M.A. in Social and Cultural Pedagogy

youth soccer coach and team in huddleWelcome to the master's program in social and cultural pedagogy at Arizona State University. Our program is the first of its kind in North America. The study of "learning beyond schooling,” this innovative program focuses on research, theory and practice related to non-formal education throughout the lifespan. Our courses offer:  

a) a scholarly understanding of the field of social science and pedagogy,

b) strategies and tools for conducting research on social and cultural pedagogy, and

c) skills for planning, implementing and evaluating educational interventions in different settings.


Social pedagogy is both an interdisciplinary academic field of inquiry and a field of professional practice. With a long tradition dating to 1844, it is experiencing a surge in scholarly and professional interest. There are many master’s programs in social pedagogy around the world (especially in Europe and Latin America), but ASU’s is the first of its kind in North America.

The program develops students’ capacity to analyze non-formal education policies and practices and examine the educational impact of institutions, organizations and associational spaces like families, community organizations, workplaces, media, digital and face-to-face social networks, sports clubs, seniors’ groups, religious institutions, political parties, social movements, and Indigenous tribal organizations.

It also provides training or upgraded skills in the development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs. Graduates of this master's program may apply their training in career positions within youth programs, literacy programs, museum education, dis/ability programs, adult and community education, for-the-job and on-the-job training, peace education, environmental education, health education, civic education and parental education. The program prepares trained professionals to work with diverse populations in a wide range of organizational settings.

Faculty for the program are drawn from the culture, society and education research cluster in the School of Social Transformation.


This degree requires 30 credits.

--Three core courses (9 credits)

  • Foundations of Social Transformation (SST 501)
  • Research Methods (JUS 500)
  • Social and Cultural Pedagogy: Theoretical and Practical Issues (SST 510)

--Five elective courses (15 credits)

--Thesis or Applied Project (6 credits)


Start your application online at graduate.asu.edu/admissions.

In addition to the admissions requirements of ASU Graduate Admission Services (an earned bachelor's degree, the equivalent of a "B" average in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of coursework), applicants to the MA in Social and Cultural Pedagogy will submit:

a) a 2-3 page application letter describing their background and explaining why they want to study in this program.

b) a resume describing prior educational history and relevant work/volunteer experiences. 

All of the above materials can be uploaded via the ASU Graduate Admission Services online application site.

Official transcripts from every college or university where you have earned a bachelor's degree need to be mailed directly to the ASU Graduate Admission Services office at:

Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 871003
Tempe, AZ 85287-1003

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS, use this address:

Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

International applicants from a country whose native language is not English should list, if applicable, any English proficiency requirements that are higher or in addition to the Graduate Admission Services language requirements

No entrance exams or test scores are required of applicants to this degree program.

The priority application deadline for SPRING admission is September 15. Applications will be accepted until November 15 or until capacity is filled.  

The priority application deadline for FALL admission is January 15. Applications will be accepted until May 15 or until capacity is filled.  

For additional information, contact Daniel Schugurensky, professor of culture, society and education, dschugur@asu.edu, or Brianna Casillas, graduate advisor in the School of Social Transformation, brianna.casillas@asu.edu, 480-965-7682.