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A Master of Arts in Social Sciences can be the key to a variety of high-powered careers. This flexible degree gives you the skills you need to pursue a future in criminology, social work, politics and many other exciting areas.

 

What is an MA in Social Sciences? This topic of study encompasses a number of different specialties. The social sciences are a very broad area encompassing subjects as diverse as anthropology, sociology and urban studies. Anything that involves the study of human beings and their social behavior is part of this field. As part of an MA program in social sciences, you will have the opportunity to specialize in global analysis, contemporary theories of social science, psychology or women’s studies, to name just a few options. The MA program normally concludes with an in-depth thesis on an individually chosen topic of interest.

 

There are many benefits to earning a Master of Arts in Social Sciences. If you plan to go on to a PhD program in one of the social sciences, this degree can give you the foundation for more detailed studies. Many graduates find high-paying careers in politics, social research, demographics and other such fields.

 

An MA in Social Sciences doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. While costs vary from school to school, there are many accelerated programs and work-study programs that enable students to meet their financial needs.

 

After earning an MA in Social Sciences, you can look forward to a broad selection of career options. Some graduates become teachers or go on to pursue further study in the academic world while other graduates work for non-governmental organizations, international aid groups, security organizations and other prestigious employers. This program of study gives you critical thinking skills and a global perspective that can pay off many times over in today’s competitive job market.

 

You can start pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Sciences today. 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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13 Results in Social Science Studies

University of Amsterdam

The Master's in Literature, Culture and Society draws on the fields of literature, cultural studies and intellectual history, and provides you with the knowledge and skil ... [+]

The Master's in Literature, Culture and Society draws on the fields of literature, cultural studies and intellectual history, and provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to specialise in a major European literature in its broader intercultural contexts.

Literature and culture from a global European perspective

For centuries, literature has played – and continues to play – an important role in our understanding of how society is continuously being shaped and re-shaped. Literature is often associated with intellectual training and skills, Bildung, and (global) citizenship. In this programme, you are encouraged to creatively explore the field of European literature and culture in a broad sense. We address the role these pieces of literature play in increasingly globalised and transcultural contexts. Europe, in this sense, is not just a designated continent, but rather a specific lens on a set of global relations.... [-]

Netherlands Amsterdam
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 months
Campus
University of Johannesburg

Students are required to complete a course on SIA methodologies, advanced social research (ASR) as well as a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students a ... [+]

Students are required to complete a course on SIA methodologies, advanced social research (ASR) as well as a minor dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. Students also acquire SPSS skills and competencies.

Admission requirements

An Honours Degree in one of the following subjects: Sociology, Industrial Sociology, Geography, Philosophy, Historical Studies, Development Studies, Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Politics, Public Governance, Social Work and Economics.

If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department.

Contact details

Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

This new programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts. You will explore key them ... [+]

Overview

Duration: 2 years

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: Online

What are the challenges faced by Muslim minority communities and their host societies? What are the debates surrounding the place of religious minorities in secular societies?

Recent political shifts in Muslim majority countries have put Muslim minorities in the spotlight and impacted upon their relationship with their host societies. This programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts.

You will explore the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities and the key themes of:... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
April 2019
Full-time
2 years
Online
London South Bank University

Part-time Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Diploma (PgDip) or Masters (MA) course in Housing Studies; aimed at those looking to work in Housing or already working in Ho ... [+]

PgCert/PgDip/MA Housing Studies is a professionally-oriented course that will extend your professional knowledge and ability to perform at a senior level in the housing and housing-related professions.

Good quality housing is one of the most basic necessities in producing thriving communities and ensuring the health and well-being of individuals, so the job market around housing provides plenty of opportunities to graduates.

Top reasons to study this course Unique offering: The only Housing Studies programme offering both an undergraduate and Masters programme in the South East region. CIH accredited: Full professional accreditation. Employment-focused: Develops the knowledge and skills required to work as a professional in practice. Employer links: The team works closely with employers on placements, teaching and more. Flexible: Study options include both full and part-time. Expert academics: Dedicated, passionate and experienced academics. ... [-]
United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of Lethbridge

The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major in the Master of Arts (MA) program is interdisciplinary within the humanities and social sciences and is based on a coho ... [+]

About

The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major in the Master of Arts (MA) program is interdisciplinary within the humanities and social sciences and is based on a cohort learning model that fosters an environment of interdisciplinary engagement and exchange, research, peer mentoring, collaboration among a small group of students, within a team-based learning experience.

The overall academic aims of the major are to emphasize social, cultural, and political thought and to install the intellectual and practical tools to work successfully with community partners and agencies to facilitate social change. Students graduating from the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major will demonstrate a range of professional skills (e.g., peer review, public presentations, critical thinking) and research competencies. Graduates are capable of producing novel, relevant, and rigorous research that makes significant contributions to interdisciplinary knowledge.... [-]

Canada Lethbridge
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
24 - 48 months
Campus
Middlesex University London

The use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco has become a major concern for most governments across the world. This has resulted in increasing international and European collabo ... [+]

This master's degree is designed for those who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of these drug and alcohol issues, including policies and interventions, within a comparative context. It is relevant to policymakers and practitioners, and to students and researchers working in, associated with, or preparing to enter this field.

Over the course of the programme, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to investigate and analyse drug and alcohol use, problem use, addiction, and their responses, from a multi-disciplinary and cross-national perspective.

The master is being run jointly by four universities: Middlesex University; Aarhus University (Denmark); University del Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogardo" (Italy); and Universitas Miguel Hernandez de Elche-Alicante (Spain). With access to a group of European teachers and students, you will have opportunities to share research findings as well as experiences and personal knowledge about your own countries. You will also have the chance to study in partner universities or undertake placements in Europe and international agencies and gain career development through utilising work-based learning approaches and internships.... [-]

United Kingdom London UK Online
August 2019
Part-time
Campus
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

The MA program in Environment and Society aims to critically examine the interrelationships between humans and their environment. We seek to understand how people and com ... [+]

The MA program in Environment and Society aims to critically examine the interrelationships between humans and their environment. We seek to understand how people and communities view and transform the world around them, and are in turn shaped materially and culturally by their environments. This program encompasses research areas that includei) Development and Progress,ii) Rights, Equity, and Justice, andiii) Ecology and Resilience.We use transdisciplinary methods and perspectives drawn from the natural and social sciences to approach and navigate complex contemporary nature-society issues. Ultimately, we aim towards imagining, conceiving and designing for healthy societies and ecosystems that are well-integrated, adaptable, and sustainable.... [-]

India Bengaluru
July 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Groningen

Why do some posts go viral on social media and others do not? How can social media analysis be used in business and policy decisions? How do platforms like Facebook chang ... [+]

About

Why do some posts go viral on social media and others do not? How can social media analysis be used in business and policy decisions? How do platforms like Facebook change how we live and do business?

This MA programme offers a critical exploration of social media within contemporary networked societies and trains students to work with (big) data in a responsible way. Social media have changed the fabric of everyday life and society. This has had important implications for how we inform ourselves, with whom we connect and in which ways, how we organize our daily lives, and how we perform as citizens. Knowledge of the ways these quickly emerging communication infrastructures are fundamentally transforming society is indispensable. At a time when intensive data-gathering and analysis is key for companies and governments, this MA programme’s theoretical approach to social media and their data-driven impact on society helps students in understanding and reflecting on critical issues in order to respond to current societal transformations. From a practical perspective, students are trained to investigate social media data in the context of social, political and economic change.... [-]

Netherlands Groningen
September 2019
Full-time
18 months
Campus
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

In the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership program, you will learn the scholarly theories and practical tools to implement institutional changes that promote diversity and ... [+]

In the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership program, you will learn the scholarly theories and practical tools to implement institutional changes that promote diversity and foster inclusivity. To be an effective leader in diversity and inclusion, you must understand the social contexts and psychological processes that result in implicit bias, discrimination, and marginalization. Illustration of diverse people with talk bubbles.

Organizations are increasingly creating roles such as chief diversity officers, diversity managers, consultants, educational administrators, human resources, and/or college admissions professionals that can transform their communities. At Tufts, you’ll become the strong, informed, skilled leader that can help create more inclusive organizations.... [-]

USA Medford
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

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 socie ... [+]

Overview

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.

You will develop the following skills, and the ability to apply them to practical research contexts:

Comprehension of the principles of research design and strategy, including an understanding of how to formulate research questions for empirical investigation Appreciation of alternative approaches to research Understanding of a broad range of research methods (including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) and the use of appropriate software for their application Advanced research skills and techniques relevant to your field of study Research management techniques, including data management, and conducting and disseminating research in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics Understanding of the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design, and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques Solid grounding in the basics of probability and a critical understanding of the scientific method and the nature of reflexivity Application of good ethical practice across the entire research process ... [-]
United Kingdom Nottingham
October 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Friedensau Adventist University

The Master of Arts in International Social Sciences (MA ISS) is an interdisciplinary study program that prepares students for a career in international social management. ... [+]

Master of Arts in International Social Sciences

The Master of Arts in International Social Sciences (MA ISS) is an interdisciplinary study program that prepares students for a career in international social management. It allows students to specialise in professional career options such as professional employment as experts in international social management, development cooperation, disaster response and humanitarian aid, planning, management and evaluation of sustainable development projects, working with the rights-based approach in the United Nations human rights system, managing anti-poverty programs with civil society organizations, engagement in non-violent conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, and active participation in various areas of Global Governance.... [-]

Germany Möckern
October 2019
Full-time
4 - 6 semesters
Campus
The New School

Through the Liberal Studies program, you will critically explore and intensively examine the core issues of our time. The MA in Liberal Studies offers practical writing t ... [+]

The New School is a progressive university in New York City where scholars, artists, and designers come together to challenge convention and create positive change. Founded in 1919, the university consists of Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the College of Performing Arts, The New School for Social Research, and numerous renowned graduate programs. The New School’s rigorous, multidimensional approach to education gives students the academic freedom to shape their unique, individual paths of study for a complex and rapidly changing world.

About

The program's core courses will ground you in the history of ideas and in the practice of sustained writing, while you develop an intellectual peer community. From there, you can branch out, taking advantage of the rich offerings and distinguished faculty of The New School. Work with both a faculty advisor and a student advisor to create a robust pathway tailored to your individual needs and academic ambitions. We offer a rich selection of courses with world-class professors who can extend your command of critical theory, the history of ideas, aesthetics, philosophy, politics, anthropology, media theory - wherever your curiosity takes you. Courses are available in both the daytime and the evening to fit into even the busiest schedule.... [-]

USA New York
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Campus
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego

Leading social change is hard work that requires innovative vision backed by entrepreneurial skills and a deep understanding of the problem at hand. Students pursuing a M ... [+]

Now Accepting Applications

Spotting the need for change isn't hard and it is possible to make a difference; all you need is a passion for social change and the skills necessary to put your ideas into action. Leading social change is hard work that requires innovative vision backed by entrepreneurial skills and a deep understanding of the problem at hand. Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI) look critically at the roots of social challenges and injustice, then seek to create real change through bold new responses to poverty, inequality, human rights abuses and humanitarian crises.

No other master's degree brings together the unique skills and expertise gained at a peace school in collaboration with leadership, humanities, science, and business. ... [-]
USA San Diego
August 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus