Program Details

Shrewsbury, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Program Overview

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Science in a Changing World is formally a track within the Critical and Creative Thinking graduate program. This 33 credit program prepares students to focus on science in the context of social change or individual intellectual development. This program is a joint effort of two other university programs: science, technology, and values, and critical and creative thinking. Course material, classroom activities, teaching/learning interactions, and projects focused on real-world problems provide students opportunities to:

  • Learn about science and its social context
  • Gain a set of models for work in education, policy, and other areas of civic engagement
  • Discuss practices and philosophies of science, education, and social change; and
  • Undertake research with a view to engaging with science in a changing social and personal world. 

Students with diverse backgrounds and career paths — from laboratories to field research, journalism to policy formulation, teaching to activism — are welcome to join the track. In addition to examining science and its social context, students develop valuable professional skills in research, writing, and evaluation for civic engagement and in collaborative processes and problem-based teaching around current controversies involving science and technology.

Science in a Changing World students graduate well-prepared to move across the persistent divide between sciences and humanities. They are able to participate in questioning and shaping the direction of scientific and social changes, as well as to teach and engage others to participate in this important endeavor. Master's degree students, graduate students from other programs, and advanced undergraduates are welcome to enroll in individual courses.

Additional Program Information

UMassOnline is regionally accredited by NECHE, New England Commission of Higher Education. In addition, many of each campus' schools and colleges are also accredited by discipline-specific agencies.

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