Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

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.

Course outline

Study plan

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.

The Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences (EMASS) requires the satisfactory completion of 96 credit points, including:

Candidates for the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences are required to complete 96 credit points, including:
(a) 36 credit points from Professional Module units of study; and
(b) 12 credit points from Applied Module units of study; and
(c) 48 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 Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences unit of study table, including units offered outside the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online

Postgraduate Table of Units of Study for Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences.

Further course information

Capstone experience

All students must complete Capstone Units PMGT5872 People and Leadership, and then choose between either FASS7003 Group Project OR FASS7004 Industry Internship as their 2nd capstone.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

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.

Further study

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 policymaking 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. Graduates are uniquely positioned to contribute sensitive, broadminded leadership to any strategic decision-making role.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a 60% average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification;

(b) a personal statement of no more than 500 words; and

(c) a Curriculum Vitae focused on academic and professional achievements.


Recognition of prior learning

You can fast track your EMASS degree with recognition for prior learning. For more information visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.

Standard Entry requires candidates to enroll in the 24 month full time program

Candidates with a Bachelor degree with minimum (60%) weighted average mark are required to enroll in the 24 month full time program.

Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area with minimum credit (65%) weighted average mark are allowed to enroll in the 18 month full-time program.

Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree with honours in a relevant subject area may enroll in the 12 month full time program.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

If you would like to apply through a University approved agent, visit Agents and Representatives.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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