California 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.
Our Masters in Social Work focuses on the impact of trauma, a leading factor in mental health, and other social-emotional issues that affect quality of life.
Northcentral University’s Master of Science Health Psychology provides you with an understanding of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors that affect both health and illness. The specialized knowledge gained in this p...
- South El Monte, CASouth El Monte, CA
California State University, Northridge
Join the largest MPA program in California and the third-largest in the nation. Graduate with a network!...
- Glendale, CA
- Norwalk, CA
- Northridge, CA
- San Luis Obispo, CASan Luis Obispo, CA
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
The Master of Science in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) is an applied, comprehensive, and professionally-based program that is open to students with high standards of academic achievement who wish to pursue careers in city and regional planning.
- San Luis Obispo, CA
- San Bernardino, CASan Bernardino, CA
The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program offered by Argosy University is designed to educate and train those currently working or seeking to work in fields utilizing the practice of forensic psychology.
- San Bernardino, CA
- Orange, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Alameda, CA
- Costa Mesa, CACosta Mesa, CA
The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Program equips its students to serve with excellence as Christian mental health professionals by providing rigorous academic training, guided professional development, and integrative faith-based learning i...
- Costa Mesa, CA
California Institute of Integral Studies
The Integral and Transpersonal Psychology PhD offers a part-time online doctoral degree with residential intensives focused on research in transformative psychologies of the whole person...
- San Francisco, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
Union Institute and University
Union Institute & University’s doctoral program plays a distinctive role in American higher education. Grounded in humanistic inquiry...
- Sacramento, CA
- Cincinnati, OH
- Riverside, CARiverside, CA
La Sierra University
La Sierra offers the only Seventh-day Adventist graduate religion and ministerial training program in the western United States, drawing students from around the world to study on our campus.
- Riverside, CA
California State University, Northridge
CSUN's two-year, seven-term online Master of Public Health program is an ideal choice for individuals seeking to enter or advance in one or all of the five core areas of public health and professional preparation.
- Pasadena, CAPasadena, CA
Pacific Oaks College
The Human Development program at Pacific Oaks College is designed to provide advanced study in the growth and development of individuals at various stages of the lifespan.
- Pasadena, CA
- Pasadena, CA
- Long Beach, CALong Beach, CA
California State University, Long Beach
CSULB has offered a gerontology certificate program for over 30 years, having recognized early the need for the study of aging by university stu...
- Long Beach, CA
- Sacramento, CASacramento, CA
Professional School of Psychology
PSP is approved by the State of California. PSP is not engaged in distance or online learning.
- Moraga, CAMoraga, CA
St. Mary's College Of California
The MFT/LPCC Emphasis provides the educational requirements necessary to meet BBS standards for pursuing either license.
- Moraga, CA
- Oakland, CAOakland, CA
Samuel Merritt University