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20 Top Social Justice MA Programs Worldwide

20 Top Social Justice MA Programs Worldwide


M.A. Higher Education – Diversity and Social Justice
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, United States, is currently accepting students for their Master of Arts in Diversity and Social Justice program. Spread over two years of full-time study, the program is intended to prepare students to address a variety of issues that stem from inequality and to improve diversity in private and public settings after completion. All students complete six credits of coursework related to higher education and 12 credits of coursework related specifically to diversity and social justice. Students are also expected to complete a practicum experience, a research project and cognate coursework offered in departments chosen with the assistance of an advisor. Students must submit GRE scores with their applications, and non-native English speakers are also required to verify fluency with IELTS or TOEFL scores.

M.A. Social Justice and Education
The University College London in London, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts program in Social Justice and Education. The objective of the program is to examine how political and social factors affect education both in terms of policy and practice and how access to education affects issues like citizenship and social inequality. Coursework requires 1 full year to complete with all classes held at the university’s campus. The program includes mandatory modules in the sociology of education and interpreting education research. Then, students select two additional modules of coursework based on their interests and goals. To be considered for admission, students must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree and show that they are fluent in English either through status as a native speaker or by submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores

M.A. Social Justice & Public Policy
All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland, offers multiple graduate programs in Social Justice and Public Policy. Intended to be a part-time curriculum, the program can culminate in a graduate certificate with 30 credits of study, a graduate diploma with 60 credits of study or a master’s degree with 90 credits. Those who opt to earn the full degree will spend 2 years completing the program requirements on campus. Ideal for anyone who is currently involved with public policy that influences social justice as a part of their careers or for those interested in pursuing a career path in the field, the program includes classes in economics, social change, communications and strategic planning. Students must also complete a dissertation and take courses on research methods.

M.A. Social Justice and Equity Studies
Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Canada, is accepting students for their Master of Arts program in Social Justice and Equity Studies. The purpose of the program is to enable students to take a critical look at issues related to social justice, so that they are better able to fight for equality in regards to age, gender, race, sexuality, class and other categories. After graduation, students may choose to pursue doctoral-level degrees or be properly prepared to work as consultants or advocates for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Courses are taught by faculty members from 16 different departments for a thorough multi-disciplinary approach to the study of social justice. The program requires 16 months of full-time study for completion and is open to native English speakers and non-native speakers with sufficient IELTS and TOEFL scores.

M.Sc. Justice Studies
Arizona State University in the Southwestern city of Tempe in the United States is offering a Master of Science degree in Justice Studies. An interdisciplinary program, the course of study typically requires a year of full-time study to complete. Students are free to choose from one of five areas of concentration: citizenship and migration, globalization and economic justice, law and policy, media and technology and social identity and communities. To be considered for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and have maintained an average GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent during their final 60 semester hours of undergraduate study. Students that graduated from a foreign university are also expected to provide IELTS or TOEFL scores to demonstrate fluency in English

M.A. Justice Studies
The University of Regina offers a Master of Arts degree program in Justice Studies at their campus in Regina, Canada. Intended to be a full-time course of study that lasts for 2 years, the program takes a multi-disciplinary look at justice with courses in public safety, health, learning and justice theory. Students are permitted to conduct research in one of four areas: the social factors that contribute to crime, corrections and victims services, international justice and human rights and social justice as it relates to gender, political participation, economic status and ethnic and cultural identity. In order to qualify for admission, students must hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and have a graduation average of 70 percent or the equivalent. Fluency in English is also required

M.A. Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia offers a Master of Arts degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. A full-time program, the curriculum includes courses held at the university’s campus in Vancouver, Canada, and typically requires 12 to 18 months of study to complete. There are a number of focus areas that students may elect for their studies. Some of the many options include women’s studies, race theory, migration and radicalization, health and media studies. Graduates are prepared for doctoral-level study or for work in the public or private sectors in advocacy, public policy and related fields. Admission to the program is very competitive. Students must show evidence of having maintained a B+ average in their third and fourth year undergraduate coursework to be considered for admission

M.A. Human Rights, Culture & Social Justice
Goldsmiths, University of London offers a Master of Arts program in Human Rights, Culture and Justice for individuals who are currently employed in or hope to one day work in the field of human rights advocacy. A flexible course of study that can be completed 1 year with full-time study and within 2 years with part-time study, the program includes three core modules, through which all students progress. The modules examine how human rights are constructed, how human rights are organized and how human rights issues can be researched and evaluated. At the conclusion of the first two modules, students complete an essay. A research proposal is submitted at the end of the third module. Students then proceed to complete a culminating research project.

M.A. Communication and Social Justice
The University of Windsor in currently offering a Master of Arts program in Communication and Social Justice as a full-time course of study at their campus in Windsor, Canada. This multi-disciplinary graduate-level program focuses on the intersections between communication and media and both culture and the political economy. Students are encouraged to examine how communication affects social, political and economic power in societies today and how social justice and communications have been interconnected in the past. Some topics that are covered during the program include propaganda, censorship, communication laws and regulations, global media systems and advertising. Course work also delves into how race, gender, class, sexuality and ethnicity have historically and are currently being portrayed in the media. Because all classes are conducted in English, students must demonstrate fluency through IELTS or TOEFL scores for admissions consideration.

M.A. Social Justice and Human Rights
George Mason University is accepting applicants for their Master of Arts degree program in Social Justice and Human Rights. This program requires two years of full time study at the university’s campus in Fairfax, Virginia, in the United States near the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Intended for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and either have an interest in working in human rights advocacy or are currently employed in the field, the program allows students to focus on an area of concentration of specific value to them. Possible areas of emphasis may include race studies, gender studies or queer studies. The location of the program gives students access to notable human rights groups, providing opportunities for field work and experiential learning. Non native English-speaking applicants must show fluency in English prior to admission.

M.A. Social Justice and Community Engagement
Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Canada, is currently accepting applicants for their Master of Arts degree program in Social Justice and Community Engagement. Intended to be completed through one year of full-time study at the university’s campus, the program involves a number of requirements that allow students to investigate how issues of social and environmental justice play out in real community settings. All students complete a set group of courses and are expected to participate in a 160-hour community placement. A culminating capstone project is also required. The focus of the program is equipping graduates to help fight discrimination, poverty and environmental abuse after graduation. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, submit a writing sample and demonstrate fluency in English to be considered for admission.

M.A. Social Justice and Human Rights
Arizona State University in the city of Phoenix in the state of Arizona in the Southwestern United States is currently offering a Master of Arts degree in Social Justice and Human Rights. Students with a bachelor’s degree and interest in topics like family structures, labor, human security, education, environmental protection, children’s welfare and migration are invited to apply. All students take classes in grant writing, addressing social problems and research methods in social justice. An internship is also a mandatory part of the program. This master’s course of study consists entirely of campus-based classes and is only offered as a full-time program. Students who earned their undergraduate degrees in non-English speaking countries must submit ELTS or TOEFL scores for admissions consideration.

M.A. Social Justice
The University of Colorado Denver in Denver, Colorado, United States, is offering a Master’s degree in Social Justice at their campus. The program takes a multidisciplinary approach to the topic of social justice, allowing students to gain an understanding of how various issues and factors contribute to social justice or interfere with justice being equally given to certain racial groups, minority groups or classes within societies. Law, political science, education, consumerism and the media are all covered during the coursework. Students take classes full time to complete the program, and 1 year of study is required to complete all of the course requirements. Classes are taught only in English. Prior to admission, applicants who are non native speakers must verify their fluency by submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores.

M.Sc. Social Justice, Development and Health
Queen Margaret University is currently offering a blended Master of Science degree program in Social Justice, Development and Health. Students take courses both online and at the university’s campus in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. Very flexible, the program can be completed as a full-time course of study for one year or as a part-time course of study for two years. Anyone who is interested in furthering the fight for social justice in a senior position can benefit from the program. Students will approach the topic of social justice from many angles, seeing how anthropology, health policy and public health, sociology, management and psychology all play a role in justice. Because classes are taught only in English, foreign students who are not native speakers are expected to submit TOEFL or ELTS scores for admissions consideration.

M.Ed. /M.A. Social Justice Education
The University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, offers both Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in social justice education. This multi-disciplinary program can be completed full-time or part-time at a pace determined by the student, provided that the course of study lasts for at least 1.5 years and a maximum of 3 years full time or 6 years part time. Upon admission to the program, students are able to select their own area of interest from a broad range of options, including media and communication, gender studies, queer studies, disability studies, cultural contexts in education, democracy and ethics, indigenous studies and race relations. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, at least 12 months of work experience in a field related to social justice and demonstrated fluency in English to be considered for the program.

M.A. Equity and Social Justice in Education
San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in Equity and Social Justice Education for individuals who already work in or plan to work in a field related to adult education. A full-time, campus-based program, the curriculum includes four required courses, a seminar in educational research, a field study and a master’s thesis. Students also have the flexibility to choose between a number of education-related elective courses to complete the required number of credits. Admissions are competitive. Only students who hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and have a “B” average GPA of 3.0 or above or the equivalent will be considered. Applicants who are not native English speakers will need to demonstrate that they are fluent with acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores.

M.A. Conflict Transformation and Social Justice
Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland, is currently accepting students into their Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice program. Requiring one year of full time or two years of part time study to complete, the program includes course work in many different disciplines, including political science, law, anthropology, history, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Literature and creative arts classes are included in the course of study, providing a fully rounded look at the subjects of conflict and social justice in global societies. Classes are taught in English, and applicants must show fluency with adequate IELTS or TOEFL scores to be accepted for admission.

M.Sc. Social Justice and Community Action (Online Distance Learning)
The University of Edinburgh of Edinburgh, Scotland, is currently accepting applicants for their Master of Science in Social Justice and Community Action program. A completely online course of study for distance education students, the program is taken on a part-time basis over a period of 24 months. The course of study is intended for recent bachelor’s degree recipients who wish to obtain positions in social justice-related fields as well as professionals who are already working in areas of social justice research, policy writing or grassroots organizations in any sector. Course formats include podcasts, distance-based group assignments and independent studies.

M.A. Global Urban Justice
The School of Geography at the University of Leeds in Leeds, United Kingdom, is accepting applicants to their Master of Arts in Global Justice program. Classes can be taken full time for 1 year or part time for 2 years and focus on the theme of justice and injustice in urban areas. Students must participate in a collaborative research placement and write a dissertation to receive the degree. Research methods are covered in the compulsory course work, and students will consider a broad range of issues, including citizenship, climate change and migration through the course work. All classes are taught in English, so prospective students must display fluency through satisfactory IELTS or TOEFL scores.

M.A. Social Justice
Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada, is currently accepting applicants for their Master of Arts in Social Justice program. Students can choose from the traditional course of study or a specialization in women’s studies at the start of the 24-month, full-time course of study. For further flexibility, students have the option to choose four different streams to earn the degree: coursework, creative project, research project or practicum. All students complete classes in research methods and social justice theory to prepare them for the work in their individual curricula. All courses are taught in English, and fluency must be demonstrated via TOEFL or ELTS scores to be considered for admission.

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