Social Policy

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Mar 15, 2024
13 place StudyQA ranking:1481 Duration:11 months You need IELTS certificate

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MSSP graduates are prepared for policy leadership positions in government, philanthropic foundations, research institutes, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, and other related settings, through:

  • Understanding the world views, assumptions, and philosophies underlying all policy solutions;
  • Understanding how decisions about social policy issues are made, shaped and influenced at local, state, national and global levels;
  • Formulating a social reform agenda that is evidence-based and aims at improving the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of policy creation and implementation; and
  • Generating and considering a wide array of policy options to address social problems.

The ten-course, ten-credit curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and analytical skills needed to participate in policy analysis, creation, and evaluation.


  • Policy: Analysis of Issues, Strategy and Process
  • Law and Social Policy
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Research & Evaluation Design
  • Applied Linear Modeling
  • Economics for Social Policy
  • Capstone Seminar and Internship (I and II)
Applicants must submit transcripts detailing all undergraduate and postgraduate study. This includes coursework conducted at an applicant’s degree-granting institutions(s) as well as in study abroad programs and at institutions out of which an applicant may have transferred.GRE Scores Application fee of $65MSSP application essayMSSP writing sample (preferably on a policy-related topic)Financial Plan formReferences (two academic and one employment)Resume English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100
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