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After earning a bachelor degree, a student may choose to pursue additional, specialized study in the humanities with a Master of Arts. The MA can be a terminal degree or lead to further education in a doctoral program. Students can expect to learn research techniques as well as the job skills needed for a career. What is an MA in Social Policy? There are many different possible tracks in this degr… Read more

After earning a bachelor degree, a student may choose to pursue additional, specialized study in the humanities with a Master of Arts. The MA can be a terminal degree or lead to further education in a doctoral program. Students can expect to learn research techniques as well as the job skills needed for a career.

What is an MA in Social Policy? There are many different possible tracks in this degree program, all of which are concerned with societal issues such as poverty, health, and politics. Examples of coursework include policy analysis, globalization, and research methods. Students can focus on local or international problems. It typically takes two years to earn this degree, and it commonly culminates in a thesis or dissertation on a topic applicable to the student’s focus area.

Graduates of an MA in Social Policy can develop a deeper understanding of the problems that face different societies. They also learn collaboration and negotiation, skills that impact everyday as well as professional life.

The tuition costs associated with enrolling in a Master of Arts in Social Policy are different for each school. There may also be fees for online coursework, lab work, or other optional programs. Students can contact schools of interest to learn more about the cost expectations.

There are numerous careers open to a graduate with an MA in Social Policy. Perhaps the most obvious is public or private administrators who create policies and programs. They can also become teachers, researchers, or journalists. Jobs in international relations, such as embassy liaisons, the Foreign Service, and foreign aid worker are good choices as well. This degree can even serve as an excellent background for lawyers.

There are many institutions around the world where students can earn an MA in Social Policy. For those who need flexible schedules, such as students who work full-time, there may be online options. 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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Unicaf - Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool, United Kingdom

The Master of Arts in Criminology and Social Policy is aiming to enable students to develop an advanced understanding of cutting-edge developments in the fields of criminology ... +

The Master of Arts in Criminology and Social Policy is aiming to enable students to develop an advanced understanding of cutting-edge developments in the fields of criminology and social policy, with a particular focus upon their intersection through the processes of criminalization and the workings of institutions of (in)justice; enable students to develop a critical awareness of the theoretical and empirical relationships between power and social divisions as they relate to the fields of criminology and social policy; help students develop a critical understanding of the social, political and historical processes that affect the ways in which crimes and harms are perpetrated and responded to locally, nationally and internationally; prepare students to develop critical discussion and analysis of complex concepts and to work independently and with some originality; present students with the opportunity to engage in a sustained piece of in-depth research work which demonstrates an advanced understanding and application of the methodology, method and analysis; enhance the critical, analytic, research and employability skills of students working within or aspiring to work within Criminology and Social Policy related professions. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, United Kingdom

Our online MA in Social Policy will help you understand and analyse some of the most pressing issues faced by the world today. You’ll explore how cultural, demographic, econom ... +

Our online MA in Social Policy will help you understand and analyse some of the most pressing issues faced by the world today. You’ll explore how cultural, demographic, economic, governmental, and technological changes shape social policy across the globe, and develop the skills needed to carry out social research informed by debates on methodology, epistemology, ethics, and politics. -
MA
Part-time
2 years
English
19 Sep 2022
29 Aug 2022
Online
 
Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand

The Program is designed to focus on key issues in policy for population and human development ranging from demography, population aging, migration, resources, and environment ... +

The Program is designed to focus on key issues in policy for population and human development ranging from demography, population aging, migration, resources, and environment relating to population changes, and public policy design. -
MA
Full-time
English
Aug 2022
31 May 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
Chicago, USA

SSA's Master of Arts Program in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration (SW) prepares you to be a leader in the fields of clinical social work and social adminis ... +

SSA's Master of Arts Program in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration (SW) prepares you to be a leader in the fields of clinical social work and social administration practice. Our AM degree, artium magister (master of arts), is equivalent to an MSW, but with a broader educational and experiential foundation that combines direct social work practice with policy development, interdisciplinary research, and social science theory. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York, USA

Rooted in economics and sociology, this master’s teaches you how to use statistics, data sets, and research results to formulate, implement, and evaluate educational policies ... +

Rooted in economics and sociology, this master’s teaches you how to use statistics, data sets, and research results to formulate, implement, and evaluate educational policies for grades K-12 and higher education. Gain in-demand skills and experience to craft reforms and improve the quality of education, working for educational agencies, think tanks, and nonprofit organizations. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
6 years
English
Oct 2022
Campus
 
University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Social Policy seeks to not only understand the social world but seeks to change it for the better through practical action. The MA Social Policy will entail the study of a ran ... +

Social Policy seeks to not only understand the social world but seeks to change it for the better through practical action. The MA Social Policy will entail the study of a range of social problems, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, crime and health inequalities. In doing so, you will be encouraged to consider the underlying causes and to formulate policy solutions to address specific social problems. Alongside this, the MA Social Policy programme will examine contemporary and comparative developments within social policy, so that you will be able to consider the shifting nature of welfare arrangements in a broader political, economic and social context from both the UK and global perspective. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
31 Aug 2022
Campus
 
Corvinus University of Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

This master’s program will introduce students to the theory and practice of family policies and public policies for human development. Students will learn to adopt an interdis ... +

This master’s program will introduce students to the theory and practice of family policies and public policies for human development. Students will learn to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to address complex socio-economic problems concerning the lives of families, such as a rapidly aging population and decreasing fertility trends. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Leeds, Faculty of Social Sciences
Leeds, United Kingdom

This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain an insight into policy making and its social impacts on individuals and comm ... +

This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain an insight into policy making and its social impacts on individuals and communities. Core modules explore social theories, issues and research methods relevant to social policy and welfare. You will develop core skills in critical policy analysis and policy evaluation. There are also opportunities to study and debate current policy issues, such as work and welfare, child and family policy or the challenges of ageing populations, with a focus on real-life examples. Supported by our well-known research centres and taught by expert tutors, you’ll tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. With a range of optional modules to choose from, you could pursue further advanced research skills or study complementary social topics such as disability studies, gender studies, racism and ethnicity studies, or globalisation. You’ll gain an insight into some of the most sensitive and complex social issues affecting governments worldwide. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
University of Washington Bothell
Bothell, USA

Founded in 2001, the Master of Arts in Policy Studies is designed for a small cohort of students who seek to become agents of change through policy analysis, research, and imp ... +

Founded in 2001, the Master of Arts in Policy Studies is designed for a small cohort of students who seek to become agents of change through policy analysis, research, and implementation. The policy studies curriculum enables students to develop foundational skills in policy analysis and to apply those skills in policy arenas ranging from health care and the environment to labor and human rights. -
MA
English
 
SUNY Empire State College

The Work and Labour Policy program is designed for graduate students employed by unions, business, government and schools, and people active in labour and politics.

The Work and Labour Policy program is designed for graduate students employed by unions, business, government and schools, and people active in labour and politics. -
MA
Part-time
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
SUNY Empire State College

The 30-credit Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy program draws students who are committed to social change, are open and often experienced.

The 30-credit Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy program draws students who are committed to social change, are open and often experienced. -
MA
Part-time
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online