When it comes to postgraduate study abroad in the USA, size matters - but so does depth. The American approach to graduate education means that Masters degrees in the USA are internationally renowned for their academic rigor and their focus on a suite of transferrable skills.
With one of the world's largest and most varied higher education systems, the USA offers a huge range of opportunities for postgraduate (or, rather, 'graduate') study abroad. Masters degrees in the USA can be part of academic programmes at internationally renowned research universities, or prestigious professional qualifications at top business and management schools.
Meanwhile, a vast range of other specialised institutions offer unique postgraduate training opportunities in almost every field imaginable.
The sheer size of the USA itself also makes it hard to beat when it comes to the extra-curricular activities that are key to any worthwhile study abroad experience. Each individual state offers its own unique attractions and, with a little planning, you might well be able to visit a few - making your Masters in the USA an educational experience in more ways than one.
The USA attracts over 900,000 international students, making it the most popular study abroad destination in the world by a considerable margin. In fact, nearly 20% of the world's mobile students study in the USA - many of them on the country's internationally recognised and renowned graduate Masters programs.
The length of a Masters in the USA varies depending on the type of course in question, but is usually between one and three years. Many academic courses are part of wider graduate programs, with the option to proceed on to PhD-level work where appropriate.
Tuition fees for US Masters degrees vary significantly between courses and institutions, but international students don't usually pay more than other 'out of state' students. Approximate fees for a Masters degree at a US public university are between $20,000 and $30,000 per year. You can find more information in our guide to Masters fees and funding in the USA.
International students will need to hold an appropriate visa in order to study abroad in the USA. This is usually easy to apply for, provided you have been accepted by a recognised American university.
The USA is a big country with one of the world's largest and most varied higher education systems. That's why our guide to studying a Masters in the USA is one of the biggest and most detailed we've ever produced.
There you can find out more about American universities, their graduate programs, their application requirements and the process of acquiring an American student visa. We've also put together a postgraduate student's guide to living in the USA and American university rankings.
The Master of Human Services in Child Protection will provide competency-based child protective services instruction aimed at closing the gap between ground level, on-the-job training and scientifically grounded best-practices. It will develop the critical knowledge, values, and skills necessary for child protection professionals to respond effectively to complex problems confronting children and families in the child protective services system.
The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various tracks. This facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise.
Students will complete the 33 credit hour program that includes core courses, specialty track, and electives courses.
This program is designed for individuals seeking careers in or as:
The master's program is offered entirely online. The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master's degree without interrupting your career.
Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors’ reviews of assignments online in the same formats.
There are two tracks in our American Studies MA program. The General Track prepares those students who may wish to go on to a PhD in American Studies or another field through classes in the history, theories, and methods of American Studies and an original research project. The Public Humanities track is designed to ground students in the history, theory and methods of the public humanities, and in a foundation in nonprofit management, and bring it all together with project-based courses, an internship and capstone, preparing students for careers in cultural and community institutions.
To apply, you will need to submit:
The GRE is not required.
We welcome students who are already employed in public history and public humanities into our program. Depending on your professional experience, it may be possible to waive one or both nonprofit management courses and the internship, at the discretion of the program chair and with the support of a faculty advisor.
A maximum of 12 graduate credits may be transferred from another institution toward the completion of the M.A. degree. Acceptance of these credits will be at the discretion of the Program Director in consultation with the Graduate School and will depend on the field of the student's Master's degree, the appropriateness to American Studies of specific courses taken, and the rules of the Graduate School.
With the advance approval of the Program Director, the student’s academic advisor, and the course instructors, up to three Rutgers University-Newark undergraduate courses at the 300 or 400 level may be counted toward the completion of the M.A. Degree. No more than one undergraduate course may be taken per semester. To receive graduate credit, the student must have been assigned and successfully completed significant additional work in the undergraduate course.
With the approval of the Program Director and the student’s academic advisor, up to six credits in directed readings may be counted toward the completion of the M..A. Degree.
Notwithstanding the above options, at least five courses (15 credits) must be taken as master’s seminars.
Students choosing the thesis option must signal their intention and identify a thesis advisor no later than after having completed 18 credits.
Upon admission to the Master’s program, each student will be assigned an academic advisor from the American Studies faculty. Students are free to change advisors at the end of their first year. Every year, however, students must submit to the Program Director a form identifying their advisor.
Graduate students at The New School for Social Research ask the kind of questions that challenge the status quo across the social sciences and humanities.
Guided by rigorous scholarship and a desire to apply academic discourse and discovery to current social problems, they critically examine interdisciplinary fields to become a force of new knowledge and ideas in the world.
All graduate programs at The New School for Social research can be completed full-time or part-time on our New York City campus. Competitive merit-based scholarships are available in all departments -- in recent years, 85% of master’s students have received merit scholarships at The New School for Social Research.
Change begins with a question. What will you ask?
The New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 as a home for progressive thinkers, and housed the University in Exile in 1933, providing an academic haven for scholars persecuted in Nazi Europe. The school became the foundation for a comprehensive university – The New School – and continues the legacy of critical thought, civic engagement, and academic freedom today.