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11 Masters Programs in Humanitarian Assistance

The master’s degree is an advanced credential signifying that a student has achieved mastery over a field’s core skills and knowledge base. Pursuing one is often a way for professionals to distinguish their skill sets prior to making career advancements. What is a Master in Humanitarian Assistance? It is a graduate degree that builds on more general studies in public policy and emergen… Read more

The master’s degree is an advanced credential signifying that a student has achieved mastery over a field’s core skills and knowledge base. Pursuing one is often a way for professionals to distinguish their skill sets prior to making career advancements.

What is a Master in Humanitarian Assistance? It is a graduate degree that builds on more general studies in public policy and emergency management by teaching students the core skills needed to understand the best practices for providing humanitarian assistance outside of one’s own country. These skills may allow students to help direct institutional and practical resources effectively and to the best benefit of those affected by any kind of upheaval or disaster.

Completing a degree in humanitarian assistance means learning how to use resources effectively, mastering priority management, and understanding how to assimilate information from multiple sources. Those skills are not only useful in a humanitarian career, but they are also useful in life because they help people make better decisions more quickly.

The cost of a Master in Humanitarian Assistance is hard to predict. It depends a lot on the program’s format, as well as its location. Educational costs vary from country to country and school to school.

Graduates with degrees in humanitarian assistance are often sought out by NGOs and governments, as well as international corporations. Their expertise makes them prime candidates for project manager positions in disaster relief. They may also possess the ideal skill set for jobs as diplomats. In the private sector, they may be suitable for quality assurance technician and supervisor roles, in addition to project management roles.

Finding the right degree program is a matter of looking in the right locations. Check out online and brick-and-mortar programs, and remember that your best options might be available abroad. 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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Oxford Brookes University
Headington, United Kingdom

Our Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding MA is aimed at practitioners already working in these fields, but also those working in related areas.

Our Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding MA is aimed at practitioners already working in these fields, but also those working in related areas. -
MA
Part-time
30 months
English
Online
 
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Learn how to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters through this online master's course.

Learn how to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters through this online master's course. -
MSc
Part-time
3 - 5 years
English
Sep 2022
Online
 
University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education
San Diego, USA

Position yourself for leadership and success in the humanitarian field with a master’s degree you can earn online in just 20 months from the Kroc School of Peace Studies.

Position yourself for leadership and success in the humanitarian field with a master’s degree you can earn online in just 20 months from the Kroc School of Peace Studies. -
MSc
Part-time
20 months
English
06 Sep 2022
01 Aug 2022
Online
 

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SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MSc Humanitarianism, Aid & Conflict builds on the strength of existing expertise in violence, conflict and global development within the Department of Development Stud ... +

The MSc Humanitarianism, Aid & Conflict builds on the strength of existing expertise in violence, conflict and global development within the Department of Development Studies and SOAS in general. The programme is designed to provide students with analytical training and an in-depth understanding of the challenges of contemporary humanitarian aid, its interaction with conflict and development and new directions in the field. The programme presents students with comprehensive knowledge of the history of the architecture of aid in humanitarian contexts, key local, regional and international actors, and engages with theoretical, conceptual and policy debates relating to the political and logistical challenges of the global responses to conflict, natural disasters and complex emergencies, the diverse range of critiques that have been made of it, emerging innovations, context-specific challenges and agendas from the Global South. In this unique programme is specifically designed to allow students to focus on and develop a wide-ranging knowledge of the field and the tools to critically engage with the pressing questions of power dynamics, politics, accountability, security and access that are facing the humanitarian organisations, academics and local communities today. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
26 Sep 2022
Campus
 
IRIS Sup'
Paris, France

Crisis situations are multiplying and localizing, putting the actors of the emergency and post-emergency response to the test in terms of access, risk management and aid effec ... +

Crisis situations are multiplying and localizing, putting the actors of the emergency and post-emergency response to the test in terms of access, risk management and aid effectiveness. The operational path of the title Manager of international programs, allows students to develop a tactical dimension and significantly improve the impact of emergency and post-emergency programming. Graduates from this background will be able to act quickly and efficiently, to design and implement access tactics for the most vulnerable, to manage their team and their stress in an insecure, multicultural and complex environment. -
Master
Full-time
French
Sep 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University Of Savoie Mont Blanc
Chambéry, France

The training is geared towards professional immersion in direct relation with NGOs and international organizations via the organization by students of micro-projects to be car ... +

The training is geared towards professional immersion in direct relation with NGOs and international organizations via the organization by students of micro-projects to be carried out with local actors involved in solidarity. -
Master
Full-time
French
Campus
 
University of Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

The Master Programme in Humanitarian Action (HA) provides students with a broad education and training in international humanitarian action, in which both critical thinking an ... +

The Master Programme in Humanitarian Action (HA) provides students with a broad education and training in international humanitarian action, in which both critical thinking and research skills are emphasized. As part of the program, the students undertake two semesters of mobility, the second of which is an introduction to one's own research in a selected part of the world (Eastern Europe, Latin America, South-East Asia, South Africa, North America), continued during the preparation of the master thesis. -
MA
English
Campus
 
Hebrew University
Mexico City, Mexico

Develop leadership competence in the management of teams that manage activities in times of crisis. Our institution has developed, in conjunction with the National Disaster an ... +

Develop leadership competence in the management of teams that manage activities in times of crisis. Our institution has developed, in conjunction with the National Disaster and Emergency Assistance Committee, CADENA AC ., The Master’s Degree in Leadership for International Humanitarian Action, with the aim of transforming realities through the training. -
Master
Campus
 
Bond University
Robina, Australia

The Master of International Relations program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic ch ... +

The Master of International Relations program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels. -
Master
Full-time
English
Campus
 
The American University of Rome

AUR’s M.A. program in Peace Studies: Religions in Times of Conflict addresses the critical societal need of promoting the resolution of conflicts, intercultural, and inter-rel ... +

AUR’s M.A. program in Peace Studies: Religions in Times of Conflict addresses the critical societal need of promoting the resolution of conflicts, intercultural, and inter-religious dialogue. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Bond University
Robina, Australia

The Master of International Relations program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic ch ... +

The Master of International Relations program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels. -
Master
Full-time
Campus