Online Master of Arts in Social Justice and Human Rights

Turn your passion for social justice into a career through Arizona State University’s Master of Arts in social justice and human rights. In this online master's in human rights program, you’ll learn how to develop ethical and intellectually sound responses to issues affecting vulnerable populations. You’ll also learn the important skills needed to design future research projects and write grants.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 11

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 33

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What will I learn in this Master of Arts in social justice and human rights program?

As a student earning a master's in human rights and social justice, you’ll learn key issues, theories and applied practices related to areas like global justice and humanitarianism. You’ll also address how intersecting dimensions of social identity influence human rights, including gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationality.

Is a master's in human rights and social justice worth it?

 

Yes. In addition to helping you advance your career, earning a master's in human rights and social justice is a great way to determine what social justice and human rights issues you are most passionate about. To graduate from this program, you’re required to complete a wide range of thematic courses and a capstone e-portfolio. Not only does this allow you to build on existing knowledge and experience but it’s also a great way to deepen your understanding and gain new skills in the field of social justice and human rights. Required thematic courses include:

  • Gender-based violence and sex trafficking.
  • International law and organizations.
  • Migration, asylum and refugees.

Students in this program might also have opportunities to participate in original research focused on immigration. Learn more about this research.

What makes me a good candidate for this Master of Arts in social justice and human rights program?

 

The master's in social justice and human rights program strongly aligns with those who have previous experience in human rights and social justice. A general interest in these topics can support success in the program as well. However, the most important factor for interested students is a passion for understanding social injustice. As long as you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, you can apply to this program.

Does my master's in social justice say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured Master of Arts in social justice and human rights courses

The master's in social justice and human rights curriculum builds on your existing knowledge while encouraging you to focus on personally relevant issues and specific regions around the globe. This program includes eight core courses. You must also complete electives, which can be substituted with an ASU-approved internship or study abroad experience. The program culminates with an e-portfolio that showcases the abilities you’ve developed as a student. Featured courses include:


Core

Action Research in Social Justice and Human Rights


Core

Gender Based-Violence and Sex Trafficking


Core

Grant Writing for Social Justice and Human Rights


Core

International Law and Organizations


Core

Migration, Asylum and Refugees


Core

Problem-Based Seminar


Core

Pro-Seminar in Social Justice and Human Rights


Core

Research Methods


What can I do with a master's in human rights and social justice?

After earning a master's in human rights and social justice, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a variety of careers. Program graduates often hold important roles in nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations and international governmental organizations. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Grants manager

Humanitarian aid worker

International governmental organization professional

Nongovernmental organization professional

Nonprofit agency manager

Educators who emphasize giving back

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more.

Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Educators who emphasize giving back

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more.

Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Master's in human rights and social justice admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Application requirements

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Supporting the next generation of social justice and human rights leaders

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. 

#1


in innovation for 8 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

4


New College graduate programs offered completely online.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities. 

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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