Social Science M.S.

Degree: Master of Science

Program Director: Dr. Paul McCartney
Phone: 410-704-5218

Towson University has suspended the program and is no longer accepting students in this program. The program requirements can be seen within the 2019-2020 catalog. 

The Master of Science degree program in Social Science offers the opportunity for professional enhancement especially in content areas of the social sciences. Experienced teachers wishing to return to TU to study the latest advancements in theoretical, methodological and substantive issues in the social sciences will be especially served. The Global Analysis track of study will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue or continue careers in a number of different settings, including human rights, homeland security and intelligence, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and policy analysis. The program is also open to all post-baccalaureate students and may be of particular interest to professionals active in government and applied fields attracted to the latest developments in the social sciences.

Students will follow a program of study coordinated by the departments of Economics; Geography and Environmental Planning; History; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. The program aims to familiarize students with research, theoretical advances, applications and methodological approaches to current topics important to the field of social sciences and the world. The program exposes students to interdisciplinary approaches to related subjects and also allows them to specialize in a discipline of particular interest.

There are two possible tracks of study: the General track and the Global Analysis track. Each track has different degree requirements.

  1. Students will be able to understand, and communicate effectively about, contemporary social issues from a broad, multi-disciplinary perspective.
  2. Students will demonstrate currency, depth, and analysis of content knowledge related to their particular social science discipline (or across several social science disciplines).
  3. Students will exhibit the ability to research and assess specialized knowledge of a particular area.
  4. Students will demonstrate informational and technological competencies relevant to the social sciences.