MAs in Social Sciences

Compare 585 Master of Art Degrees in Social Sciences

A master’s degree is often considered the next step for students who have already earned their bachelor’s degree. A Master of Arts focuses more intensely on a specific field of study or occupation, generally in the humanities.

What is an MA in Social Sciences? Students of this degree find their courses focus on making a change in the world around them. Classes typically cover the understanding the structures of society and the ways that citizens fit into that structure, then applying that knowledge to induce positive results. Students usually participate in a mixture of independent study, collaborative projects, and professional networking when pursuing this master’s degree. From social sciences, many students branch out into specialized areas such as gender studies, sociology, and political science.

Students of the social sciences stand to gain a broad range of skills. For example, psychoanalytical skills can provide them with insight into the people around them, improving their interpersonal relationships. The skill of analyzing world events puts students in a better position to educate those around them as to these events’ significance, and the ability to understand the interactions of government and society enables them to promote positive social change.

Costs for earning an MA in Social Sciences vary widely from location to location and program to program. Because so many schools now offer online education, an online choice may have its own variations in cost as well.

As diverse as the field of social sciences is, the career opportunities open to its graduates are equally diverse. Students may choose to become psychotherapists, employing a range of approaches from traditional psychology to spiritual meditation, depending on their area of study. Other students may find themselves becoming anthropologists, using their research into humanity to promote a better future for world citizens. Still other students could become specialists in international relations, turning their knowledge to policy implementation or peacebuilding efforts between nations.

Whether the student prefers online or on-site education, schools around the world offer the chance to earn an MA in Social Sciences. To learn more, 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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Online Master of Arts in International Relations

Nottingham Trent University Online
Online Part time 2.5 years May 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Whether you’re looking to negotiate a policy for environmental change or generate solutions to global disputes, the online MA in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) can enrich your experience and unlock a world of career opportunities. [+]

Online Master of Arts in International Relations

Whether you’re looking to negotiate a policy for environmental change or generate solutions to global disputes, the online MA in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) can enrich your experience and unlock a world of career opportunities.

Flexible and engaging online learning

This 100% online MA in International Relations gives you a flexible way of gaining knowledge and exploring theories, policies and practices essential to furthering your expertise in this exciting field. Tailored to fit around your lifestyle and career, this online course can be undertaken at any time of the day. NTU is committed to offering highly relevant courses, tailored to fit around your lifestyle and career. The online master’s provides a flexible and engaging way to learn, with a number of ways to immerse you in the curriculum, including:... [-]


Master of Arts in Psychology

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Online Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles

The online Master of Arts in Psychology program from Pepperdine University provides a broad understanding of human behavior and practical knowledge of how psychological concepts can be applied to various professional settings. Students learn to assess personality and intelligence and treat mental and emotional disorders. The curriculum prepares graduates to pursue doctoral study, licensure as a clinical psychologist, or a career in the human services field. [+]

Pepperdine University offers its Master of Arts in Psychology program online, enabling students across the country to receive a Pepperdine graduate education without attending classes on campus. The online master’s in psychology program provides a comprehensive overview of psychology and allows students to develop the skills needed to assess personality and intelligence and treat mental and emotional disorders.

To earn their degree, students attend weekly online classes taught by Pepperdine faculty with diverse clinical expertise, complete intensive online coursework accessible through an online campus, and gain in-person experience volunteering at an agency near their community.... [-]


MA in Childhood and Youth Studies

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Manchester

This award provides an opportunity for both existing and aspiring professionals connected with children and young people to reflect deeply and critically on the relationship between the structures and policies offered by societies and how these interact with individuals’ self-actualisation. [+]

Overview

This award provides an opportunity for both existing and aspiring professionals connected with children and young people to reflect deeply and critically on the relationship between the structures and policies offered by societies and how these interact with individuals’ self-actualisation.

The full-time MA Childhood and Youth Studies is normally timetabled for teaching on two days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays), with additional independent, guided study requirements. As well as (30 credit) taught units of study, this course also provides opportunities to gain practical experience in UK educational contexts (via optional unit choice), and every student undertakes a (60 credit) dissertation, allowing in-depth and extended study in an area of interest and relevance.... [-]


MA in International Relations

University of Lincoln
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Lincolnshire + 1 more

The MA International Relations places considerable emphasis on advanced research methods, enabling students to hone qualitative and quantitative research skills, and supporting them in becoming confident researchers in their own right. [+]

The MA International Relations places considerable emphasis on advanced research methods, enabling students to hone qualitative and quantitative research skills, and supporting them in becoming confident researchers in their own right.

International Relations provides a critically important platform for understanding many of the key contemporary issues and debates of our times.

This Master’s degree is an interdisciplinary programme, drawing upon politics, economics, history, sociology, international law, geography and cultural studies to explore global issues such as conflict, global inequalities, sovereignty and human rights.

Students have the opportunity to examine complex political issues, such as religion and sectarianism, conflict and democratization. The programme aims to prepare students for future study and research, as well as for potential employment in areas such as the diplomatic service, development agencies, the non-government sector, journalism, consultancy, international and regional organizations, and the public sector.Students join a thriving community of scholars and may have access to a range of extracurricular activities including external speakers and overseas study trips.... [-]


Master's Program in Intercultural Encounters, Master of Arts, Master of Theology (2 years)

University of Helsinki
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Finland Helsinki

When studying in the Master’s Program in Intercultural Encounters (ICE), you will acquire critical knowledge and skills to examine complex social and cultural phenomena as applied to your thematic specialization. [+]

Goal of the pro­gram

When studying in the Master’s program in Intercultural Encounters (ICE), you will acquire critical knowledge and skills to examine complex social and cultural phenomena as applied to your thematic specialization. You will gain a profound understanding of how micro- or macro-level phenomena interact in local, international, multicultural and transnational contexts. You will learn to analyze why and how conflicts arise for various cultural, political and religious reasons, and you will gain insights into the possibilities of dialogue in conflict resolution. In addition, you will learn to communicate and evaluate information on intercultural encounters in different academic, professional and societal contexts.... [-]


Master in Human Rights Education

University of San Francisco - School of Education
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

Grounded in the practice of critical pedagogy, this program provides a dynamic learning community where students benefit from rigorous experience both in the classroom and in the community. [+]

Grounded in the practice of critical pedagogy, this program provides a dynamic learning community where students benefit from rigorous experience both in the classroom and in the community.

Program Features

The only opportunity in the US to receive a master’s degree in human rights education. Rich in-class learning experiences with expert faculty blended with opportunities for practical work in schools and community organizations in the Bay Area.

Pedagogy aimed at addressing inequities based on race, class, gender, sexual identity, religion, and nation.

OUR STUDENTS

Our students arrive at USF as educators, filmmakers, community organizers, after-school program directors, and more, eager to explore new ways of reading the world using a human rights framework.... [-]


MA in International Relations (Online)

American University - School of International Service (SIS)
Online Full time

AU’s MA in International Relations combines advanced international relations theory and methods with a concentration in Global Security & Conflict Resolution, or Sustainable International Development. [+]

The online Master of Arts in International Relations is specifically designed to provide students with a foundation in advanced international relations topics, as well as a specialization in an interdisciplinary professional field. Current concentrations include Global Security & Conflict Resolution, and Sustainable International Development. Students and faculty members interact in real-time during weekly live online classes delivered through an innovative video conferencing platform. Students are expected to complete coursework and readings in advance of these small, live discussion sessions. Through the use of innovative technologies and real-world immersive experiences, International Relations Online blends the flexibility of a global online program with the rigor, quality and classroom interaction of an on-campus experience. Students of the program benefit from:... [-]


M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA San Francisco

The Master in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program develops valuable cultural competency of the Asia Pacific region. Reflecting the diversity and innovative spirit of San Francisco, the program offers a wide range of courses in the history, literature, politics, business, and culture of Asian regions. [+]

Program Details

Our two-year, 28-unit program provides knowledge and analysis of the societies, history, literature, economics, and politics of the world's most dynamic region. The 28 credits typically consist of five to six core courses, a capstone project, and two elective courses.

Classes are held in the late afternoon or evening, Monday through Thursday, which provides students the flexibility to balance their graduate studies with work and personal responsibilities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the MAPS Program will be able to demonstrate:

an ability to apply research tools and methods to analyze critically topics within class disciplines and contemporary interdisciplinary fields of Asia Pacific Studies. an understanding of sociocultural histories and traditions, political and economic patterns of development, organizational practices and behaviors, and contemporary events as evidenced in the Asia Pacific region. oral and written proficiency in an Asian language corresponding to the fourth semester of USF undergraduate courses, or the equivalent level in languages not taught at USF. practical experience in Asia-Pacific related contexts via opportunities for academic and professional development such as internships, fieldwork, conferences, symposia, public programs, class excursions and other types of experiential learning. Program of Study ... [-]

MA in Literature – Culture – Media, Scandinavian Studies

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years 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.... [-]


Online Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Norwich University - Online
Online Full time 18 months June 2018 USA Northfield

Become a more effective communicator, thinker, and problem solver within the international system by earning your Master of Arts in Diplomacy. A unique diplomacy graduate program, 

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MASTER OF ARTS IN DIPLOMACY - ONLINE

Become a more effective communicator, thinker, and problem solver within the international system by earning your Master of Arts in Diplomacy. A unique diplomacy graduate program, Norwich University’s online Masters in Diplomacy, prepares working professionals with a broad understanding of global communications protocol and a deep knowledge of the world issues that affect international relations. Build on your political, governmental, or business expertise with a solid foundation in the theories and practice that direct international relations and political science within the international system. Become a problem solver and gain deep insight into the political, cultural and geographical complexity of the international environment. Explore the history of diplomacy, modern international economics, and the international law topics that define diplomacy in the 21st century.... [-]


MA in International Affairs

The American University of Paris
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 France Paris + 1 more

The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MIN) takes full advantage of Paris’s multicultural dimensions and central role in international economics, politics, and social issues. The program’s balance of intellectual and theoretical mastery with hands-on, project-based learning prepares you for a successful international career. [+]

The MA in International Affairs allows you to take full advantage of Paris’s central role in international economics, politics and social issues. Through this program, you will have the opportunity to supplement the rigorous coursework and professional modules with internships, fieldwork for thesis research and case study methods for thesis production.

Our faculty and staff work closely with our students to provide one-on-one intellectual mentoring and support that enables them to make a difference in the world. The MA in International Affairs provides:

-The opportunity to earn an American master’s degree in France

-A mix of practical and theoretical knowledge of international affairs, conflict resolution, and civil society development... [-]


Master of Arts in Sustainable Cultural Heritage

The American University of Rome
Campus Full time 15 months September 2018 Italy Rome

The preservation and protection of, and public/tourist access to, the world's cultural heritage is has become one of the most challenging and pressing issues for many countries across the globe. Could you help to shape and develop the new professionalism in this area and both safeguard our heritage and inspire innovative policy and practice within the field? [+]

The M.A. program in Sustainable Cultural Heritage trains graduates to face the most important challenge in the heritage industry today: its long-term viability.

Rome is at the center of debates about global heritage. With major international organizations in the city, as well as the greatest concentration of heritage monuments and works, nowhere in the world provides a better base to prepare a student for a career in this field.

Today, in order to make cultural heritage both sustainable and socially useful it is necessary to recognize the need for a multidisciplinary approach to the heritage spectrum. Those who wish to work with heritage will have to undertake many different responsibilities across many areas of expertise.... [-]


Master of Arts in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology

The Graduate Institute
Campus Full time 2 years November 2018 USA Bethany

The Master of Arts in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology is a 36-credit degree program that explores the nature, role, and development of human consciousness and transpersonal phenomena. What makes this program unique is that we have holistically integrated different perspectives into the coursework - psychological and spiritual, western and eastern, epistemological and clinical. [+]

Overview

The Master of Arts in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology is a 36-credit degree program that explores the nature, role, and development of human consciousness and transpersonal phenomena. What makes this program unique is that we have holistically integrated different perspectives into the coursework - psychological and spiritual, western and eastern, epistemological and clinical.

Students are first introduced to the historical origins and the theoretical and methodological foundations of Transpersonal Psychology. We then examine diverse theories and concepts concerning the structures and states of consciousness and the processes that may lead to transpersonal phenomena such as awakening, enlightenment, and unity consciousness. As a hands-on exercise, students themselves will engage in meditation and somatic-awareness practices aimed at re-establishing the unity of mind-body consciousness. Through these practices, students will learn to access their own intuition and embodied wisdom, as well as gaining transpersonal insights. Practices of mindfulness and presence are cornerstones of the program.... [-]


MA in Modern History and International Relations

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 Netherlands Groningen

Are you a talented student and interested in modern history and international relations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this track is exactly what you are looking for. [+]

Are you a talented student and interested in modern history and international relations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this track is exactly what you are looking for.

You can take the Master's track in Modern History and International Relations as a track within the Research Master's degree programme in History or the Research Master's degree programme in International Relations.

The two-year Master's track in Modern History and International Relations teaches you to carry out independent academic research in the fields of modern history and international relations. You will explore recent developments in these fields and study relevant theoretical and methodological backgrounds. You will learn about subjects such as the international political economy, the history of cultural identity and European cooperation and integration.... [-]


MA in Comparative Studies in History and Society

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Turkey İstanbul

The non-thesis MA program in Comparative Studies in History and Society combines the strengths of the sociology and history departments of Koç University in an interdisciplinary Master of Arts (M.A.) program. The program serves a growing need in Turkey for interdisciplinary graduate programs in the social sciences. [+]

MA in Comparative Studies in History and Society

The non-thesis MA program in Comparative Studies in History and Society combines the strengths of the sociology and history departments of Koç University in an interdisciplinary Master of Arts (M.A.) program. The program serves a growing need in Turkey for interdisciplinary graduate programs in the social sciences.Students are trained in the fields of historical transformations concerning state and society as well as social inequalities. The courses will prepare students for both future Ph.D. programs and careers in research and policy-related positions in governmental and non-governmental organizations by providing the basic background in the historical analyses of current-day societal Dynamics.... [-]