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5 Top Master Degrees in Humanitarian Action

Humanitarian action is about saving lives and alleviating suffering caused by conflict and natural disasters. We have compiled 5 Master degrees in Humanitarian Action around the world for your consideration.

Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict (Uppsala University)

Uppsala University in Sweden offers a Master of Theology degree in Humanitarian Action and Conflicts. Students spend one year on campus completing the necessary course requirements and conducting independent research that culminates in a master’s dissertation. Required courses for the program include Introduction to Humanitarian Action, Anthropology in Humanitarian Action, International Law in Humanitarian Assistance, Geopolitics, Public Health in Humanitarian Action, Management and Conflict and Peace-Building. To qualify for admission, students must show demonstrated fluency in English and have a bachelor’s degree. A statement of purpose is also required for admission to the program.

Humanitarian Action (Ruhr University Bochum)

Ruhr University of Bochum in Germany offers a Master of Arts degree in Humanitarian Action through a partnership with the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). This intensive multi-disciplinary program requires 24 months to complete. Students are free to specialize in one of the following fields: Humanitarian action management, Humanitarian international law, International relations in humanitarian action, Public health/medicine in humanitarian action, Anthropology in humanitarian action or International organizations in humanitarian emergencies. A master’s degree dissertation based on independent research is required for each concentration. To be considered for admission, students must hold a bachelor’s degree in law, medicine, international relations, political science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, management, economics, geography, communications or a closely related field.

Master of International Humanitarian Action (Fordham University)

Fordham University in New York City, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in International Humanitarian Action. The program is designed for a completion as a full-time course of study over the course of two years. Students take courses on a wide range of topics, including Current Humanitarian Issues, Vulnerable Populations and Migration, Humanitarian Logistics, Community Participation in Emergency Response, Humanitarian Negotiation, Leadership & Management of Humanitarian Action, Accountability in Humanitarian Action, Ethics of Humanitarian Assistance and Strategic Issues in Humanitarian Affairs. Prospective students must have a bachelor’s degree, a strong academic history and three letters of recommendation for admissions consideration.

Humanitarian Action (University of Dublin)

The University College of Dublin in Ireland offers a Master of Science degree in Humanitarian Action through a partnership between the school’s Centre for Humanitarian Action and the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). Experiential learning plays a major role in the program with students having an opportunity to participate in field placements abroad and humanitarian simulations on campus. The program requires three semesters to complete and includes coursework in public health, geopolitics, law and sociology. Completion of a master’s thesis is also required. To qualify for admission, students must hold a bachelor’s degree and submit a letter of motivation.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA+)

University College of Dublin in Ireland offers a Joint Master of Science degree program in International Humanitarian Action with the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). Students spend the first semester taking courses in Warsaw, Poland, and the second semester in residence at the Dublin campus. During the third semester, students will have the opportunity to study at a faltering European university. The final two semesters of the program are devoted to elective courses and completing a master’s thesis on the Dublin campus. Admission into the program is highly competitive. Only those with a strong undergraduate academic record will be considered.

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