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Top 5 University Degrees to Make a Real Difference

Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment (Cass Business School)

The Cass Business School at the City University of London in London, England, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Science degree program in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment. Intended for professionals working for non-profit organizations, the program is offered on a part-time basis and lasts for 24 months. Students in the program complete the following classes: Learning and Understanding the Voluntary Sector, Strategy, Diversity and Governance;  Marketing and Fundraising; People Management in the Voluntary Sector; Charity Accounting and Finance; Principles of Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment; and Management of Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment. In addition, students participate in a fieldwork exercise to gain real-world work experience.

Social Impact, Innovation and Investment (New York University)

New York University in New York City, New York, United States, offers a Master of Business Administration degree program in Social Impact, Innovation and Investment. Through this program, students will learn about financial management, impact investment, operations and policy and become poised to launch their own social enterprises. The program takes 24 months to complete and requires full-time on-campus study. Among the courses required for the degree are: Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit and Health Management; Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning and Policy Analysis; Management and Leadership; Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit and Health Organizations; and Introduction to Public Policy.

Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State (University of Turku)

The University of Turku in Turku, Finland, offers a master’s degree program in Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State. Students spend 24 months studying full time at the school’s INVEST Research Flagship Centre within the Department of Social Research, Faculty of Social Sciences. During the first year, students will take a series of courses related to the topic of the program and classes related to research methods. Throughout the second year, students participate in thematic seminars, write a master’s thesis and participate in an internship or exchange study. For admission, students must hold a bachelor’s degree in a field related to social or behavioral sciences.

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (University of Essex)

The University of Essex in Colchester, England, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Laws degree in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This program is intended for individuals who already hold an undergraduate law degree. Students have the option to study part time or full time. With a full-course load, students can complete all of the degree requirements in one year. The part-time program takes two years to complete. Every student in the program takes a course in International Human Rights Law: Law and Practice and then chooses electives geared toward their specific interests. A dissertation is required for graduation.

Education and Social Justice (Lancaster University)

Lancaster University in Lancaster, England, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree in Education and Social Justice. This program is taught entirely online and can be completed through full-time study in one year or part time study in two years. Every student in the program must complete the following classes: Key issues and theories in social justice and education; Education, Evaluation and Research; Challenging Educational Inequalities; and Policies, Ideologies and Interventions in Education. Students also participate in an tutor-supported independent study, which culminates in a full-length research dissertation.

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