Master of Arts in International Human Rights

The MA in International Human Rights provided by the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver teaches students to explore issues affecting human dignity while critically assessing institutions, norms, and processes designed to promote and protect human rights. This interdisciplinary program aims to connect human rights to security, humanitarian assistance, health, development, while putting an emphasis on both the theory and practice.

The core curriculum of the program consists of courses in history, foreign policy, laws, human rights theory, economic development and foreign policy. To advance their practical skills, students are offered an opportunity to undertake an internship in the US or in another country. The program maintains partnerships with Amnesty International, Free the Slave and the Aspen Institute, all of which offer internship opportunities. Students also have an opportunity to participate in various human rights research and advocacy projects through conferences, film series, research centers, and guest lectures. Upon graduating students usually find an employment in international nonprofits, international rights advocacy organizations, international aid agencies, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, the human rights legal profession and academia.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay (Prospective students should write a 500-750 words essay discussing an international issue they wish to address in their careers and how the Korbel school will prepare them to do so.)
  • CV

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