Master of Arts in Social Policy


Program Description

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 Masters of Arts in Social Policy is a 36-credit program that includes 12 three-credit courses. There are four core courses, four electives, and four research-related courses that conclude with a final project.

Flexible Online Study

You complete your work in the Social Policy graduate program predominantly through online courses. This format provides great flexibility and interactivity, enabling you to engage with your instructor, faculty mentor, and fellow students at times that are most convenient for you. It also makes the full range of the course's academic resources available to you at any time of the day or week.

This includes all course information, discussion spaces, access to fully online library resources, and "high end" enhancements including self-assessments, simulations, and modeling (where appropriate).

Residencies: Your Chance to Network, Collaborate and Learn

Three short-term statewide residencies bring students and faculty together for two days each during the first year of study. These occur near the beginning of each of your first three terms in the program and provide learning experiences tied to the curriculum of the first year. Additionally, you may present your final project at a residency at the end of your program.

At these residencies, you have the opportunity to meet and interact with other Social Policy students from across the state and country. Residency experiences complement the online courses in those areas where individual and group interactions enhance student learning, from the development of teamwork skills to oral presentations.

Among the residency, experiences are activities such as mock legislative hearings, team development and presentations, working sessions on developing your final project and individual presentations. This blend of online courses with face-to-face interaction at these residencies has proven to be a productive approach for mature, adult learners.

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Founded in 1971, Empire State College, State University of New York, is one of the university's 13 colleges of arts and sciences, accredited by the Middle States Commision on Higher Education. We are ... Read More

Founded in 1971, Empire State College, State University of New York, is one of the university's 13 colleges of arts and sciences, accredited by the Middle States Commision on Higher Education. We are uniquely designed to serve adults pursuing associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. The college offers affordable, SUNY degrees onsite at 35 locations in New York state and abroad, as well as entirely online. You choose how, when and where you will study. When you take courses at Empire State College, you are among the 17,000 adult learners served annually by the college. We offer: Affordable SUNY tuition Degrees that can be tailored to meet your education, career, and personal goals A clear process for assessing and awarding credit for college-level learning from your work and life experience An independent study program, guided by outstanding SUNY faculty mentors, that allows you to study at your convenience "Transfer- friendly" policies Student online library and study resources In recent SUNY student surveys, Empire State College consistently ranks #1 in student satisfaction. Our online degree programs are industry leaders with more than 300 courses available. Our 53,000 graduates are proud that their degrees are current, relevant and marketable, often leading to promotions, new employment or master's degree studies. Read less
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