M.S. Humane Studies

Madonna University

Program Description

M.S. Humane Studies

Madonna University

The Master of Science program in Humane Studies prepares leaders, consultants, and educators for newly-emerging positions in the cutting-edge field of humane studies, while drawing on the rich Franciscan tradition of Madonna University and the idea of the interconnectedness of social justice, sustainability, and animal protection.

It is designed for those who wish to work in a variety of professional settings (non-profit organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, churches, and educational institutions) geared toward developing practical solutions to current challenges affecting the well-being of people, the environment, and animals.

Madonna University is only the second university in North America to offer a graduate program of this kind. The program can be completed on-line.

Program Outcomes

Students completing the curriculum and requirements for the Master of Science program in Humane Studies at Madonna University will be able to:

  • analyze connections among current challenges to the well-being of people, animals, and the environment.
  • propose workable solutions to challenges in the areas of social justice, sustainability, and animal protection.
  • apply professional leadership skills within the field of humane studies.
  • use effective communicative and pedagogical skills applicable to professional roles in the field of humane studies.
  • apply professional skills to solve real-life problems in the areas of social justice, sustainability, and animal protection.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of solutions to problems proposed in humane studies.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Humane Studies is determined on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Possession of a bachelor degree from a regionally-accredited institution, with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (an average of less than 3.0 will be reviewed for conditional admission).
  2. Two completed recommendation forms from current supervisor or professional associates.
  3. Admission interview with the Director of the Humane Studies program.

For non-native speakers of English:

  1. A bachelor degree from an accredited institution, or its foreign equivalent as evaluated by World Education Services.

  2. Acceptable English test scores*:
  • Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) with a minimum score of 80; or
  • TOEFL score of 550 or higher accompanied by a TWE score of 5 or higher; or
  • MELAB score of 77 or higher on all parts; or
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Those candidates who do not meet the proficiency test criteria, but otherwise show potential, may be admitted conditionally to the program.

  1. Two completed recommendation forms from current supervisor or professional associates.

  2. Admission interview with the Director of the Humane Studies program.

*This requirement is waived for applicants from countries in which English is the native language (including Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand), or who have graduated from an American university.

Program Requirements (32 s.h.)

The program consists of 32 semester hours, which include either the Non-Profit Leadership Certificate (9 s.h.) or the Animal Cruelty Investigation Certificate (12 s.h.), and either an internship focused on developing professional skills or a research course for those interested in further academic work. Courses are offered in an on-line format periodically.

  • Humane Studies Core (17 s.h.)
  • Leadership Core (Non-Profit Leadership Certificate) (9 s.h.)
  • Criminal Justice Core (9 s.h.) (This core in conjunction with HUM 5110 constitutes the Animal Cruelty Investigation Certificate)
  • Electives (3 s.h.)
  • Capstone Experience (3 s.h.)

Application Deadline:

  • August 1 for overseas applicants, September 1 for applicants transferring within the US (To start: Fall Semester)
  • December 1 for overseas applicants (To start: Winter semester)
  • April 1 for overseas applicants, May 1 for applicants transferring within the US (To start: Spring/Summer semester)
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 22, 2015
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