WHAT IS AN M.A. IN ADVOCACY AND EQUITY STUDIES?
The Master of Arts in Advocacy and Equity Studies is a program designed for problem-solvers and community leaders: those who see issues in society and want to make a change. A graduate with this degree will have a thorough view of social justice issues, developing the critical lens and conceptual skills necessary to recognize societal inequities and analyze systems of power. Graduates will also develop a grounding in the practical skills needed to be effective agents of change in a community or organization.
WHY PURSUE AN M.A. IN ADVOCACY AND EQUITY STUDIES AT FURMAN?
As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for multidisciplinary studies, allowing students to find connections between multiple areas of interest. The Master of Arts in advocacy and equity studies incorporates several different academic disciplines. Small class sizes give students greater access to professors who are among the best in their fields. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.
How will you learn?
Students will complete 36 hours of coursework, including courses in framing social justice, community-engaged research, public narratives, grant writing and resource development and community organizing. Learn community-engaged research methods and develop skills in dialogue, advocacy, grant applications and decision-making. Choose from elective seminars on topics such as deliberation across difference, social determinants of health and equity, reconstructing Southern rhetoric, nonprofit administration and activism, and social media and social justice. Apply what you’ve learned and gain practical experience with a community placement practicum.
Careers for M.A. in advocacy and equity studies graduates
The degree can enhance credentials in a wide range of occupations:
- Diversity officer
- Nonprofit or NGO administrator
- Human Resources advocate
- Government official
- Community organizer
- Educators and coaches
94%– Percentage of full-time faculty with highest degree in field
9:1– Student to faculty ratio
#6– National Liberal Arts College in the Southeast (U.S. News and World Report)
The M.A. in advocacy and equity studies prepares students as professionals and civic advocates to advance social justice, access and inclusion through critical inquiry and change leadership. The credential can enhance various occupations, including diversity officers and leaders, nonprofit or foundation administrators, educators and coaches, government and business leaders and community organizers.
According to salary.com, the median corporate salary for a diversity, equity and inclusion specialist is approximately $136,546, with higher salaries up to $147,755.
The M.A. in advocacy and equity studies program at Furman is a two-year, full-time program.