Masters of Arts in Social Policy

Compare 7 Master of Art Programs in Social Policy

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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MA in Global Migration and Policy

Tel Aviv University
Campus 2 years October 2018 Israel Tel Aviv-Yafo

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. [+]

MA Degrees in Social 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.... [-]


MA in Social and Public Policy

University of Leeds, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2019 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain insight into policymaking and its social impacts on individuals and communities. [+]

Overview This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain insight into policymaking 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. Research insight You’ll learn in a research-intensive, stimulating environment. As well as the Leeds Social Sciences Institute which fosters collaboration, you’ll benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and many others. All of these centres run their own calendars of events such as workshops and seminars. Course content ... [-]

MA/PGDip International Social Policy

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 9 - 24 months September 2019 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

This course equips you with the skills to understand the new challenges of our increasingly interdependent world. [+]

Overview

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? ... [-]

MA in Social Science Research (Social Policy and Social Work)

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

Primarily aimed at students following an ESRC-funded pathway onto a PhD, this course may also be suitable if you are intending to apply for +3 ESRC funding (to cover a PhD) or are interested in developing a wide range of social science research skills. It will also prepare you for research posts in academic, voluntary, private and third-sector settings. [+]

Entry requirements 2.1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject in the arts, humanities, or social sciences IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available Providing broad-based training in social science research, this course will equip you with the skills to manage a successful research career and contribute to wider society in a number of ways.

It is part of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, which recognises the importance of bringing cutting-edge expert knowledge to the heart of doctoral training.

Core modules provide a comprehensive basis to progress to advanced training in research methods. You will be able to undertake advanced subject-specific training in our areas of expertise, providing a wide range of opportunities to deepen and broaden your skills.... [-]


Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy

Duquesne University
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA Pittsburgh

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. ... [-]


Master of Arts in Social Policy

Empire State College, State University of New York
Online & Campus Combined Part time 2 years September 2019 USA Saratoga Springs

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.... [-]


MA in Migration, Society and Policy

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London UK Online + 2 more

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... [-]