2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Aug 17, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Science (Limited Residency), MSSc

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Deborah Pellow
Prgram Director: Nancy Corgel


M. Barkun, D. Bennett, M. Boroujerdi, N. Kutcher, D. Pellow, S. Webb

The Master of Social Science degree was founded over 40 years ago. It utilizes interdisciplinary comparative analyses to explore the world’s broad social science problems. The curriculum pays special attention to the issues of international studies, the foundations and development of major societies and questions involving war and society in the world’s major cultural areas.

Program Requirements

The innovative program is accomplished by two two-week residencies, distance learning and independent study with faculty members from across the Maxwell School, who work together to ensure an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

This unique arrangement allows MSSc students to earn a master’s degree while concurrently maintaining their professional careers as NGO officials, teachers, military personnel, government officers, journalists, and corporate executives involved in international business. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Do sophisticated research and understand/digest difficult written materials. Negotiate varying approaches to a cross-disciplinary topic

2. Write research papers that are well organized and communicated the argument

3. Use largely qualitative methods to formulate the basis for each paper

4. Show a mastery of the core (curricular) area that they have selected for their focus

5. Demonstrate research results and/or understanding of the topic

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