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.
- Newton, MANewton, MA
As one of today’s most rapidly evolving industries, the healthcare field has high demand for knowledgeable, skilled communicators. In the Health Communication graduate program, you will acquire the skills to launch a health campaign or brand health...
University of Delaware
Learn effective leadership and management strategy for public service and nonprofit operations with this online master of public administration.
- Boca Raton, FLBoca Raton, FL
Want to explore the fields of scientific writing or information literacy? As a student of the master's in psychology program, you will build a strong foundation for psychological research and human behavior at a graduate level.
Successfully running a counseling practice isn’t what most mental health care practitioners learn to do while gaining expertise in their fields. As a result, many gifted therapists and counselors see their dreams of private practice evaporate.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Lead with Compassion. Manage with Care. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota helps you lead with confidence to achieve your health and human services goals.
Purdue University Global
Combine your current nursing skills with training in the safe, effective practice of primary care for the management of acute and chronic health problems of adult patients. As a student in this population focus area, you will participate in a clinical p...
University of the Rockies
Solve problems with your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Services from University of the Rockies. Address the needs of underserved populations, including those struggling with addiction, illness, or poverty.
- Portland, MEPortland, ME
University of New England
Our On Campus option offers you traditional face-to-face learning opportunities in small intimate classes with engaged and enthusiastic faculty. Our teaching is consistently high quality and you leave each class transformed by the experience.
University of Hartford
The online MS in Organizational Psychology program aims to address critical leadership skills required to enhance organizational effectiveness.
- West Hartford, CT
- Teaneck, NJTeaneck, NJ
Fairleigh Dickinson University
The Master of Science in Homeland Security program focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of enforcing and ensuring homeland security and includes several areas of specialization.
- Teaneck, NJ
- Madison, NJ
Loyola University Chicago
The Online, Bilingual MSW program offers a unique specialization in Health/Mental Health with a sub specialization in Migration Studies. Courses will be taught by bilingual faculty with a majority of the content being delivered and discussed in Spanish.
Liberty University Online
- San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA
University of San Francisco
Preparing Culturally Competent Therapists to Help Clients Achieve a More Fulfilling Quality of Life...
Explore your passion for public service. With your Public Administration specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will enhance the management skills you need to perform effectively within a public, government, or non-gover...
Colorado Technical University
Interested in public administration and policy? Explore business management, finance, IT, marketing and more in Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Public Administration. Learn more...
California State University, Northridge
Join the largest MPA program in California and the third-largest in the nation. Graduate with a network!...
- Glendale, CA
- South El Monte, CA
- Norwalk, CA
- Northridge, CA
- Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
esigned for working professionals and students in the master's program, this three-course certificate program provides students with an awareness of businesses’ vulnerability to major disruptions due to data loss and natural disasters.
- Philadelphia, PA
- Brooklyn, NYBrooklyn, NY
The mission of the Sustainable Environmental Systems program is to provide an innovative, professional development education to a diverse student body.
- Brooklyn, NY
- New York City, NY
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
Erikson’s M.S.W. program is ideal preparation for the social work professional who wishes to improve the lives of children and families.
- Portales, NMPortales, NM
Eastern New Mexico University
The MA in anthropology offers students a specialized focus on the archaeology of the US Southwest.