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Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights

10 months
4000 EUR/year
4000 EUR/year
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The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is a unique programme from Saint Joseph University of Beirut designed to meet the needs of students, professionals and experts who want to deepen their knowledge and develop their skills in the field of democratic governance and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. 

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The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights from Saint Joseph University of Beirut is supported by a growing network of partner universities from the region and beyond. The partnership is composed of the following academic institutions:

  • Saint Joseph University (Lebanon) as the coordinating University (Lebanon),
  • Birzeit University (Palestine),
  • International University of Rabat (Morocco),
  • University of Carthage (Tunisia)

The University of Jordan (Jordan) and the University of Cairo (Egypt) are currently in the process of joining ARMA. 


The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is:

  • An advanced course in the field of democracy and human rights;
  • A Master’s Degree from Saint Joseph University in cooperation with the partner universities;
  • An intensive learning experience with policy and action-oriented features;
  • Regional mobility with: one semester in Beirut and the other in another Arab country;
  • A supervised Master’s thesis in one of the partner universities;
  • The foundation for a successful career on national, international, and non-governmental levels.


The international academic staff brings together professors, experts and practitioners coming from over 10 countries and sharing with students their knowledge, professional experience and expertise.

The programme attracts students who are interested in understanding regional dynamics and country-specific socio-political trends across the Middle East and North Africa. It is also geared to professionals who want to back their experience in development, democratisation and human rights with solid scholarship.  


ARMA includes research-oriented courses and practical trainings in the field of human rights and democratisation. It attracts students, researchers and experts from the region and beyond, because of its comparative approach and its interdisciplinary character.

It offers cross-regional mobility, with one semester in Beirut (Lebanon), and another in one of the following universities: Birzeit University (Palestine), International University of Rabat (Morocco) and University of Carthage (Tunisia).

You will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and insights into the region and the master’s main thematics. The programme allows you to develop research and practical skills. It includes a week-long field trip and offers you the possibility of doing internships in leading national and international organisations across the region.

ARMA is a unique learning experience, rich in interdisciplinary content and academic activities and field-related work. It allows you to develop long-term relations across the region and beyond.

When and Where

The programme consists of two semesters:

  • The first semester

From September to January. It is comprised of four modules and takes place at Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

  • The Second Semester

From February to June, students are assigned to one of the partner universities. The second semester programme includes: lectures or seminars in their host universities and completion of dissertations which could be based on field and Internship work.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Legacy of Colonialism
  • Arab Political Thought
  • Democracy and Human Rights
  • Comparative Constitutional Systems
  • Political Parties and Pressure Groups in MENA
  • International Human Rights law and Protection Mechanisms in MENA
  • Vulnerable persons and groups Human Rights
  • Democratisation and Liberalisation
  • Transition Processes in the MENA

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 10 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

9th June 2020





The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights corresponds to 60 ECTS credits recognised Saint Joseph University, Beirut.


On Campus

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to apply for the ARMA applicants should have a minimum of or equivalent to 240 ECTS or equivalent.
  • Fluency in English is an admission requirement to the Programme. While not a prerequisite, the ability to understand lectures and read academic texts in Arabic and/or in French is a definite advantage that gives you better access to the field and specialised literature.
  • The entire application, including the motivation and the CV has to be submitted in English. 
  • It is necessary to include in the application at least one reference letter from one academic referee. Other reference letters, if applicants wish to include them in the application, can come from employers or supervisors.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 10 months.
  • National

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 10 months.


ARMA offers financial support in the form of a partial contribution towards living expenses and/or a full or partial tuition waiver. This type of financial support is awarded to a limited number of students on the basis of academic achievement, need and geographical distribution.

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Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights
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