Masters in Human Rights, Humanitarian Action and Related Disciplines

Explore purpose-driven master’s programs in human rights, humanitarian action, social justice, diplomacy and related disciplines. The master’s programs below will equip you with knowledge and skills to create positive change in the world. Whether you want to alleviate human suffering during conflict and disasters with a humanitarian masters, defend and protect people’s dignity with a human rights masters, engage in negotiations and conflict resolution with a master’s in diplomacy or fight inequalities with a masters in social justice.

M.A. in Human Rights

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
🚩 Germany
⌛ 18 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by June 30, 2022
The M.A. in Human Rights in Erlangen-Nuremberg provides an interdisciplinary approach to studying human rights in their legal, political and philosophical dimensions. Students from all over the world learn from experts in academia and practice who draw upon their experience as UN experts, in human rights NGOs and legal practice. In addition, students......

European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation

Global Campus of Human Rights
🚩 Italy
⌛ 10 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by April 19, 2023
The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is a one-year course aimed at educating up to 100 professionals annually in the field of human rights and democratisation. It provides the foundation for a career in national, international, governmental, inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations, as well as academic institu...

Master of Arts in Applied Human Rights

University of Applied Arts
🚩 Austria
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by May 15, 2022
The Vienna Master of Arts in Applied Human Rights was established in 2020 in reaction to present-day challenges generated by digitalisation, globalisation and neoliberalism. Global crises like the migration crisis, socio-economic inequalities, climate change or threats to data protection can only be exposed and confronted through an interdisciplinary discour...

Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy

University for Peace (UPEACE) and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
🚩 Costa Rica
⌛ 9 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 Blended, Online
▶ Apply by April 15, 2022
The Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic programme that will broaden student’s knowledge in the field of development studies, sustainability and diplomacy, and equip them with the required soft skills for a successful international career in any of these areas of expertise....

Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy

UOC / UNITAR
🚩 Online
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 Online
▶ Apply by September 30, 2022
This Master’s programme is designed to suit the needs of students and professionals interested in both developing essential knowledge for understanding international affairs, as well as strengthening their capacities in the practice of diplomacy. This Master’s Degree will allow diplomats, government officials, students and other stakeholders to upgrade their...

MSc Human Rights

The London School of Economics and Political Science
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by December 1, 2022
The MSc in Human Rights offered by the London School of Economics and Political Sciences is a multidisciplinary master program that connects theory and practice and teaches students about important philosophical, legal, and sociological issues linked to human rights....

Master Social Work as a Human Rights Profession

Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin
🚩 Germany
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 Blended
▶ Apply by March 1, 2023
Through a combination of research and practice, this master program offers an in-depth understanding on implementation of the idea of human rights in theory and practice of social work. This interdisciplinary program combines social sciences with standards and instruments of international human rights with a focus on the triple mandate of social work: world ...

Master's Degree Programme in International Law and Human Rights

Åbo Akademi University
🚩 Finland
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by January 19, 2023
Designed to prepare students for successful and challenging careers in international organizations, non-governmental organizations, legal practice, or public administration, this master program provides an in-depth understanding and knowledge of international and human rights law....

MA in Human Rights

University of London
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Part-time
🎓 Online
▶ Apply by January 13, 2023
This master program was designed and developed by the University of London in cooperation with leading human rights activists to produce and empower new generations of human rights professionals. The program is intended for those who wish to develop or enhance their careers in a range of professional settings within the human rights or humanitarian fields. ...

Master’s in Human Rights Education

University of San Francisco
🚩 United States
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by March 1, 2023
Master’s in Human Rights Education is a program that offers a rigorous human rights education in the community and classroom while being grounded in positive action and critical thinking. It aims to prepare graduates to teach about and tackle issues related of race, class, gender, religion, sexual identity, and nation....

Master in Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Utrecht University
🚩 Netherlands
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by April 1, 2023
Master in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is an international graduate selective program that combines the learning of theory with an in-depth case study analysis. During the courses, students learn about both the dynamics of violent armed conflicts and the problems linked to international and national humanitarian or military intervention by organizations...

MSc in Human Rights and Data Science

The American University of Paris
🚩 France
⌛ 18 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by February 1, 2023
This master program aims to prepare students to be able to tackle ethical questions with are at the forefront of today’s high-tech industries like artificial intelligence and data protection, while ensuring that developments in this area rather complement than impinge human rights protections....

MA Human Rights Studies

Columbia University
🚩 United States
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by March 10, 2023
The Human Rights MA offered by the Columbia University was established in 1998 by the Liberal Studies MA program was transferred to the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) in 2011. This master program, held at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, has an interdisciplinary nature and focuses on the academic study of human rights practice and th...

Master’s Program in Human Rights and Democracy

University College Stockholm
🚩 Sweden
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by January 22, 2023
The Master’s Program in Human Rights and Democracy is a two-year course that provides students with knowledge and equips them with skills in interdisciplinary human rights studies, with a special focus on correlation between democracy and human rights....

MSc Human Rights and Diplomacy

University of Stirling
🚩 Scotland
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by January 1, 2023
This program is the only human rights and diplomacy master program in the world designed and taught in partnership with the UN agency-the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The program is designed to teach students about the UN human rights institutions and the theory and practice of human rights law and politics. The program is taught by some ...

Human Rights MA

University College London
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by March 31, 2023
The Human Rights MA offered by the University College London is a program that provides students with the necessary skills to carry out human rights research. This is achieved through introducing students to policy, legal and philosophical issues and through encouraging them to engage in a critical way....

Theory and Practice of Human Rights

University of Oslo
🚩 Norway
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by March 1, 2023
This programme focuses on human rights in both theory and practice from legal, historical, philosophical, political and social science-based perspectives. Students are provided with specialised knowledge about human rights law, including the relationship between that law and other types of human rights initiatives and activities....

Master of Arts in Law: International Law and Human Rights

University of Tartu
🚩 Estonia
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by March 15, 2023
The School of Law at the University of Tartu offers a master’s program in International Law and Human Rights with provides comprehensive knowledge of regulations, principles, subjects and practice in the area of international law and human rights. The goal of the program is to provide a comparative perspective on the issues of international law and human rig...

Human Rights Studies

Lund University
🚩 Sweden
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by January 15, 2023
Our multidisciplinary research environment studies human rights in all their complexity, from historical, philosophical, ethical, political, and legal perspectives. We are particularly interested in human rights in society, their role in democratic and non-democratic political systems, and what it means for institutions to respect and promote human rights. ...

Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights

University of Saint Joseph
🚩 Lebanon
⌛ 10 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by February 28, 2023
The Master is a multidisciplinary programme offered by leading experts in the field and a consortium of universities including St Joseph University (Lebanon), the International University of Rabat (Morocco), Birzeit University (Palestine), University of Carthage (Tunisia), the University of Jordan (Jordan), the European Inter-University Centre (Italy), and a...

Master of Laws (LL.M) in Human Rights

University of Hong Kong
🚩 Hong Kong
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 Blended
▶ Apply by February 28, 2023
The Master of Laws (LL.M) in Human Rights Programme (‘Programme’) was established in 1999 in response to the growing demand for knowledge about human rights in the Asia-Pacific region. The Programme focuses on human rights issues of global concern, including in the Asia-Pacific region, and aims to foster an active learning environment....

MSt in International Human Rights Law

University of Oxford
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Part-time
🎓 Blended
▶ Apply by December 1, 2022
This part-time master’s program is designed for human rights advocates and lawyers who want to advance their education in the area of international human rights law, but still need to do so alongside work responsibilities....

Master of Human Rights

University of Minnesota
🚩 United States
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by September 1, 2022
The Master of Human Rights offered by the University of Minnesota is an interdisciplinary program supported by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts. It prepares students to tackle global human rights challenges through policy analysis, research, and advocacy....

Master of Arts in Human Rights

Gratz College
🚩 United States
⌛ 18 months
🕔 Part-time
🎓 Online
▶ Apply by December 15, 2022
The Gratz College M.A. in Human Rights prepares students for careers in NGOs and nonprofits, advocacy, disaster relief, government relations, public health, civil rights, and diplomacy. It is designed for those committed to social justice and the equality of all people, which is especially urgent in today’s troubled world. This online degree gives...

Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
🚩 Italy
⌛ 15 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by October 20, 2022
Designed to provide a deep understanding of human rights and conflict management in both theory and practice, this master program aims to prepare students coming from different cultures and backgrounds for future employment at non-governmental organizations, government agencies, humanitarian organizations, the UN agencies and regional organizations....

Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

Paris School of International Affairs
🚩 France
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by September 1, 2022
The Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action is an innovative master program that intertwines human rights and humanitarian action. It combines a blend of core social science practical and theoretical approaches and includes disciplines such as anthropology, history, sociology, and philosophy to human rights and humanitarians with ‘’an intent to decons...

MA Human Rights Law

SOAS University of London
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by June 30, 2022
The MA Human Rights Law offered by the SOAS University of London provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with relevant issues in this discipline. This MA program was designed to provide a specialization in a continually evolving area of law that deals with several issues relate to major present debates and developments. The program is taught by ...

Social Justice and Human Rights, MA

Arizona State University
🚩 United States
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by November 24, 2022
The Master program in Social Justice and Human Rights deals with emerging social issues such as human security, labor, children, family, education, migration and the environment. It is a rigorous theoretical and methodological program that tackles the social issues defined by gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nationality....

MA Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice

Keele University
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by November 30, 2022
The MA Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice offers students an opportunity to learn about human rights through an interdisciplinary approach and in the context of law, politics and philosophy. The program is designed for those working in related areas, such as law, government and public sector, social services, human resource management, and human rights ...

MA in Development and Human Rights

Swansea University
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by November 25, 2022
This master program is taught by some of the leading experts who apply political perspectives, legal theory and research development in the analysis of human rights and human development. The courses examine some of the most critical global issues in the current century through a combination of insights of international law, politics, and development studies...

MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice

SOAS University of London
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by December 1, 2022
The MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice offered by the SOAS University of London is designed for those working or intending to work in international organizations, international non-governmental organizations, advocacy groups and think tanks in the fields of rights, transitional justice and humanitarian assistance. ...

MA in International Law and Human Rights

University of Peace
🚩 Costa Rica
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 Blended
▶ Apply by December 1, 2022
The MA is International Law and Human Rights offered by the University for Peace provides students with an in-depth understanding of knowledge and understanding of the procedures and practice of international human rights bodies, including the UN and regional level....

Master in European Union Studies and Human Rights

Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia
🚩 Spain
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by November 30, 2022
The Master program in Social Justice and Human Rights deals with emerging social issues such as human security, labor, children, family, education, migration and the environment. It is a rigorous theoretical and methodological program that tackles the social issues defined by gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nationality....

Master of Human Rights

Auckland University of Technology
🚩 New Zealand
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by December 1, 2022
The Master of Human Rights offered by Auckland University of Technology is a unique program that attracts students from different backgrounds, such as communications, social sciences, and law. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and can open doors for future careers in international human rights organizations, policy agencies, non-governmental organiz...

Master of Human Rights

University of Manitoba
🚩 Canada
⌛ 16 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by September 22, 2022
The Master of Human Rights is an interdisciplinary program that trains students academically and practically for future careers in the area of human rights. The program was launched in 2019 and it is the first of this kind in Canada. It is executed in collaboration with multiple University of Manitoba faculties, including social work, arts and education, as ...

European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe

University of Sarajevo
🚩 Bosnia and Herzegovina
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by September 1, 2022
The European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA) is an interdisciplinary program coordinated by the University of Sarajevo, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the University of Bologna. Students attending this program have an opportunity to study in an international environment...

Master of Arts in Governance and Human Rights

Leuphana University Luneburg
🚩 Germany
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Part-time
🎓 Blended
▶ Apply by May 31, 2022
The master program in Governance and Human Rights connects the practical application with the theory of science. During seven modules, the students engage in analysis of political and legal theories of governance and regional and international human rights systems and their interconnectedness. The master is designed for students with professional experience ...

Master of Arts in Law with Specialization in Human Rights and Transitional Law

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
🚩 Israel
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by November 19, 2022
This program offers 20-25 academic courses taught and led by legal experts from Europe, North America and Israel. The courses mainly deal with international humanitarian law, counter terrorism law, international courts and tribunals, transitional justice, the law of the United Nations, legal aspects of the Middle East conflict, international criminal law, in...

Master of Arts in International Human Rights

University of Denver
🚩 United States
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by December 15, 2022
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 secu...

Master's Degree in Human Rights, Interculturality and Development

Universidad Internacional de Andalucía UNIA
🚩 Spain
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by May 31, 2022
In collaboration with the Pablo de Olavide Univeristy, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía launched a master program in Human Rights, Interculturality and Development, which sets out a comprehensive picture of the concept of human rights in Europe. The goal of the program is to connect international standards to international jurisprudence on human rights...

Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

Paris School of International Affairs
🚩 France
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 On-Campus
▶ Apply by September 1, 2022
The Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action is an innovative master program that intertwines human rights and humanitarian action. It combines a blend of core social science practical and theoretical approaches and includes disciplines such as anthropology, history, sociology, and philosophy to human rights and humanitarians with ‘’an intent to decons...

MSc Humanitarianism, Aid & Conflict

SOAS University of London
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 12 months
🕔 Full-time, Part-time
🎓 Online
▶ Apply by September 1, 2022
This masters programme builds upon the strength of SOAS' expertise in the field of violence and conflict and provides analytical training on the challenges of contemporary humanitarian aid provision. The programme will present you with a history of the architecture of aid in humanitarian contexts and engages with a set of debates relating to the political an...

MSc Humanitarian Action (online)

SOAS University of London
🚩 United Kingdom
⌛ 24 months
🕔 Part-time
🎓 Online
▶ Apply by September 30, 2022
How is humanitarian aid given? What is the difference between a refugee and a migrant? And how does the decolonising agenda sit within the humanitarian debate? This online degree engages critically with humanitarian principles and practice, delivering a fresh and innovative perspective on one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century....

Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy

International Anti-Corruption Academy
🚩 Switzerland
⌛ 18 months
🕔 Full-time
🎓 Blended
▶ Apply by August 22, 2022
The Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD) is a modular postgraduate academic degree programme delivered over 18 months, in a mixture of campus-based and online (live interaction), jointly by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Designed as an in-career programme, MACD h...