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.
The M.A. in Global Migration and Policy is an interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that offers students the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around migration and policy. [+]
The M.A. in Global Migration and Policy is an interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that offers students the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around migration and policy. The program is designed for passionate students with strong educational backgrounds, professional drive and, preferably, previous professional or activist experience. Students are first exposed to the main theoretical perspectives and subsequently to the professionally-oriented principles of migration. Led by scholars and practitioners in the field of migration, topics covered in the courses include immigration and citizenship policies; legal and ethical perspectives on refuge and asylum; the labor market integration of immigrants; the challenges of social integration and ethnic identification of the “second generation”; marginalization and discrimination; migration and the environment; and best practices in international development and humanitarian aid, among other subjects. Students gain hands-on experience through fieldwork and are able to specialize in areas of migration according to their personal preferences.... [-]
This course equips you with the skills to understand the new challenges of our increasingly interdependent world. [+]
This course equips you with the skills to understand the new challenges of our increasingly interdependent world.
It is no longer possible to study national social policies in isolation. Global interconnections are multiplying and intensifying across a range of fields, including economics, politics and the natural environment. This course provides an introduction to comparative social policy and recent developments in welfare reforms from around the world.
Social policy is concerned with questions such as:How can we create a good society? How much money should we spend on welfare services? Is the current distribution of income and wealth socially just? Should we be charged individually for using welfare services? Should free markets and profit motives play a central role in service delivery? What are the causes and consequences of poverty? ... [-]
This master's degree offers a contemporary and interdisciplinary focus on migration and related socio-political and policy issues, combining theoretical, methodological and practice-oriented training relevant to a number of career routes in academia, policymaking, the public sector, the community sector, and NGOs. [+]
This master's degree offers a contemporary and interdisciplinary focus on migration and related socio-political and policy issues, combining theoretical, methodological and practice-oriented training relevant to a number of career routes in academia, policymaking, the public sector, the community sector, and NGOs.
It features a wide range of study options from disciplines such as law, politics, and sociology, as well as incorporating opportunities to undertake field trips, placements and internships, both locally and internationally.
Upon completion of the programme, you will:
Have the theoretical and methodological means to explore critically the different aspects of migration studies... [-]
The Policy Center awards a Master of Arts degree in Social and Public Policy with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Administration or Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. [+]
Duquesne University and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy is offering a special 25 percent tuition and fee award to incoming graduate students in our program.
The Policy Center awards a Master of Arts degree in Social and Public Policy with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Administration or Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.
The Master of Arts degree comprises 36 credits (12 courses), which generally require two academic years of full-time study (nine credit-hours per semester). All M.A. students take "Research Methods" and "Values, Ethics and Policy" and write either a three-credit thesis or an enhanced research paper. The remaining credits are in a concentration and elective courses. Up to six approved credits from another institution may count toward the degree. ... [-]
The Master of Arts in Social Policy is designed for practitioners, managers, and administrators in public and private, for-profit and non-profit sectors who want to learn more about how to make either governmental or organizational policy more effective. [+]
The Master of Arts in Social Policy is designed for practitioners, managers, and administrators in public and private, for-profit and non-profit sectors who want to learn more about how to make either governmental or organizational policy more effective.
Students in the Social Policy graduate program are frequently involved in or interested in understanding and improving policies that impact the working lives of fellow employees, the lives of those their organizations serve, and their communities.
In this program, you build skills in policymaking, implementation, and analysis and develop a greater understanding of the connections among federal, state, local and organizational policies and policy processes.... [-]
The programme covers a wide range of social research philosophies, strategies, techniques and issues, and is based on the integration of theory and practice. [+]
Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Our MA in Social Research provides the training that all ESRC-funded PhD students must undertake in Year One.
If you want...a critical understanding of social research strategies… familiarity with the relationships between research, practice and policy… to develop specialist knowledge in quantitative and qualitative methods… to create a portfolio of 'hands-on' methodological skills and competencies… embark upon academic PhD research or policy-focused research in a social research institute or government agency…
…then MA Social Research is the programme for you.
MA in Social Research at Leeds provides in-depth academic training in social research.... [-]