Masters Programs in Human Rights

Compare 18 Masters Programs in Human Rights

To earn a master's degree, you will need to complete a bachelor's degree first. Schools that offer this advanced degree report it takes two years, on average. This advanced degree can take longer if you attend classes part-time while working.

What is a Master in Human Rights? This field of study looks at human outcomes given different situations and determines what result is best for humanity. Focuses within this field can be on theory or implementation. Specific subjects include social exclusion, diversity, children's rights and gender equality. Many programs include doing work in the field to better understand the direct impact of specific humanitarian efforts.

Some skills you may acquire while pursuing this degree include social sensitivity, emotional coping mechanisms and communication. These are important when dealing with human crisis whether in your own life or working in human rights.

There are multiple factors to consider when budgeting for your master's degree. These include how long you plan on studying, the books you will need and the cost of living in your school's location. To cover these costs, find out if the schools you are considering offer stipends for their graduate students.

With this degree, there are multiple sectors you can search for employment. Many of these are international in nature, such as international media, foreign trade and international regulations. Some of these are within government while others are public. Non-international positions could be found in consulting, research and activist groups. Use "human rights," "equality" and "social justice" as keywords while conducting a job search to see how prevalent positions like this are.

Schools with a human rights program are found all over the world, so decide where you want to study online when conducting your search. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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Master of Global Human Development (MGHD)

Georgetown University - SFS - School of Foreign Service
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Washington

Master of Global Human Development (MGHD) prepares students—through coursework, co-curricular activity, and a summer field assignment—to understand the challenges of development and provides them with the tools and experience to address those challenges as successful professionals. [+]

The Master of Global Human Development is an innovative, academically rigorous skills-based graduate program that is designed to prepare the next generation of development professionals to work with public sector agencies, private businesses, and non-profit organizations involved in the sector. Through coursework, extra-curricular activity and a practical fieldwork experience students understand the challenges of development and develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to become leaders in their field and make a difference in our global community.

About the Program

One billion people today still live in extreme poverty. Reducing world poverty and promoting growth and development in poor countries are among the major challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Bringing about this change has never been more urgent or more prominent in public discourse on international relations, or in the priorities of graduate students considering their future careers.... [-]


European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA)

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 Italy Venice

E.MA offers you a unique learning and human experience through this intensive one-year Master’s programme articulated in two semesters: a First Semester in Venice (Italy), and the Second Semester in one of the 41 partner universities in the EU. [+]

Admissions to the 2018/2019 edition of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) are open: first deadline – 22 January 2018, second deadline - 15 March 2018. EMA was created with the support of the European Union and 41 participating universities from all the EU member states.

The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). It is an intensive one-year course aimed at educating 90 professionals annually in the field of human rights and democratisation. The Master’s Degree is also an action and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives with skill-building activities, and in-depth study of the following areas: Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Standards; Human Rights in Context: Historical, Philosophical, Religious and Anthropological Perspectives; Globalisation, Development and Human Rights; Building and Protecting Democracy; Human Rights, Peace and Security.... [-]


Master in Migration Studies (MIMS)

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco Mexico Buenavista + 2 more

The Master of Arts in Migration Studies is a two-year, 31-unit program that begins each fall. Students are given the option to study at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (classes are conducted in English) during the second semester, but an identical curriculum is offered at USF. Students who study in Mexico City return to USF for their second year. The program consists of five core courses, four special topics courses, and four research seminars. Summer fieldwork and immersion trips are available, including opportunities offered worldwide by the more than 200 Jesuit universities and Jesuit-affiliated institutes and social service agencies. [+]

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Migration Studies is a two-year, 31-unit program that begins each fall. Students are given the option to study at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (classes are conducted in English) during the second semester, but an identical curriculum is offered at USF. Students who study in Mexico City return to USF for their second year. The program consists of five core courses, four special topics courses, and four research seminars. Summer fieldwork and immersion trips are available, including opportunities offered worldwide by the more than 200 Jesuit universities and Jesuit-affiliated institutes and social service agencies.

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Master Social Work as a Human Rights Profession

Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Germany Berlin

The Alice Salomon Hochschule - University of Applied Sciences - in Berlin, Germany, offers the postgraduate program Master of Arts in Social Work as a Human Rights Profession (MA-SWHR). [+]

MA - Social Work as a Human Rights Profession

The Alice Salomon Hochschule -UniversityofApplied Sciences- in Berlin, Germany, offers the postgraduate program Master of Arts in Social Work as a Human Rights Profession (MA-SWHR). The program is realized in cooperation with:

Centrum for Post gradual Studies of Social Work, Berlin. Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Malmö University, Department of Social Work. University of Gothenburg, Department of Social Work. University of Ljubljana, Department for Social Justice and Inclusion. University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences.

Why a program in “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession”?

In recognition of the importance of the global and transnational dimension of social work increasingly discussed with normative references to human rights, the MA-SWHR offers the qualification to cope with the issues and problems linked to the triple mandate of social work – on the local, national and international level.... [-]


Master's Programme in International Law and Human Rights

Åbo Akademi
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Finland Turku

This two-year programme is designed to prepare its graduates for challenging careers in international and non-governmental organisations, public administration and academia, in the field of human rights law or another field of public international law [+]

Degree awarded: Politics Magister - Master of Social Sciences Annual intake: 20 Contact: hrm-coordinator@abo.fi Website: www.abo.fi/en/study-programme/the-masters-degree-programme-in-international-law-and-human-rights/

This two-year programme is designed to prepare its graduates for challenging careers in international and non-governmental organisations, public administration and academia, in the field of human rights law or another field of public international law. The programme consists of the following modules:

Compulsory courses in international law and human rights (40 credits) of which 20 credits are common for all students. In addition, students must study 20 credits in public international law. These courses may belong to the area of international human rights law, international refugee law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, general international law, or any other field of public international law. A research seminar and a Master's thesis (40 credits). Elective specialisation (20 credits) in one freely chosen subject, within public international law or any other subject at Åbo Akademi University. Free elective studies (20 credits) which need not be in one subject only. ... [-]

Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law

The University of Oklahoma - College of Law
Online Part time 2 - 2 years August 2019 USA Norman

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Program at OU Law offers a graduate program for those seeking to gain a stronger understanding of legal issues with indigenous and Native American peoples. [+]

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Program at OU Law extends the school’s longstanding history of excellence and expertise in indigenous peoples law and energy and natural resources law. This master’s degree allows students seeking a legal knowledge in indigenous peoples law to gain that knowledge in less time than the three years of full-time study required to earn a Juris Doctor degree. MASTER OF LEGAL STUDIES IN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES LAW (ONLINE) Located in the heart of the original Indian Territory, OU Law provides an ideal environment for the study of Native American law and issues concerning indigenous peoples. Oklahoma contains nearly forty tribal nations and the second largest Native American population in the United States. Given their presence and the history of the region, Indian law affects virtually all areas of legal practice, making it a vibrant and growing field. The MLS in Indigenous Peoples law can be completed online in two years of part-time study. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS To qualify for admission to the Master of Legal Studies program, applicants must have earned their bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation. In addition to having an undergraduate degree, those admitted must have strong letters of recommendation and leadership potential. Applicants are urged to submit their application and supporting documents as soon as possible to receive priority review for August enrollment. ADMISSION DECISIONS The MLS Admissions Committee will carefully examine all parts of the application with plans to announce decisions as soon as possible. The committee operates under a rolling admission process,... [-]


Master in European Union Studies and Human Rights

UCAM Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia
Campus Full time Part time 1 year October 2018 Spain Murcia Spain Online + 2 more

The Master's in European Union Studies and Human Rights represents an innovation in the educational field. Its support of a face-to-face formation, the active involvement of students of various nationalities, combined visits to European institutions and the mixed approach of the provided training makes UCAM’s Master's in EU Studies and Human Rights a rigorous, innovative and top quality program. [+]

The Catholic University San Antonio (UCAM) has a large team of researchers that are specialized in European constitution & legislation and come from various responsibility backgrounds. It is their knowledge and expertise that converge in this Master's Degree, providing students with an interdisciplinary program, which allows them to gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of the European Union. Our academic staff is also composed of a large number of civil servants and consultancy experts involved in the daily practice of the European Union.

The Master's in European Union Studies and Human Rights represents an innovation in the educational field. Its support of a face-to-face formation, the active involvement of students of various nationalities, combined visits to European institutions and the mixed approach of the provided training makes UCAM’s Master's in EU Studies and Human Rights a rigorous, innovative and top quality program. Moreover, the postgraduate degree also includes a work placement in a real company or institution of at least 250 hours in duration.... [-]


Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months July 2019 New Zealand Hamilton

The Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies examines the issues which produce various related social norms and sets out to produce practitioners who challenge them. The programme explores contemporary theories, methodologies and practices related to the broad field of disability and inclusion studies. [+]

Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies

The Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies examines the issues which produce various related social norms and sets out to produce practitioners who challenge them. The programme explores contemporary theories, methodologies and practices related to the broad field of disability and inclusion studies.

This programme is known for its grounding in a social justice model of inclusive community and educational practice and is relevant for a variety of professionals working in community organisations and schools, and those concerned with disability advocacy and rights.

Studying the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies (MDInS) you'll gain a stronger understanding of social life and the differences between us, and challenge current approaches used in the education sector and beyond.... [-]


Master in International Law and Human Rights

University of Tartu
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Estonia Tartu

The program provides comprehensive knowledge of the principles, regulations, subjects, and practice of international law and human rights. [+]

International Law and Human Rights is a 2-year master's program providing comprehensive knowledge of the principles, regulations, subjects, and practice in the field of international law and human rights.

Why study international law and human rights? Students obtain comprehensive knowledge in the field of international law and human rights. The program aims to provide a good comparative perspective on the issues of international law and human rights, relying on our historical experience and geographical position — Estonia is located where the “West” and the “East” meet. Practice is a compulsory component of the program. The School of Law is one of the oldest faculties of the University of Tartu, where lawyers have been educated since the university was founded in 1632. Our alumni form 87% of the attorneys-at-law, 95% of the prosecutors and nearly all of the judges in Estonia. Also, Estonia’s previous and current judges at the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union obtained their degrees at the University of Tartu. Studies take place in the capital, Tallinn, where various international organizations and relevant state institutions are located. Students can take part in Martens Summer School on International Law. The summers school addresses current developments and challenges in international law and human rights and involves internationally renowned speakers, e.g. Bruno Simma, Christian Tomuschat, Angelika Nussberger, Alexander Trunk. ... [-]

Master in International Migration and Ethnic Relations

Malmö University
Campus Full time 1 year August 2019 Sweden Malmö

The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies. [+]

The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies.

What makes International Migration and Ethnic Relations unique?

This master's programme teaches you how to conduct in-depth analysis, evaluate policies and criticise and critique migration-related policies.You should expect research-based training and an interdisciplinary outlook that links social sciences with humanities.... [-]


Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights

Saint-Joseph University - Political Science Institute
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Lebanon Beirut

The Arab Master is a unique one-year cross-regional programme. It is an intensive advanced course on Human Rights and Democracy with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. The programme spans over two semesters across the Arab World: one semester in Beirut and another in one of the partner Arab university. [+]

Interested in boosting your career in the field of Governance?

The Arab Master is unique one-year cross-regional programme. It is an intensive advanced course on Human Rights and Democracy with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. The programme spans over two semesters across the Arab World: one semester in Beirut and another in a partner Arab university. The programme has a special focus on the politics within the Arab region and allows direct access to research in Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon.

The Arab Master is growing network of academics and practitioners working within the Global Campus on Human Rights and is linked to six other regional masters across the world.... [-]


Master in Human Rights

Nakhchivan State University
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 Azerbaijan Nakhchivan

The specialty of Law was established in 1996 at NSU. 50 students were accepted to full-time and part-time departments of Law specialty in the same year. [+]

Master in Human Rights

The specialty of Law was established in 1996 at NSU. 50 students were accepted to full-time and part-time departments of Law specialty in the same year.

The chair of Law subjects was organized in 1997 at Nakhchivan State University. Fakhraddin Nagiyev was the first head of the chair. The experienced lawyer, candidate on Law Subjects Najaf Orujov replaced him in 2001. The assistant-professor Shukur Mammadov was selected as the head of the chair from 2004. Ph.Doctor of Law Gahraman Behbudov leads from 2006.

14 staff work in the chair, one of them is a Ph.doctor, 2 are Ph.doctor on History, 4 are senior teachers, 7 are teachers. In addition, 5 teachers teach part-time, 6 teachers teach per-hour.... [-]


Master Governance and Human Rights

Leuphana University of Luneburg
Campus Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years October 2018 Germany Berlin Lüneburg + 2 more

The Master’s Programme in Governance and Human Rights connects the theory of science with its practical application. Students learn to use good governance principles to protect human rights. The programme primarily uses e-learning tools and is also designed for professional students. [+]

The Master’s Programme in Governance and Human Rights connects the theory of science with its practical application. In seven modules, the students will learn to analyze and understand legal and political theories of governance and international and regional human rights regimes and how they are interrelated. The students and scholars of the Master of Governance and Human Rights will design, plan, organize, and realize their own project addressing a practical challenge related to the field of governance and human rights.

As the programme is designed for students from all over the world, it primarily takes place on the internet using online learning tools. There are three mandatory classroom session lasting two weeks each (at the start of the programme, after one year and in the end after two years) which take place in Berlin and Lüneburg.... [-]


Master’s degree in Human Rights and the Ethics of International Cooperation ( taught in Italian )

University Of Bergamo
Campus Full time October 2018 Italy Bergamo

The Master Degree in Human Rights and the Ethics of International Cooperation is the result of a teaching collaboration between the following Departments: Law; Letters and Philosophy; Management, Economics and Quantitative Methods, and it is strictly related to the University Research Center for International Cooperation. [+]

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere (Martin Luther King) Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world (Nelson Mandela)

The Master Degree in Human Rights and the Ethics of International Cooperation is the result of a teaching collaboration between the following Departments: Law; Letters and Philosophy; Management, Economics and Quantitative Methods, and it is strictly related to the University Research Center for International Cooperation.

This Master Degree Program seeks to provide graduates with intellectual tools and practical skills required to function in a multi-faceted and contradictory world of international cooperation. In this global context, strong inequalities between rich and poor countries persist, where institutions, the management of resources and living conditions cannot guarantee the most elementary human rights. The program deals with these problematic issues.... [-]


MicroMasters Program in Human Rights (Curtin University)

edX
Online 36 weeks January 2019 USA Cambridge

Learn about human rights as a multidisciplinary field from history to activism, development, and more. [+]

Average Length: 12 weeks per course Effort: 8-10 hours per week, per course Number Of Courses: 3 Courses in Program Subject: Humanities, Social Sciences Institution: Curtin University Institution Offering Credit: Curtin University Language: English Video Transcripts: English Price (USD): Free to try or pursue the MicroMasters credential for $900

Learn about human rights as a multidisciplinary field from history to activism, development, and more.

Enrich your understanding of human rights ideas and practices at local, national and international levels throughout this series of courses from Curtin University. Human Rights Theory and Philosophy Explore what is meant by human rights through learning about the development of the conventional understanding of universal human rights as well as some of the major critiques of the concept. Human Rights and Development Discover why a critical understanding of development is paramount to addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, indigenous rights and issues of social justice. Activism, Advocacy, and Change Learn about the role of social movements, advocacy groups and activism in bringing about social change. The series is multidisciplinary and will benefit anyone wanting to begin or advance their career across a broad range of disciplines. Gaining an awareness of contemporary issues in human rights is important in professions such as education, health, law, social work, and development work, both in the public and private sector. You can also benefit from human rights knowledge in a voluntary capacity, advocating social justice, peace or building a sustainable future. Successful completion of all three verified courses (in addition... [-]