MA Programs in Professional Studies

Compare 14 Master of Art Degrees in Professional Studies

Professional Studies

Pursuing a Master of Arts is an action designed for the career-minded. Studying for this coveted degree involves delving deeper into an area of study in the arts or humanities to emerge a true expert, desirable to many employers in the field.

What is an MA in Professional Studies? Coursework in professional studies generally focus on humanities, law, or social science. Studies are generally interdisciplinary and internationally minded and prepare students to become top researchers, whether in politics, law, or the arts. Many studies focus on a problem-solving approach to prepare students for a changing global culture. Thus, those attaining an MA in Professional Studies are expected to become the forward thinkers of tomorrow, taking on challenges as yet not conceived.

Those studying for this master’s degree can become experts in methods of teaching, enabling them to best communicate their ideas to others, whether at work or in social life. Students can also become cultural analyzers and may use those skills to sell ideas or products within a culture. In addition, courses in international law might open new career opportunities in that area.

The cost of a master’s degree depends on location, program, and time spent in the program. Earning the degree typically takes one to three years; however, students should research their preferred program of study to get a definitive statement on personal cost.

A major benefit of earning an MA in Professional Studies is the wide range of career opportunities that it allows. A specialization in language, for example, can lead to a career as a language arts teacher, a trainer, or a coach, all careers that employ effective communication. Students could also become product developers, leveraging their knowledge of culture to provide products and services that appeal to the right demographic. Other students may become social workers, serving the general public and promoting change from the ground up.

Schools globally are offering programs for an MA in Professional Studies. Full and part-time options are available for students who want to expand their learning. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Double Masters Programme in European Studies

University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Germany Cologne

The Double Master’s Programme in European Studies gives students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme study at each university for one year and graduate with two master’s degrees from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. [+]

The Double Master’s Programme in European Studies gives students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme study at each university for one year and graduate with two master’s degrees from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.

The Double Master is an ambitious research-based and interdisciplinary programme which has a strong focus on the European Union, its institutions and policies. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the EU and of the workings of politics and society in an integrated Europe. The programme equips graduates with excellent methodological skills, enabling them to operate at an advanced level in an international research environment.... [-]


Master of Arts in Methods of Teaching the English Language

International Black Sea University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Georgia Tbilisi

The program is designed in a way that pays a great attention to general pedagogical, psychological and methods-of-teaching knowledge and skills. The language of instruction is English so that students master not only the practical English language but also field-specific terminology so that they become efficient users of English. [+]

Nowadays communications in political, economic, scientific and cultural fields are held in English. Accordingly, knowing English has become one of the key factors in any country’s success at international, and even at national level. Thus, it is of vital importance to have highly qualified specialists of English who perform either as English language translators-interpreters or are involved in teaching English efficiently. English Language Teaching program offered at master’s level by International Black Sea University aims at educating and training English language teachers whose qualification and expertise meet modern demands of the time.

The program is designed in a way that pays a great attention to general pedagogical, psychological and methods-of-teaching knowledge and skills. The language of instruction is English so that students master not only the practical English language but also field-specific terminology so that they become efficient users of English. During their studies, students should do a lot of independent work (programmed exercises, individual or group projects, presentations and course projects) which forms their skills necessary for continuous education. The program requires deep analysis of theoretical knowledge so that it is realized in practice, independent work and working with scholarly literature. Thus, upon successful completion of the course, students will be efficient users of English language, skillful teachers, or they will have enough knowledge and expertise to pursue their doctoral studies in English language teaching.... [-]


Master of Arts in Social Sciences in Sports

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The programme of study focusses on the social and educational-scientific aspects of sports, which are mediated both theoretically and in a practice-oriented manner. This orientation makes this a unique programme of study for sports studies in German-speaking countries. The studies profile encompasses four core areas. [+]

Contents and areas of focus:

The programme of study focusses on the social and educational-scientific aspects of sports, which are mediated both theoretically and in a practice-oriented manner. This orientation makes this a unique programme of study for sports studies in German-speaking countries. The studies profile encompasses four core areas.

Science-orientation:

The central emphasis here is on the provision of deeper knowledge about both quantitative and qualitative methods for empirical social research. These are supplemented which sports studies relevant reflective knowledge concerning the cultural history, ethics and aesthetics of sports.

Vocational field orientation:

The programme of study offers the option of vocational field specific deepening, either in the field of sports education or sports sociology. Experiences in possible areas of activity are gathered as part of 300 hours long vocational practical programme.... [-]


Master Of Arts In Aesthetics

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Frankfurt am Main

In the name of a delimitation of the arts that has been diagnosed in many places and a progressive aestheticization of the lifeworld, the question of art and aesthetic experience is confronted with a new urgency that calls for answers that are cross-subject and interdisciplinary. Far beyond the narrower field of philosophical aesthetics, which historically covers all areas of art theory, art-theoretical and aesthetic problem-situations appear across the various fields of artistic production and the disciplines of the humanities connected to them through a respective subject-relation. [+]

In the name of a delimitation of the arts that has been diagnosed in many places and a progressive aestheticization of the lifeworld, the question of art and aesthetic experience is confronted with a new urgency that calls for answers that are cross-subject and interdisciplinary. Far beyond the narrower field of philosophical aesthetics, which historically covers all areas of art theory, art-theoretical and aesthetic problem-situations appear across the various fields of artistic production and the disciplines of the humanities connected to them through a respective subject-relation.

The two-year master's program Aesthetics takes this challenge into account by addressing the problem area of ​​aesthetics across disciplines, including philosophy, literary studies, theater, film and media studies, art history and musicology, as well as historical, empirical-psychological and ethnographic ones and ethnological perspectives. Another feature of the course is the connection to the current artistic practice in the context of cooperation with the cultural institutions of the city and the Greater Frankfurt (with the Städelschule, the Academy of Design Offenbach and the University of Music and Performing Arts within the Hessian Theater Academy and the Hessian Film and Media Academy).... [-]


MA in Law and International Management

WSPiA Interdisciplinary Centre for Business Studies
Campus Full time 2 years April 2018 Poland Warsaw

This Master’s degree program is offered in partnership with the Citadel School of Business (USA). [+]

Get your MA degree! Make your choice, do not squander this opportunity

You are reading about a Master’s degree program of an unusual character. In the XXI century, many educational institutions have realized that reliance on the XIX century patterns of teaching and learning is a dead end. They have figured out that in the world of rapid technological growth, changing geopolitical realities (a two-superpower world transforming into a one-superpower international system which in turn is sliding into a multiple-power system with many regional powers), and yet-to-fathom demographic shifts, apart from skills and competencies one should learn how to adapt, use one’s imagination and creativity, appreciate diversity and choose optimal courses of action.... [-]


Master in International Relations and Regional Studies

University of Tartu
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Estonia Tartu

The MA program combines a comprehensive study of international relations as an academic discipline and political practice with in-depth understanding of one or several key regions of the world. [+]

The MA program of International Relations and Regional Studies combines a comprehensive study of international relations as an academic discipline and political practice with in-depth understanding of one or several key regions of the world, including the European Union, Russia and Eurasia, and the Baltic Sea region.

Why study international relations at the University of Tartu? The University of Tartu belongs to the TOP 1.2% of the world's best universities (QS and THE rankings) The research and teaching in the field of IR at UT is internationally visible and recognized placing us among the top IR schools in Eastern and Central Europe. Extensive international collaboration with universities in the U.S. (George Mason University, George Washington University), various universities in Europe, partner institutions in Russia (Higher School of Economics, MGIMO, and others), and major international academic networks (e.g. PONARS-Eurasia, EISA, CEEISA). Interesting geographical location: Estonia is one of the smallest EU member states which is situated in the center of the Baltic Sea Region and on Russia’s doorstep. Since 1989, Estonia has been in the center of democratic, economic and geopolitical change in Eastern Europe. Advanced study facilities, excellent libraries, well-equipped computer labs and modern residence halls. Interactive and innovative teaching and learning methods are widely used. A wide variety of opportunities to study abroad, incl. Erasmus+ agreements and ISEP. Studying in Tartu is both attractive and affordable – high-quality education at a low cost in a country that is simultaneously both ancient and very modern, close to nature and technologically... [-]

MA in Literature – Culture – Media, Yiddish Literature

Lund University
Campus Full time September 2018 Sweden Lund

The aim of this Master's programme is to strengthen your historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. You can choose between several specialisations. [+]

Programme overview

The aim of this programme is to strengthen students' historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. Students can choose between a specialisation in English, French, General, German, Russian, Spanish or Yiddish Literature, or Scandinavian Studies. There are theoretical courses focused on aesthetic and cultural topics of a general nature, as well as courses focused on specific literary genres, themes or historical periods. Critical attention is also given to the many forms in which literature enters the media and the public arena in contemporary society. The final examination takes the form of a Master’s thesis.... [-]


MA Gender Studies and Law

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This is a unique programme, its principal aim being to re-focus issues prioritised in western Gender Studies and Legal Theory on the complex specificities of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. [+]

MA Gender Studies and Law

Programme Code: PGTF0038/PGTP0057/PGTP0058

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class (II.1) or above honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?:

The MA Gender Studies and Law at SOAS caters for students with a variety of backgrounds and objectives:

those coming from Women’s Studies or Gender Studies who wish to engage more deeply with gender theory in relation to regional specialisation and to connect this with legal knowledge, especially, but not exclusively, the societies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East; those coming from Asian, African or Middle Eastern Studies who wish to incorporate the study of gender and law into their own areas of expertise; and those having previously trained in particular disciplines, such as Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, History, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Refugee/Diaspora Studies etc. ... [-]

MA in Human Rights Law

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Human Rights Law allows students to study human rights law, its application and relevance to a broad range of areas and legal issues, including Islamic law, Chinese law, gender, international law, conflict and labour law. [+]

MA in Human Rights Law

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Human Rights Law allows students to study human rights law, its application and relevance to a broad range of areas and legal issues, including Islamic law, Chinese law, gender, international law, conflict and labour law. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.... [-]


MA in Art, Law and Economy

International Hellenic University (IHU)
Campus Full time Part time 14 months October 2018 Greece Thessaloniki + 1 more

The MA in Art, Law and Economy aims at exploring and highlighting the functional interdependence between art, law and the economy. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the legal, financial and political considerations and the corresponding regulatory approaches implemented in Europe and elsewhere concerning the creation of works of art, the art trade, the operation of the markets concerned, the function of intellectual property law at the EU and international level, the protection of cultural heritage and protection against unlawfully acquired works of art. [+]

The University

The International Hellenic University is Greece’s first state university, where programmes are taught exclusively in English.It already attracts a strong international academic faculty and outstanding students from Southeast and other European and Black Sea countries.As a state University, all degrees awarded are accredited by the Government and are recognized in the European Union and internationally.

The Course

The MA in Art, Law and Economy adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and is addressed to graduates of various academic backgrounds, including law, economics, political science, history of art, philosophy, etc., who wish to specialize in the interrelation between art, law and the economy.... [-]


MA in Applied Cultural Analysis

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Lund

This Joint Master's programme emphasises the use of ethnography and cultural analysis to help organisations, businesses and municipal and community-based actors to develop their services, products and public outreach programmes. [+]

Programme overview

Applied cultural analysis is a multi-disciplinary field of work and study that is heavily influenced by cultural theoretical perspectives and ethnographic methods coming from disciplines of study such as anthropology, ethnology and public folklore. It emphasises the teaching and implementation of strategies of collaborative engagement between university-trained scholars, and actors beyond the university system.

The programme aims to develop and deepen students’ knowledge and skills within the field of applied cultural analysis.It emphasises the use of ethnography and cultural analysis as a means of helping organisations and businesses as well as municipal and community-based actors to develop their services, products and public outreach programmes.It does this while simultaneously working to enable those actors to find solutions to problems they may face as an aspect of their daily activities.... [-]


Master of Arts in Social Sciences

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - USEK
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Lebanon Jounieh

The Department of Social Sciences allows you to study the behavior of Society, to understand the Human Being in his environment, and to measure the causes and effects of his well-being. It is the duty of the sociologist to be in the service of his Society, in order to lead it towards a civically minded, politically safe development, and ethical responsibility. [+]

The Department of Social Sciences allows you to study the behavior of Society, to understand the Human Being in his environment, and to measure the causes and effects of his well-being. It is the duty of the sociologist to be in the service of his Society, in order to lead it towards a civically minded, politically safe development, and ethical responsibility.

Thanks to the training in social sciences, students deal with social issues in terms of globalization, the components of its vocabulary, its purposes, and targets. They learn to struggle against inequality, to lead collective action, to understand all forms of Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean or other politics, and to organize cultural centers. The training prepares students to do research in social sciences; particularly research that focuses on a deep exploration of their society, in order to be involved therein as promoters of salvation.... [-]


Master of Arts in English Language Teaching

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of English
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Hong Kong Kowloon + 1 more

This programme is designed for teachers with teaching experience at the tertiary, adult or secondary level to develop their effective problem-solving techniques required in demanding and changing teaching environments. It is recognised by the Education Bureau of the HKSAR Government for the Subject Knowledge Requirement for teachers. [+]

Programme Aims

The aim of this programme is to develop graduates capable of making an immediate contribution to education. This programme provides you with:

insights into linguistic, educational and international issues related to English language teaching knowledge and skills extremely relevant for an effective English language teacher opportunities to reflect and relate recent trends in educational concepts to your own experience and practice a critical perspective designed to equip you for the challenges in today's ever-changing teaching environment a depth of knowledge which will enhance your ambition to offer a high quality and outstanding English language teaching experience to your students Programme Contents ... [-]

Master of Arts in English Language Arts

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of English
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 Hong Kong Kowloon

This programme supports teachers in specific areas of the new language arts curriculum as well as business professionals who use language arts, such as trainers and coaches. It is recognised by the Education Bureau (EDB) of the HKSAR Government for the Language Proficiency Requirement. [+]

The aim of this programme is to develop graduates capable of making an immediate contribution to education or business. This programme provides:

subjects which reflect current trends and demands on language teachers and business trainers in Hong Kong opportunities to learn new concepts in English language and language arts studies, such as literature, media, popular culture, drama, spoken language arts (choral poetry reading, debating) and language learning/teaching innovative approaches to language studies and language arts which reflect the literacy and language of the present Hong Kong community insights into linguistic and educational issues related to using the English Language Arts opportunities to reflect on and relate recent trends in the English Language Arts to students’ own experience and practice a critical perspective designed to equip students for the challenges of teaching and working environments in which visual, civic, cultural and technological literacies are important Professional Recognition ... [-]