Master's Degree Programs in Social Science

Learn about available master's degree programs in social science and the courses these programs typically offer. You can also find information on careers available in the field, as well as facts about employment outlook and median salary. Schools offering Social Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Can I Expect From a Social Science Master's Degree Program?

Most master's degree programs in social sciences are designed for students who are currently employed as certified secondary teachers looking to become certified in additional teaching fields. A few programs offer a separate track that includes teacher certification in case you are not already a certified teacher. You will be required to complete a student teaching or internship requirements along with a writing portfolio, a master's thesis or a final examination prior to graduation.

Degree Requirements Student teaching or internship requirements, writing portfolio, thesis.
Some programs offer teacher certification if student not already qualified.
Common Courses Global issues & perspectives, philosophical issues, geopolitics, world history.
Education courses including education psychology, curriculum theory, instructional technology.
Online Options Few fully-online, but many programs offer hybrid options.
Career Choices Teaching at secondary or post-secondary level.

What Courses Are Typically Available?

Social science programs are interdisciplinary, and they include studies from the areas of history, geography, political science, economics, psychology, sociology and anthropology. You're likely to take courses that cover the following:

  • Global issues
  • Social thought
  • Philosophical issues in social sciences
  • Global perspectives
  • Geopolitics
  • World history
  • Non-European history

You will take courses in education in addition to taking the social sciences courses. Your education courses may go into such topics as these:

  • Education psychology
  • Instructional technology
  • Curriculum theory
  • ESOL strategies
  • Classroom assessment

Can I Earn This Degree Online?

Some social science programs offer online courses, but entirely online programs will be hard to find. Many programs are presented in a hybrid format, offering both on-campus and online courses.

What Is the Career Outlook?

Many graduates of a master's degree program in social sciences are employed as secondary teachers in high schools or post-secondary teachers at community colleges, technical colleges or colleges. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), career opportunities for secondary teachers will increase by six percent from 2014-2024.

The best opportunities will be for those who have licensure to teach in more than one subject area. In 2014, the annual median salary for secondary teachers was $56,310. Career opportunities for postsecondary teachers are expected to increase by 13% from 2014-2024, due to increased enrollment. In 2014, the annual median salary for postsecondary social sciences teachers was $65,320 (www.bls.gov).

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