Graduate Certificate in Human Rights

A graduate certificate in human rights offers students the opportunity to develop a competency in human rights theory and practice by taking courses taught by expert faculty from across UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, and School of Social Work.


The program requires a minimum of 12 credits (1 core course and 3 electives). We recommend that students begin with their core courses, before moving on to electives. Core courses cover the main historical, philosophical and legal questions in human rights. Elective courses allow students to branch out into the various subfields of human rights such as indigenous and cultural rights, economic rights, and human rights in Latin America and Europe. Certificate courses do not require prerequisites, except for Advanced Constitutional Law, as indicated.

How to Apply

CLAS, Neag, and SSW students, please apply to our graduate certificate program via The Graduate School’s application.
Detailed instructions can be accessed here.


Law students, please apply to our graduate certificate program by emailing the interim Law School Certificate Coordinator Professor Richard Wilson.
Detailed instructions can be accessed here.


If you have questions, please reach out to our educational program coordinator, Alyssa Webb.


To graduate at the end of:

  • Fall semester, submit your application by July 1.
  • Spring semester, submit your application by November 1.

Please note:

  • Students must accept admission and be matriculated to the graduate certificate program prior to the first day of the semester in which they plan to graduate to ensure a timely conferral of the certificate. Late applications will result in the certificate being conferred at a later date, and may face additional administrative fees.
  • J.D. students may apply at any time, but are encouraged to apply in their second year to facilitate course planning and communication about human rights programming and professional opportunities.


A complete listing of our graduate courses and course requirements for the graduate certificate can be viewed on our Course Offerings page.

Course substitution requests are considered on a case-by-case basis by our Graduate Advisory Committee. To request a course substitution, please fill out the Request for Course Substitution Form and email it to, along with the syllabus for the course and any additional course materials you would like the committee to consider as they make their decision.

Prepare for Graduation

In order to graduate with your certificate, you must:

  1. Submit your plan of study to the Graduate School no later than the 4th week of the semester in which you intend to graduate. Download a plan of study form for CLAS, Neag, SSW or the School of Law Your plan of study should be:
    • Reviewed and signed by the graduate education coordinator for your discipline
    • Submitted to the Graduate School (CLAS, NEAG, SSW) or Registrar (Law School)
    • Shared with the Human Rights Institute for our records
    • Retain a copy for your records.
  2. Apply for graduation during your final semester via the Student Administration System.

Note: Your plan of study for a graduate certificate in human rights is distinct from the plan of study you will submit for your primary degree program.

Graduate Certificate Advisor

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Alyssa Webb

Educational Program Coordinator, Human Rights Institute