Master in Human Rights Education

University of San Francisco - School of Education

Program Description

Master in Human Rights Education

University of San Francisco - School of Education

The Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE) Program provides a unique opportunity to understand and address deep-rooted social and educational inequities through the lens of critical Human Rights Education.

"Human Rights Education is both a lens through which to observe the world and a methodology for teaching and leading others" (Amnesty International).

Distinctive Program Features

  • The only opportunity in the US to receive a Master’s degree in Human Rights Education.
  • Rich in-class learning experiences with expert faculty blended with opportunities for practical work in schools and community organizations in the Bay Area.
  • Pedagogy aimed at addressing inequities based on race, class, gender and nation.

“What I most appreciate about the MA in HRE program are my fellow classmates. The classroom experience is full of diversity, rich experiences and perspectives. Professors provide a safe space and thought-provoking material that allows for dialogue and discussion that further delves into the complicated and important issues that need addressing.I would tell a prospective or new HRE-MA student to take advantage of all the wonderful resources and opportunities that the program has to offer. The program, for me, has become more than just a schooling experience, but an experience that has allowed me to become a part of a community that shares similar passions and is actively working to make the human rights vision a reality.” - Sabrina James, Human Rights Education MA Alumna

MA in Human Rights Education Program Structure

The Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE) consists of 30 credits from the following courses.

Program Curriculum | 30 credits total

Requirements include 15 credits of core coursework, 9 credits of elective coursework, and 6 credits of Culminating Project. All classes are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.

HRE Foundations Courses | 9 credits

  • Foundations of Human Rights Education
  • International Human Rights Law for Educators
  • Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis

HRE Topic Courses | 9 credits (select 3 of 4 courses)

  • Social Movements and Human Rights
  • Gender and Globalization
  • Immigration and Forced Displacement
  • Tools for Human Rights Practice (Summer)

HRE Electives | 6 credits (select 2 courses)

  • Research in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
  • Multiculturalism in a Global World
  • Urban Education
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Identity
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Cross-Cultural Literacy
  • Critical Contemporary Issues (Summer)

Culminating Project | 6 credits

  • Methodology of Educational Research
  • IME MA Thesis/Field Project

Entry Requirements

  • Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee.
  • One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
  • MA and Credential applicants: Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Two current, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work.
  • Current résumé.
  • A Statement of Intent

All applicants should address the following prompt in their application: 'Outline the purpose for seeking admission to the specific School of Education graduate program being chosen; include career and academic goals.'

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Financial Resources

Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students.

In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full time job while earning their credential, master’s or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday.

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This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 13, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,130 USD
Start date Aug. 2017
USA San Francisco, California
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Duration 2 years
Price 1,130 USD
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Day in the Life - Nina Torres, MA Human Rights Education