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Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences

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Overview

Please note: There will not be an intake for this degree from Semester 1, 2021.

The Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences is an innovative, cutting-edge program designed for those who aspire to professional leadership roles, display executive potential and who would like to combine their professional aspirations with an interest in the arts and social sciences.

This course has a strong emphasis on public policy analysis, cultural awareness and sensitivity, ethical reasoning and critical analysis which, together with a focus on problem solving, leadership, legal strategy and communication, equips you with a highly transferable and flexible skillset.

Why study with us?

At the University of Sydney, we offer one of the world's only cross-disciplinary executive leadership master's qualifications in arts and social sciences. Take the opportunity to tailor your course by combining our comprehensive arts and social sciences curriculum with specialised coursework in other disciplines and faculties including Business, Law, Education and Science.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 15 January)

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 30 June)

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

A key feature of the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences (EMASS) is the capacity for you to tailor the qualification to meet your academic and professional needs.

You can find a selection of pathways listed under disciplinary themes that illustrates how you can tailor your EMASS journey on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.

Candidates for the EMASS are required to complete 96 credit points, including:

  • a minimum of 18 credit points from Applied Module units of study; and
  • a minimum of 6 credit points from Capstone units of study
  • a maximum of 72 credit points from Elective Module units of study. With the permission of the degree director a maximum of 12 credit points of Elective units of study can be taken from outside those listed in the EMASS unit of study table, including units offered outside the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences (2 years full-time) requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a with a 65% average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.
  • at least 3 years work experience or experience in a leadership position

In addition, all candidates must supply:

  • a personal statement of no more than 500 words; and
  • a Curriculum Vitae focused on academic and professional achievements.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have completed previous studies in a related area or have relevant work experience, you can reduce the length of you studies or receive credit based on the Recognition of Prior Learning criteria below:

Admission to candidature for the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences (1.5 years full-time) requires:

  • a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law with a minimum credit (65%) average from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification;

Admission to candidature for the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences (1 year full-time) requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with honours in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.

Career Pathways

The Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences opens up opportunities in leadership in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors; for example, at internationally focused firms and organisations or in government departments and other policy-making institutions.

Typical roles might include leading the design and implementation of policy, managing communication and legal strategy, leading the restructure of an organisation and redefining its culture. In short, the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences graduate is uniquely positioned to contribute sensitive, broad-minded leadership to any strategic decision-making role.

Domestic students

International students

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