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International Humanitarian Action

12 months
1593 USD/credit 50976 USD/year
1593 USD/credit 50976 USD/year
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A Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA) at Fordham University shapes humanitarians in the field to lead and transform international humanitarian response. Intensive courses, offered globally, challenge mid-career professionals to devise solutions alongside like-minded practitioners from around the world.


In a disaster, good intentions are not enough. To care for people at their most vulnerable, humanitarian aid workers need to take swift and mindful action. That makes on-the-ground skills and best practices absolutely critical.

The International Humanitarian Action program’s multidisciplinary approach equips humanitarians with the tools to respond thoughtfully and effectively in crises. Students at Fordham University apply theoretical learning in the classroom to the complex realities of humanitarian action to generate debate, gain knowledge, and craft solutions, emboldening them to put the innovative approaches they study throughout the program to practice in their own careers.


The MIHA program strives to enhance the skillsets and academic knowledge of humanitarian professionals who have worked in the field for at least five years. Students graduate with a unique, advanced degree that can propel them into management positions in the sector, as well as a growing network of fellow MIHA alums who are leading humanitarian action around the world. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Humanitarian Action
  • Humanitarian Resource Management and Administration
  • Information Management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation in Humanitarian Response
  • Cash, Commodities, and Services in a Humanitarian Response
  • Forced Migration: The Humanitarian Challenge of the Decade
  • Humanitarian Advocacy: Communicating the Need and Motivating the Response
  • Disaster Management
  • Leadership and Management in Humanitarian Assistance.
  • Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Humanitarian Operation
  • Security Management: Delivering Aid in Potentially Dangerous Situations
  • Education in Emergencies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA).
  • A statement of interest connecting the student's goals for the program with the expertise and activities of the degree, up to 500 words.
  • Official degree transcripts confirming prior degree conferral are required for all applicants, regardless of matriculation status. These should be ordered at least one month prior to the application deadline for your program of interest.
  • Resume/CV
  • Official GRE scores
  • Writing sample (5 - 20 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation (two of which must be academic, submitted directly by referees)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50976 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1593 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    50976 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1593 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 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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