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.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 11
Weeks per class: 7.5
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.
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:
Action Research in Social Justice and Human Rights
Gender Based-Violence and Sex Trafficking
Grant Writing for Social Justice and Human Rights
International Law and Organizations
Migration, Asylum and Refugees
Pro-Seminar in Social Justice and Human Rights
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:
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.
Supporting the next generation of social justice and human rights leaders
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