Master of Social Science

A Master of Social Science (MSSc or M.Soc.Sci or M.Soc.Sc.) is a Master's degree which has a number of different meanings dependent upon the education system in question.

In Finland and Sweden, where the university degree nomenclatura is simply based on the faculties from which they are awarded, Master of Social Science (M.Soc.Sci. or M.Soc.Sc.) is the name given to any master's degree awarded by the Faculty of Social Science. This is just as the Faculty of Theology awards Masters of Theology (M.Th.), the Faculty of Arts awards Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), and so forth. Consequently, Master of Social Science degrees are quite common amongst Finnish & Swedish graduates. (See Magister)

In the United Kingdom, MSSc degrees are unusual, and are almost always postgraduate in nature. Common subjects that would lead to the award of MSSc include, but are not limited to, social work, criminology, politics, and sociology.

There are a few universities in the United States with MSSc programs. Syracuse University, for instance, offers this program through the Executive Education Program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a distance learning (with limited residency) program. Other universities like Ohio University, The University of Chicago, Campbellsville University (formerly), Troy University, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) also offer this degree. This degree would allow a student to take courses from a variety of disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, geography, and political science. Depending on the school, it there may be more emphasis put on teaching methods if the degree is meant to help prepare students for a teaching career or, alternatively, the emphasis may be placed on research methods and analysis.

It is also available at the National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and several Danish universities, including Copenhagen University, Copenhagen Business School, Aalborg University, and Roskilde University, in a number of subjects. Faculty Social Sciences of University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka offers MSSc in Social Sciences subject streams. Duration of this degree program is two years full-time study with a research component.

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