regional Development

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time 6 months September 2017 Canada Lévis Rimouski + 1 more

The MA in regional development is focused on the analysis of problems and development challenges of regions and territories. [+]

The MA in regional development is focused on the analysis of problems and development challenges of regions and territories. This analysis is based in particular on knowledge derived from sociology, political science, geography, economics, management science and history. By studying the realities of Quebec and Canada, but also elsewhere in the world, the program aims to better understand the group dynamics and the complex process of development in a local and global environment change. Program Structure The Master of Regional Development is an interdisciplinary program with a tuition of 24 credits that can address both economic and social, cultural, historical and geographic development. Particular attention is paid to the problems of the peripheral regions, both in industrialized countries and in the Third World. This program also allows for a research project (memory 21 credits) to deepen a subject area of ​​study Regional Development. It also helps to develop the skills required for the pursuit of doctoral studies. Research areas Social issues studied by the teachers want to resonate with the news: effects of development policies on the regional economy; innovation and territorial anchoring of enterprises in rural and urban areas; social acceptability of projects to exploit natural resources; multifunctionality of rural areas and agriculture; adaptation of local communities to climate change. Regional development, an axis of excellence in research at UQAR UQAR seeks to better understand the issues and the problems the regions face because contemporary economic and social changes. Researchers associated with this research analyzes the dynamic Socioterritorial affecting the regions and develop development assistance tools. Regional development is an institutional dominant pole in research, both basic and applied research with more structured units. This field of multidisciplinary studies with the concerns conveyed at regional, national and international. Employment Opportunities graduate in regional development programs form the analysts could clarify complex situations faced by stakeholders involved in the social, economic and cultural action at various territorial scales while being able to make a diagnosis and possible solutions to guide social change. Under the influence of factors like economic restructuring and strengthening sense of identity, there is, in Quebec and abroad, a renewed interest in the regional order issues. Those with a degree graduate in regional development hold high-level functions powered by the expansion of education, research, consultation, intervention or public administration around issues development of regions. Several graduates in regional development have jobs in the following environments: organizations dedicated to research and teaching (specialized centers, colleges, universities); Private intervention and consultation bodies; government and international agencies concerned with regional development. Training The Master of Regional Development to track profile with or without training, leading in both cases to the writing of a dissertation. In addition to using the traditional techniques of social science research, the profile associated with training their action research and participant observation conducted as part of an internship. This formula promotes vocational skills for the realization of a project within the framework of tasks carried out within an organization may accompany a step in keeping a perspective of regional and territorial development. The course does not replace research. The course is the project and the research field, in a framework of action. OBJECTIVES This program aims to empower students to scientific analysis of the various dimensions of regional development. It does not correspond to a professional master; However, it is the formation of analysts capable of supporting the process of change and development. Specifically, it aims to: dispense from a multidisciplinary perspective, the knowledge and skills required to understand the regional development issues; locate regional development problems facing the national and international problems; provide training as researcher involved in regional development. [-]

M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 USA San Francisco

The University of San Francisco M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies program (MAPS) explores in depth the economic powerhouses of 21st century Asia and their embrace of the explosive forces of modernization. Located in the exciting center of America's most Asia-focused city, MAPS is an innovative program that studies both the economic and social dynamism of modern Asia and its rich history and cultural continuity. [+]

Master in Asia Pacific StudiesThe University of San Francisco M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies program (MAPS) explores in depth the economic powerhouses of 21st century Asia and their embrace of the explosive forces of modernization. Located in the exciting center of America's most Asia-focused city, MAPS is an innovative program that studies both the economic and social dynamism of modern Asia and its rich history and cultural continuity.As the Pacific Century unfolds, the MAPS Program is designed to serve the needs and schedules of both traditional graduate students and working professionals who seek an advanced education in East Asian cultures, economies and societies. With its interdisciplinary approach to the Asia Pacific region, MAPS prepares students for a broad spectrum of careers in the following areas:... [-]