Master in Human Rights


Looking for more information on admissions and curriculum? Learn more about the master of human rights at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


This interdisciplinary degree program provides a grounding in diverse substantive and methodological approaches to the study and practice of human rights. Our program is designed to support emerging leaders who can draw upon many types of knowledge and experiences in a field that demands innovative responses to complex issues. Our master's students learn both theory and skills development from leading human rights scholars, thinkers, and activists. Meanwhile, coursework, internships, and capstone projects allow our students to gain field experience in applying strategic approaches to complex global and local issues.

The two-year master's program is jointly offered by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts. This collaboration brings together these schools’ highly regarded offerings in human rights and faculty expertise in fields ranging from non-governmental organization (NGO) management to global public policy.


Master's program admission is through the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Learn more about admissions.


The Master of Human Rights and the graduate minor in human rights both draw expertise from across the university.  Our core courses are:  

The master of human rights requires 45 semester credits. Twenty-two of these credits are split between core human rights and professional courses. The remaining 23 credits are dedicated to an individually tailored concentration, designed to meet each student's individual experiences and career goals. Learn more about the program curriculum and approved courses. Please direct curriculum questions and requests to

Our program builds hands-on experience through a 200-hour internship with a local, national, or international human rights organization. Learn more about our internship opportunities.
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