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Human Rights Practice

Master of Arts


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 30
Cost Per Credit: $500

College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

The online master's degree in Human Rights Practice is a professionally oriented program designed to provide participants with the foundational knowledge, critical perspectives and practical skills to advance human rights around the globe. Students will help produce white papers, webinars, shadow reports and other forms of human rights work.

The curriculum is designed for individuals involved in human rights work across multiple disciplines, including activists and those working in non-governmental organizations. This degree may also be appropriate for governmental officials and individuals working in some corporations, and it is excellent for those intending to pursue Ph.D. programs or law school.

Our curriculum features applied problem-solving and extensive interaction, including video guest lectures and modules taught by leading practitioners. Each student will have the opportunity to complete an applied project or take course electives tailored to their own interests and based on current trends in human rights. The flexible online program will especially appeal to students from around the globe who are unable to travel to the U.S.

Visit the Human Rights Practice website to learn more about the programs available. 

The Master of Arts degree in Human Rights Practice requires 30 units to complete and can typically be completed in 18 to 24 months. The program allows up to 6 transfer credits.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The curriculum for this program includes:

HRTS 500: Advancing Human Rights
HRTS 501: Advancing Human Rights Organizations
HRTS 510: Advancing Human Rights Law


Earning your Master of Arts in Human Rights Practice will build core skills, including:

  • Marketing
  • Project management
  • Auditing
  • Finance
  • Data analysis
  • Social media
  • Process improvement
  • Accounting
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Workflow management

Graduates of the MA in Human Rights program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Specialist
  • News Analyst, Reporter, & Journalist
  • Legislator
  • Economist
  • Political Scientist
  • Historian
  • Sociologist
  • Supervisor
  • Technical Program Manager