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Master of Arts (MA) in Social Policy


Master of Arts (MA) in Social Policy

With the introduction of the MA Social Policy programme in 2008, CSPS signalled a shift a purely research-focused organization to also building the capacity of social policy practitioners and academics. Graduates of this programme are equipped with skills for critical analysis of social policy and to design relevant social development interventions.

Start date

August 2021

Application deadline

June 30 2021


12 months

2019 intake


Minimum entry requirement

Second-class lower or equivalent in any discipline


University of Ghana Legon Campus

The minimum entry requirements for MA Social Policy is a lower second-class degree or equivalent in any discipline. 

Competition for places at CSPS is high. Meeting the minimum entry requirement does not guarantee you an offer of admission; candidates must also pass an entrance examination and interview.

Find out more about post-graduate admissions here.

The MA in Social Policy is a fee-paying programme. 

Find out more about fees at the College of Humanities here.

The MA Social Policy Studies is a two-semester programme that offers a maximum of five (5) courses, both core and elective, each semester.

Lectures for all courses are delivered through slide presentations, interactive discussions and group work.


Semester 1 Core Electives
Seminar Social Mobilization and Volunteerism
Research Methods  
Human Rights and Human Development Special Issues in Vulnerability
Public Policy Analysis  
Theoretical Perspectives in Social Policy  
Semester 2 Economics of Social Policy Child Rights and Protection
Managing Social Conflicts and Consensus Building  Decentralization and Social Policy
Social Protection in Practice Family, Community and Social Transformation
Gender and other Social Diversity Issues  
Practical Training  


Each year, MA Social Policy students undertake a practical fieldwork exercise after selecting a relevant policy issue of interest. Students visit some districts in Ghana for data collection and analysis. The findings of the week-long fieldwork are submitted as a report for grading.

The field exercise gives students practical training in social policy-related work and prepares them to write their individual dissertations at the end of the twelve-month programme.

Interested? Apply now or contact us for more information.