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Humanitarian Assistance, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #139 (WUR) Medford, MA, United States
The Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) is a one-year joint degree offered by the Friedman School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The program is geared toward mid-career professionals who have significant field experience in humanitarian assistance.


The program offers an academic setting where professionals can develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social development as they relate to humanitarian action in complex emergencies and other disasters. Practitioners study, read about, reflect on, and write about humanitarian theories, programs, and policies.

Educational Mission

The mission of the MAHA program is to provide an academic setting for humanitarian practitioners seeking to develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social analysis. The one-year program provides an opportunity for practitioners to study, read, reflect and write about current issues and trends of in humanitarian theories, programs and policies as they relate to famines, complex emergencies and other disasters..

The Need

Major shifts have occurred in the field of disaster interventions over the past several years. Humanitarian assistance constituted a web of responses that change and evolve over time, in complex socio-economic and political situations. The emergencies in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Kosovo, Rwanda, Somalia, and Sudan have posed major challenges to development and relief theory and approaches. There is growing appreciation of humanitarian assistance as an independent field rather than an appendage to development studies, and a growing need for innovative analysis and research on new models for effective humanitarian assistance.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Humanitarian Issues
  • Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies
  • Nutrition in Complex Emergencies
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition Science
  • Statistical Methods for Nutrition Policy
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Nutrition, Food Security, and Development
  • Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Nutrition in the Life Cycle
  • Humanitarian Studies in the Field

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Application Fee - The application fee of $75 is payable through the online application by credit card or e-check (drawn on a US bank).
  • Academic Records 
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Personal Statement - You are required to upload a personal statement describing your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study at Tufts. Please limit your personal statement to a maximum of five pages.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 
  • Additional Requirements - Applicants to the graduate program are expected to have a degree at the level of Bachelor or Master in chemical engineering. Requirements include a basic knowledge of physics and calculus, particularly differential equations. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44904 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44904 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    44904 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44904 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Medford

  • 1458 - 3020 USD/month
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