Social and Public Policy

SUNY/Empire State College

M.A. Online
555 USD/credit
555 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in social and public policy is designed for practitioners, managers and administrators in public and private, for-profit and nonprofit sectors who want to learn more about how to make either governmental or organizational policies more effective.


In this program, you build skills in policymaking, implementation and analysis and develop a greater understanding of the connections among federal, state, local and organizational policies and policy processes. Students can also incorporate an advanced certificate into their degree program and earn a second credential.

Program Design

Social and Public Policy is a 36-credit master’s degree program that includes 12 3-credit courses. There are four core courses, four electives and four research-related courses that conclude with a final project.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Policy Process
  • Social Policy Perspectives
  • Policy Implementation
  • Ethical Issues in Social Policy
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Final Project Design
  • Final Project

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36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Application essay
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • 2 Professional recommendations
  • Teacher certification documents
  • Orientation fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    555 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 555 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • National

    555 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 555 USD per credit and a duration of  .


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