Master of Science Programs in Area studies

Compare 25 MSc Programs in Area studies

Area studies

It’s said that knowledge is power. Exactly what kind of power that may be is up to you. If you’re hoping to translate all that you learned during your undergraduate studies into a successful career, then furthering your education with a Master of Science (MSc) degree can be a powerful tool in doing so.

Many may wonder, what is an MSc in Area Studies? For those that have a deep love and appreciation for a certain geographical region of the world, an area studies programs offers them the chance to extend their knowledge of the region through coursework devoted to the area’s cultural, economic, artistic and political history. Current events are also examined, as is the area’s future role in globalization.

Regional governments, municipalities, and private organizations are always on the lookout for people who know and understand the areas in which they operate. An MSc not only shows that you know the area, but that you’re also dedicated enough to expand that knowledge through education. That dedication is often just what employers are looking for in prospective employees.

 

The costs of continuing your education through grad school will vary depending upon the particulars of the program you’re pursuing and/or the area in which it’s located. For concerns about the affordability of such a program, talk to a counselor about pursuing financial aid.

A Master’s Degree in Area Studies can open a lot of doors to career opportunities in a number of different sectors, including education, tourism, city planning, and linguistics. If you’re looking to help people to better understand the uniqueness of the area around them, and how they can find their way in such an area, this field of study is for you.

Many may feel that continuing their education comes at the expense of their careers. Yet with online coursework, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re looking to pursue your graduate degree online, you’ll find that there are a number of opportunities available to you. Just 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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Extended MSc International Business

Ulster University, London & Birmingham Campuses
Campus Full time 16 months September 2018 United Kingdom London Birmingham + 1 more

The Extended MSc International Business integrates the Graduate Certificate programme with our standard MSc International Business programme to allow entry for students with qualifications equivalent to a standard degree (third class, pass or ordinary). [+]

Extended MSc in International Business (Pre-Masters)

Level of study: Pre-Masters

Tuition fees 2018/19:

UK/EU – £6,500 International – £15,500 (London), £13,750 (Birmingham)

Entry requirements: A third class, pass or ordinary degree, or equivalent

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 with no component less than 5.5, or equivalent

Mode of study: Full-time classroom - daytime, or evening and weekend options (subject to eligibility)

Duration: 16 months

Assessment method: Coursework (may include class tests)

Student finance: Available

Locations: London and Birmingham

Start dates: January, May, September

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Master of European Politics and Policies (Leuven et al)

KU Leuven: Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

This program combines academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policy-making and administration within Europe, with a concern for the practical challenges professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions face at the sub-state, state, and EU level. MEPP has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European Countries on the other hand. [+]

This program combines academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policy-making and administration within Europe, with a concern for the practical challenges professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions face at the sub-state, state, and EU level. MEPP has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European Countries on the other hand.

What is the Master of European Politics and Policies all about?

Looking for a career in the ever-growing field of European public administration and European organizations? The advanced MSc in European Politics and Policies (MEPP) program is your foot in the door.... [-]


MSc in European Integration

Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

An evening programme about the EU on the doorstep of its main institutions. That’s in a nutshell how we could describe the MSc in European Integration, a 60 ECTS Advanced Master at the VUB's Institute for European Studies, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Brussels. We’ve updated the curriculum in 2017 to offer you the choice to study 2 policy field specialisations, which will be mentioned on your degree. You have the flexibility to obtain this Advanced Master degree in 1 or 2 years. It’s a very international programme and has a balanced classroom mix of young professionals and full-time students. [+]

The EuroMaster is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English geared towards an international range of young and mid-level professionals as well as advanced students from across the political sciences. It provides students with advanced academic training across a wide range of EU policies and concepts in order to gain a thorough understanding of the process of European integration in both its economic and political dimensions.

The Programme operates as a “Master after Master”, requiring students to have strong and consistent marks across a minimum of 4 years of study.

What can I study?

The EuroMaster offers a common core of 4 courses (21 ECTS) on the essential features of European Integration:... [-]


MSc Arab World Studies - Language Based (LBAS)

Durham University
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom Durham

The MSc Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims: [+]

Description

The MSc in Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims:

The programme is designed to establish a cadre of exceptional researchers, qualified at the Masters level, with skills and knowledge sufficient for the conduct of research in and on the Arab World.

To recruit students of high calibre who have not previously completed any substantive research training and who have few or no Arabic language skills.

To provide generic training in research methods and methodologies to provide a foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research and transferable skills that all students in the social sciences require as deemed appropriate for ESRC recognition.... [-]


Master in European Governance

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Utrecht

The Master in European Governance is a unique double-degree programme offered in partnership with Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) and the University of Konstanz (Germany). As a student in this programme, you will study and live in two different European locations. This will allow you to experience European governance from two different perspectives in the context of a uniquely personal experience. [+]

The Master’s programme in European Governance explores pressing concerns facing Europe today:

How can we regulate financial markets in crisis? How can we make the transition to a green economy and sustainable forms of energy? Will reforms to welfare states foster economic growth, and if so, how do we approach these reforms? What are the emerging patterns of intelligence sharing and law enforcement within the context of cross-border policing? Are European countries becoming more similar and homogeneous because of the EU? Does the EU unify us as equals or undermine democracy?

These are amongst the most important questions facing Europe today. Each issue involves activities at the local, national, and European level, and each requires insight into the fields of economics, law, and public administration. The interdisciplinary Master’s programme in European Governance will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and to formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. Our programme prepares you to deal with and work within the framework of European governance – both in Brussels and at home.... [-]


MSc in European Studies

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

This two-year interdisciplinary master in European Studies offers tailor-made training for a career that requires strong research competences, for example in academia or in a think tank, in politics or journalism. Choose your own study and research specialisation (Europe and the World, Governance and Representation in Europe or Historicising European Union) and graduation package (Double Degree with Cologne University, study abroad or a research internship). [+]

Do you want to broaden your knowledge of European politics and policies in a programme that combines the study of political science with international relations, history and sociology? Are you ambitious, with a keen motivation to pursue a career that requires strong research competencies, such as in a think tank or in academia, or jobs in politics and journalism? And are you interested in being part of a small, close-knit community of students and researchers? If so, the two-year interdisciplinary European Studies programme is the right choice for you.

Choose a study specialisation (year 1): Europe and the World / Governance and Representation in Europe / Historicising European Union. Choose a graduation package (year 2): Double Degree / Study Abroad / Research Internship. ... [-]

Master of Science in European and Global Studies

University of Padova
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Italy Padua

The course is aimed at providing students with conceptual, analytical and methodological tools which will enable them to understand political, social and cultural processes and develop and manage projects at the European and global level. [+]

The course is aimed at providing students with conceptual, analytical and methodological tools which will enable them to understand political, social and cultural processes and develop and manage projects at the European and global level.

Available places: European candidates: unlimited; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 50 (1 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project) Course description

EGoS is a Master’s degree completely taught in English to train the future leading class who will be working in European and global politics, administration and communication.

Students acquire knowledges, competences, methods and tools to understand political, social and cultural processes, to develop and manage projects at the European and international levels. They learn to effectively intervene in multi-actor and multi-level settings through innovative, critical and interdisciplinary approaches and the cross-fertilization of ideas and practices.... [-]


Master's Degree Program in Public Choice, M.Soc.Sc.

University of Tampere
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Tampere

Economic approaches to political questions [+]

Apply between 4 December 2018 and 23 January 2019

Degree: Master of Social Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2018 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 €/year

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Will politicians advance public interest? How do lobbies affect governance? What policies will best provide collective goods? This program is designed to teach students to use economic tools to address these types of social science problems. Issues examined involve strategic behavior ranging from institution design, policy design and implementation to decision-making. North American Studies program in Public Choice is a quantitative social science program.... [-]


MSc in European Affairs

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Lund

This Master's programme in European Affairs offers a unique combination of courses, covering topics such as European governance, EU law, EU negotiations, Europe and international political economy and the EU common foreign and security policy. [+]

Programme overview

As the first European Affairs programme in Sweden (established in 1994), we offer a unique combination of courses, covering such topics as European governance, EU law, EU negotiations, Europe and international political economy and the EU common foreign and security policy. In addition to getting a theoretical understanding of the topic, we also enable you to bridge theory to practice by taking the opportunity to do a 10-week internship course at an organisation of your choice. Students currently enrolled in the programme have internships at the European Commission and in various organisations involved in consultation efforts and lobbying activities in Brussels.

In addition to being part of a dynamic and international student group, you will be taught by teachers who are active researchers in their own fields of expertise. They are also highly-trained educators who utilise modern teaching strategies and assessment techniques. Many of the teachers have experience of working as practitioners with European integration issues.... [-]


MSc in Asian Studies

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Lund

The aim of this transdisciplinary Master's programme in Asian Studies is to provide you with advanced knowledge about current issues in Asia. You gain expertise in contemporary Asian societies and are able to specialise in a region or a theme. [+]

Programme overview

The Master’s programme in Asian Studies at Lund University is a popular programme and our students appreciate the truly international milieu with fellow students from a great number of nations and teachers who are established experts on Asia in different disciplines in the social sciences.

The aim of this transdisciplinary programme is to provide our students with advanced knowledge about current issues in Asia. Students gain expertise in contemporary Asian societies and are able to specialise, based on the regional, thematic and disciplinary focus they choose. Most of our students carry out fieldwork in an Asian country of their choice. The students have the option of taking our applied fieldwork course at one of our partner universities in Asia.... [-]


MSc Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Students taking the Central Asia Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Central Asia. Development issues in Central Asia are a major focus of NGO and international organisations that work in Central Asia. SOAS' recognised strengths in this area, including the establishment of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, makes this a unique and exciting opportunity for those interested in Central Asia. [+]

MSc Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Central Asia Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).... [-]


MSc Development Studies (Contemporary India Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Students taking the Contemporary India Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Contemporary India. Development issues in Contemporary India are a major focus of NGO and international organisations that work in India. SOAS' recognised strengths in this area, including the establishment of the SOAS South Asia Institute, makes this a unique and exciting opportunity for those interested in Contemporary India. [+]

MSc Development Studies (Contemporary India Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Contemporary India Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).... [-]


MSc Development Studies (Palestine Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Students taking the Palestine Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Palestine. Development issues in Palestine are a major focus of NGO and international organisations that work in the Middle East. SOAS' recognised strengths in this area, including the establishment of the Centre for Palestine Studies, makes this a unique and exciting opportunity for those interested in Palestine. [+]

MSc Development Studies (Palestine Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).... [-]


MSc African Politics

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa. The MSc African Politics is a regional specialist MSc, aiming to provide students with a detailed specialist understanding of both domestic and international politics (and of the implications of one for the other) in Africa. At Masters level, there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write substantial papers that often require significant independent work. [+]

MSc African Politics

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) Students usually complete their core modules in Year 1, and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

The Department of Politics and International Studies offers seven linked masters programmes in politics and the international politics of Asia and Africa.... [-]


MSc Politics Of China

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MSc covers China’s domestic and international politics, and the historical and theoretical issues through the Chinese Politics courses of State and Society in the Chinese Political process (domestic politics), China and International Politics (international relations) and Taiwan’s Politics and Cross-Strait Relations. Each China Politics course combines empirical and theoretical material in a historically sensitive manner. [+]

MSc Politics Of China

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time.

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

China has the world’s biggest population and the second largest economy in the world. As part of the BRICS and a BASIC group, China has a large impact in world affairs: understanding China is increasingly becoming essential to understanding the world. Politics and International Relations of China provide a fascinating opportunity to examine issues and themes in modern politics. From dynastic rule to the fall of the Qing, unequal treaties and their legacies in the form of Hong Kong and Macau, China offers an example for examining and analyzing long-standing questions of territory, border, identity and sovereignty. From these historical origins to the more recent ‘Rise of China’, the buzzword of the 21st Century, this MSc degree brings together elements required to fully appreciate and understand China’s rise, its origins, and its current position in the world.... [-]