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Social Justice And Human Rights

George Mason University

12 months
1412 USD/credit
1412 USD/credit
524 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Social Justice And Human Rights concentration in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program from George Mason University is flexibly designed to allow you to focus your studies around the issues to which you are most committed.


At the same time, the Social Justice And Human Rights program from George Mason University provides a deep theoretical foundation for understanding the social, political, cultural, historical, and economic implications of an array of social injustices and human rights issues.  It emphasizes a global and intersectional approach while engaging students in imagining and applying strategies for creating and sustaining a more equitable, just, and humane world.

You will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty who combine contemporary theoretical and philosophical frameworks--such as intersectionality theory, queer theory, and critical race theory--with the knowledge and strategies of past and present change-makers.  Faculty are engaged in social justice work worldwide, including in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and in our own community.

In addition to taking a small number of core courses, you will have the opportunity to shape your program around your social justice and human rights interests. Current and former students have focused on issues such as racial justice, educational rights, (dis)ability rights, indigenous rights, animal rights, the abolition of human trafficking. Others have focused on regional contexts such as the Middle East, Central Europe, East Africa, or Central America.

Students may choose to complete either an applied project, a traditional research thesis, or a research article for publication on a topic of their interest.

Career options:

The Washington, D.C., area is a strategic place to study social justice and human rights. You will have opportunities to meet and work with activists and organizations who are putting contemporary understandings of social change into action.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • MAIS ProSeminar
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Social Justice and Equity in International Education
  • Access and Social Justice
  • Animal Rights: Issues and Movements
  • Representations of Race
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
  • Feminist Theories across the Disciplines

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    524 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 524 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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