Public Affairs and Social Sciences Graduate Programs
Whether you are interested in serving your community as a whole or counseling individuals Public Affairs and Social Sciences Graduate Programs offer an array of fascinating academic disciplines. Public Affairs programs are concerned with issues such as policy development and analysis, economics and government, public health and concerns of society. Social science is focused on society and the relationships between people within their society.
Choosing to earn a graduate degree in any of the Public Affairs and Social Sciences fields may give you the opportunity to research, refine your knowledge, improve your analytical and leadership skills to take you to the next level of study or career.
Public Affairs and Social Sciences Graduate Programs: Basics
Public Affairs and Social Sciences Graduate Degree Programs are available as graduate certificates, masters and doctorate degrees. Graduate level education often requires completion of an internship and thesis or dissertation, depending on the level of study. Each Public Affairs and Social Sciences Graduate degree offers more advanced and in-depth study, and a curriculum appropriate to that subject and could require a specific undergraduate degree.
Types Of Graduate Degrees and Programs
There are many types of Public Affairs and Social Sciences Graduate degrees to choose from. Choose your subject from the directory on the left to help narrow down your selection or browse some popular subjects below:
- Counseling Psychology
- Educational & School Psychology
- Emergency Management
- Environmental Management
- Human Services
- Non-Profit Administration
- Political Science
- Public Administration & Policy
- Public Health
- Social Work
Masters Degrees: If you are approaching grad school with an undergraduate degree, a masters program typically provides an opportunity to concentrate on an area of interest. Choose your subject from the directory to review listings in that category. For instance, if you select public Administration and Policy, some of the listings might include: Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Public Policy and Administration: Concentration in Social Change Leadership.
Doctorate Degrees: Going further, doctorate Public Affairs and Social Sciences programs tend to be research-focused and/or clinical practice degrees such as the PhD or Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology.
Graduate CertificatesPost-master’s graduate certificates allow grads to fine tune specific skill-sets and may be attractive to currently working students as a way to boost credentials. Some of your many options may include: Graduate Certificate in Public Administration, Advanced Conflict Resolution Practice Graduate Certificate, Counseling, 6th year and Graduate Certificate of Completion in Human Factors Psychology.
DID YOU KNOW?
Coursework in statistics, program management and policy analysis is considered helpful if you aspire to work in social and community services management[i]
Choosing a Public Affairs and Social Sciences Graduate Program Format
Once you've narrowed down your subject selection, select your format type. Most programs are offered either online, on-campus or as a hybrid. Hybrid is sometimes referred to as partially online as there are some onsite requirements but most of the courses are offered remotely. Another great way to find graduate schools with the type of social science or public affairs graduate degree you seek is by location. Use the city, state or country tabs for a full selection of colleges and universities in your preferred area.
Both Program and Institutional accreditation are important, and should play a role in selecting a graduate program in social sciences or public affairs. There are different agencies committed to this process. You can check the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)[iii]. In the case of Public Affairs Graduate Programs, you can also check with NASPPA[iv]
Sources: [i] bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm | [ii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_science | [iii] chea.org/public_info/index.asp| [iv] accreditation.naspaa.org
Take the Next Step
Whether you are interested in the behavioral and social sciences, want to specialize in neuroscience, gerontology or public policy, a graduate degree may help shape your future professional life. Public Affairs Social Science Graduate programs offer you the opportunity to move away from more generalized study, and potentially prepare you for a bright future in any number of possible career paths.
Sacred Heart UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 07, 2019
Take your practice to the next level, without compromising your schedule,with SHU's online MSW in Clinical Practice program. You could strengthen your ability to assess and assist your clients,while preparing for the Licensed Master of Social Work exam...
- Fairfield, CT
Lewis UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 14, 2019
Customize your online MA in Organizational Leadership degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. This concentration is tailored to offer training in people-focused strategies, tools and skills as well as how to apply them to nonprofits.
Purdue UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 07, 2019
Purdue's, CEPH accredited online MPH pulls from the University's research expertise to present a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to design and implement effective public health programs in a changing world.
American UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 09, 2019
American University's online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) program combines our School of Public Affairs' top-ranked, nationally recognized and NASPAA-accredited MPA and MPP degree programs...
Winthrop UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 07, 2019
Winthrop's CSWE-accredited, online MSW program offers an empowerment focused curriculum designed to prepare you to improve lives and communities as a specialized social worker. 60 credit Traditional and 39 credit Advanced Standing options are available.
Antioch UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 07, 2019
Antioch University’s online MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling allows you to channel your passion for helping others into a meaningful and rewarding career as a mental health counselor.
Southern New Hampshire UniversityUpcoming Start Date: December 17, 2018
SNHU's online MBA in Economics combines micro- and macro-economics, statistics and managerial economics with a traditional MBA core. Develop the big picture view you need to connect the dots between local and global economic forces and their impa...
Northcentral UniversityUpcoming Start Date: November 19, 2018
As the world’s population continues to age, the demand will continue for individuals trained in gerontology. The Gerontology specialization is designed to train you in working with older adults and their families. Coursework in this program pre...
University of Louisville
Louisville's 100% online MSSW program helps students earn a social work degree on their schedule. Online courses culminate in a practicum completed at a site of choice. Multiple specialties and an Advanced Standing track are available.
Widener UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 14, 2019
Widener University's online Master of Social Work (MSW) is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). It prepares you to improve both your life and the lives of others through clinical social work and social justice.
Our Lady of the Lake UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 14, 2019
As one of only three MSW programs focused on the Hispanic population, OLLU's CSWE accredited, online Master of Social Work program offers busy adults the unique opportunity to prepare to serve this fast growing demographic at all stages of life.
University of Denver
Want a career in management for a government, nonprofit or community organization? The public administration program can help you achieve just that.
St. John's UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 23, 2019
Online MPH from St. John's University prepares you to become a community health leader. You will learn to plan, implement and evaluate projects and interventions; acquire valuable real-world experience with expert faculty and fieldwork.
Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaUpcoming Start Date: January 07, 2019
This program combines government and nonprofit perspectives for a comprehensive outlook and broad-based training in public administration. Affordable and convenient, it prepares students to act as authentic and ethical leaders in a challenging public...
- Winona, MN
- Rochester, MN
- Minneapolis, MN
Loyola University Chicago
Develop linguistic competence and cultural awareness to help Spanish-speaking clients thrive by earning a Bilingual Masters in Social Work online. This unique MSW is taught primarily in Spanish and focuses in Health/Mental Health and Migration Studies.
- Chicago, IL
Seton Hall UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 14, 2019
The online M.P.A. in Non-Profit Management from Seton Hall University provides a foundation in all aspects of public administration required to serve as an effective leader or manager of a non-profit or government organization.
- South Orange, NJ
- Portland, ORPortland, OR
University of Western States
he SPP EdD curriculum helps students complete coursework requirements to become licensed professional counselors (LPC) and Certified Consultants through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP).
Eastern Kentucky University
All students in the Master of Science in Safety, Security & Emergency Management - Concentration in School Safety online degree program will take 6 core courses during their first year. These courses will focus on various topics such as safety, s...
Johns Hopkins UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 02, 2019
The MS in Applied Economics Program develops skill in economic reasoning, and in constructing and estimating economic models through the use of econometrics and other quantitative techniques.
- Baltimore, MD
University of Hartford
The online MS in Organizational Psychology program aims to address critical leadership skills required to enhance organizational effectiveness.
- West Hartford, CT
Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education prepares students for teaching undergraduate courses at the 2-year or 4-year institution in both ground and online modalities.