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Human Rights

The City University of New York

12 months
855 USD/credit 30780 USD/year
855 USD/credit 30780 USD/year
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This new, professionally-oriented master’s program in Human Rights program at The City University of New York provides students with a thorough understanding of human rights law and theory and the practical skills necessary to translate this understanding into practice. 


Human Rights students at The City University of New York completing the program will be able to demonstrate understanding of substantive concepts in the scholarly and practical field of human rights, conduct methodological research, and engage in practice-oriented work, such as fact-finding, report-writing, media outreach, and advocacy.

Program graduates will be highly competitive for a variety of positions including public and media relations, fundraising, social science research, and legal support services.

Learning outcomes

The Master of Arts in Human Rights requires 36 credits of coursework, consisting of 8 required courses and 4 elective courses. Students should be able to complete the degree program in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

The program culminates for all students in HR 750, Advanced Seminar in Human Rights, in which students participate in collaborative research and advocacy with a human rights organization serving as a client, and produce a value added original policy paper to serve the organization’s needs.

Students also have the option of engaging in an internship or those with overall GPAs of 3.5, and an A- or better in ICJ 715 may write a thesis with the approval of the program director. Internships and theses can count toward elective credit.

Written and oral proficiency in a foreign language is strongly recommended, particularly for those interested in pursuing careers in international human rights. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Human Rights: Organizations and Institutions
  • Human Rights: International and Domestic Legal Frameworks
  • International Criminal Law
  • Philosophy of Human Rights
  • Human Rights Advocacy and Activism
  • Applied Research Methods in International Crime and Justice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or international equivalent) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Experience in human rights (research, internship, work, volunteerism)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview upon request
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who were educated in a country where English is not the official language must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    30780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.


  • Full-time - $5,545/semester
  • Part-time - $470/credit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 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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