Master of Arts in Human Rights

The Human Rights Institute offers a master of arts (MA) in human rights to advance participants’ knowledge of human rights as both an academic and professional field, hone students’ critical inquiry skills, and ultimately become competitive candidates for professional positions in industry, government, education, and non-profit sectors.

 

There are two paths to the successful completion of a master of arts in human rights at UConn:

4+1 Accelerated Master of Arts Program

Our 4+1 program enables UConn students to complete their bachelor’s degree and MA in human rights in five years. Through the program, students take graduate-level coursework that goes toward their MA at no additional cost to their undergraduate tuition.

Eligibility

UConn students apply during their junior year and begin taking graduate courses during their senior year.

Deadlines

Interested students should apply for the 4+1 Accelerated Program by July 27, 2022 to be considered for Fall 2022 enrollment.

Two-Year Master of Arts Program

The two-year path to an MA in human rights is the perfect fit for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, and are interested in pursuing graduate coursework in the field of human rights.

Eligibility

Students with a bachelor’s degree from any accredited higher education institution are eligible to apply.

Deadlines

Interested students should apply for the Master’s Program in Human Rights by Wednesday, July 27th, 2022 to be considered for Fall 2022 enrollment.

Coursework

The 30-credit program structure integrates academic coursework on human rights with professional work experience opportunities that enhance applicants' professional portfolios in preparation for the job market. The credits break down as follows:

  • 12 common core credits
  • 3-credit Human Rights Practicum (200 hours)
  • 15 elective credits:
    • Minimum of 6 foundational elective credits
    • 9 additional elective credits drawn from either the Foundational Elective or Supplementary Elective lists.

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

Students in the 4+1 program may count up to 12 credits (four 3-credit classes) of approved graduate coursework towards both undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) plans of study.

The common core credits provide students with knowledge of the theoretical foundations of human rights, insight into the challenges of defending and promoting human rights, and guided instruction on how to ethically and reliably conduct human rights research and practice.

Our Human Rights Practicum ensures program participants gain substantive professional experience while pursuing their degree. It provides students with human rights-based problem solving experiences related to their career goals.

The capstone Human Rights Practice Lab asks students to develop and execute a human rights research project under the supervision of faculty. The project will be oriented toward solving a real-world problem and may grow out of the student’s practicum experience.

How to Apply to the 4+1 Program

Applicants are required to submit: 

  1. Personal statement (maximum 750 words, 1 inch margins, standard font such as Arial or Times New Roman)  that addresses the following questions:
    1. Why do you want to earn a master’s degree in human rights and what particular topical interests do you have within the human rights field?
    2. How have your academic training, work/internships, and relevant life experiences prepared you to be successful in this program?
    3. How will his program further your career goals? 
  2. Resume 
  3. Unofficial transcript 
  4. Two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and commitment to human rights

To apply:

  1. Access The Graduate School’s application
  2. Create an account
  3. Create a new application
    1. Confirm your personal information
    2. Click the drop down menu under the question "To which type of program are you applying?"
    3. Select 4+1 Programs and click Submit
  4. Open the Pre-Grad or Non-Degree Application you just created
    1. Click the dropdown menu under the header Intended Program
    2. Click Human Rights under the 4+1 Programs header
    3. Upload required documents

How to Apply to the 2-Year Program

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. Personal statement (maximum 750 words, 1 inch margins, standard font such as Arial or Times New Roman)  that addresses the following questions:
    1. Why do you want to earn a master’s degree in human rights and what particular topical interests do you have within the human rights field?
    2. How have your academic training, work/internships, and relevant life experiences prepared you to be successful in this program?
    3. How will his program further your career goals?
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and commitment to human rights

To apply, please access The Graduate School’s application.

Costs & Fees

There is a $75.00 application fee required to apply for the program.

In some cases The Graduate School may provide an application fee waiver. Please review the UConn Graduate School Fee Waiver Policy to see if you qualify.

The tuition and fee schedule for graduate programs can be found on the Bursar’s website.

FAQs

Do I need to take the GRE?
No, GRE scores are not required for program admission.

Do I need to be a human rights major to enroll in the MA in human rights program?
No, you are eligible to apply to the MA program regardless of your undergraduate major.

How many credits count toward both my undergraduate human rights degree and the MA in human rights?
Up to 12 credits (four 3-credit classes) of approved graduate coursework which is included in the student’s undergraduate (BA) plan of study can be used to the MA plan of study.

Does the Human Rights Institute offer graduate assistantships for accepted students?
At this time, HRI is unable to offer financial support in the form of graduate assistantships for students enrolled in the MA program.

Does HRI offer financial support to students completing the human rights practicum?
Yes, we will offer scholarships to support students as they complete the practicum. Information about these scholarships will be made available to students upon admission into the program.

Questions about the masters program or application process? Please contact Alyssa Webb.

Master’s Advisor

alysssa web

Alyssa Webb

Educational Program Coordinator, Human Rights Institute

alyssa.webb@uconn.edu