Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Humanities and Social Sciences

UMBC's graduate programs help students leverage knowledge to affect change in their organizations and throughout society. Designed with input from leaders in business, industry and government, UMBC's programs provide skills current with emerging trends and can immediately be applied to the work environment. Students are challenged intellectually, through interdisciplinary coursework that integrates sociology, economics, public policy, psychology, and history, and by engaging with academically committed peers and prominent faculty members. UMBC graduates influence policy at the federal, state and local levels and play key roles in think tanks and non-profit organizations. The location near Washington, DC gives students access to the nexus of government, business, culture, and public service.

Master's in Public Policy (MPP)

One of only 3 NASPAA-accredited programs in Maryland, UMBC's Master's in Public Policy gives graduates a competitive edge in advancing their careers with government agencies, non-profit organizations, think tanks, consulting firms, and for-profit businesses. This interdisciplinary program integrates theories and concepts from economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology.

Students apply new skills and methodologies to develop and analyze public policies and learn to influence the public policy process on issues such as poverty, health care, housing and transportation. They study under nationally recognized faculty members and take advantage of the diverse and outstanding expertise of professionals and academics from the Capital region.

MA in Historical Studies

UMBC's Master's in Historical Studies challenges students and prepares them for leadership roles in the field of public history -- from teaching roles to careers in museums, archives, libraries, or other historical institutions. The program emphasizes historiographical methods and theory, current conceptual tools and techniques for organizing historical evidence, and primary research in a large number of subject and area specialties.

MA in Historical Studies, Public History Track

The Public History Track is designed for students pursuing the Master of Arts in Historical Studies. The alumni practice history in a variety of areas outside the academic world, including museums, archaeological sites, and commercial media outlets (such as PBS and the History Channel) as well as within federal, state and local government agencies. This program explores the issues of ethics and professionalism that shape work in the public sector, and offers students specialized experience in the field of public history that they can apply to their work as public historians.

Master's in Professional Studies (MPS): Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Offered at UMBC's Shady Grove campus, the Master's in Professional Studies in Industrial /Organizational Psychology is a unique, highly applied program. Unlike other programs which emphasize research, the UMBC Master's focuses squarely on industrial needs, giving students skills and techniques they can immediately implement in real workplace situations. An advisory board, comprised of representatives from business, industry, and government, provides valuable input on program and curriculum development.

Students learn skills and methodologies that are relevant to today's job market and explore topics including organizational behavioral management, human factors, and professional human resources practice. They develop professional portfolios, while building strong relationships with faculty practitioners and engaging with industry professionals.

MA in Applied Sociology

The master's program in applied sociology attracts students from many academic backgrounds, with more than half having undergraduate majors in fields other than sociology. The program specializes in health and aging, research methods, and selected areas of gender and diversity. It is one of the largest MA-only sociology graduate programs in the country and, as the only graduate program in the department, provides students with an unusually high degree of attention. Students can be full-time or part time, can select non-thesis or thesis options, and can begin in the fall or spring semester. They learn from faculty members who are active researchers and can take advantage of evening courses designed for working professionals. The GRE is not required.

MA in Management of Aging Services - Erickson School

Highly respected by employers and industry experts, UMBC's Erickson School program is the only graduate program of its kind that provides a cohort-based learning experience with a unique curriculum integrating business management, public policy, and the study of human aging. The program's alumni are industry leaders who have transformed their organizations. UMBC offers real-world learning for real-life situations.

Students can earn a master's degree in 15 months while learning from faculty members who are world-class leaders and practitioners. Students gain skills based on modern principles and current trends and advancements and apply these skills to their current workplace environments immediately. They can establish career advancing networks with other health and human services professionals and implement learning in capstone projects that address real-world situations.

Graduate Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector

This graduate certificate program offered by the Department of Sociology helps students understand the role and operation of nonprofit organizations. Its 4 courses explore the social and institutional roles nonprofits play in American society and their structure and function of operation (including budgeting requirements, relationships with the funding community, government relations, and human resources), as well as the research methods used to evaluate non-profit programs.

Students can begin the program in the fall or spring semester and can take advantage of evening courses designed for working professionals. They learn from faculty members who are practitioners. Certificate coursework may be applied to the Master of Arts in Applied Sociology.

Location & Contact

Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Business Administration And Management--General Master's
    • History Master's
    • Industrial And Organizational Psychology Master's
    • Nonprofit Management Certificate
    • Public History Master's
    • Public Policy Master's
    • Sociology Master's
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