Social Justice & Human Rights, M.A. - Advising

We are here to help!  E-mail with questions related to policies and procedures to help you navigate graduate school successfully. 

 Many of your questions may be answered by the information contained on this website.  Please be sure to review the information on this site and in the MA Social Justice & Human Rights handbook carefully. 

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Orientation PowerPoint 

For new students, access orientation information by downloading the Orientation powerpoint. 

Next Steps Checklist

Individualized Instruction 

Advanced students in the MASJHR program with specialized and well-developed topics may choose to take JHR 580; Practicum, JHR 590: Reading and Conference, or JHR 592:Research as an individualized instruction course, working with a faculty member independently. Please refer to the MASJHR Program Handbook for additional policies. 

After consulting with the faculty member with whom you want to work, please complete the Online Individualized Instruction Form. After completing the form, it may take several days to receive the line number to register. 

Please submit the request to complete an individualized instruction course two weeks prior to the start of any academic semester. 


If you are interested in completing an Internship for academic credit, please review and complete the Graduate Studies Internship Packet. 

Plan of Study 

The Plan of Study (iPOS) functions as a contract between the student, the academic unit, and Graduate College. Students must submit their iPOS by the time they have enrolled for 50 percent of the minimum credit hours required for their degree program.  

As an MASJHR student, the iPOS must contain the following degree requirements and list two faculty advisors: 

Degree Requirements 

33 credit hours and a thesis, or  
33 credit hours including the required applied project course (JHR 593) 
Required Core (15 credit hours) 
JHR 501 Proseminar in Social Justice and Human Rights (3) 
JHR 506 Grant Writing and Development for Social Justice and Human Rights (3) 
JHR 510 Problem-Based Seminar in Social Justice and Human Rights (3) 
JHR 525 Action Research in Social Justice and Human Rights (3) 
JHR 584 Internship (3) 
Track (6 credit hours) 
Electives (3-6 credit hours) 
Research (3 credit hours)
JHR 500 Research (3) 
Culminating Experience (3-6 credit hours) 
JHR 593 Applied Project (3) or 
JHR 599 Thesis (6) 

Additional Curriculum Information 

This program has three tracks: social justice and human rights research, social justice and human rights advocacy, and critical trauma studies and social work. Students select one of the three tracks and select courses for the track and electives requirements in consultation with faculty. 

Students completing an applied project for their culminating experience select an additional electives course for three credit hours to meet the program's 33 credit hour requirement. 

Applied Project or Thesis (3-6 Credit Hours) 

JHR 593 Applied Project (3 Credit Hours) 
JHR 599 Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

The applied project or thesis is the integrative project undertaken at the end of the program of study. Talk with your faculty advisor about your research interests and ideas to determine which option will best suit your needs and goals. 

In the semester prior to beginning Applied Project or Thesis, students must submit an applied project/thesis proposal, which must be approved by the entire committee, as well as the Program Director. 

Applied Project or Thesis Proposal Registration 

To be eligible for enroll in JHR 593 Applied Project or JHR 599 Thesis, a student must: 

  • Have an up-to-date and approved iPOS on file; 

  • Have completed the Core Course Requirements of 18 credit hours (JHR 500, JHR 501, JHR 506, JHR 510, JHR 525, and JHR 584) 

  • Complete the online SJHR Proposal Registration Form BEFORE the deadline 

  • Accept invitation to enter the Canvas JHR Thesis/Applied Project Proposal course (the Canvas invite will be sent upon completion of above SJHR Proposal registration form) 

  • Submit a completed JHR Thesis/Applied Project Proposal to the Canvas course before the deadline  

Deadline to register for AND to submit the proposal is 2 weeks prior to the start of the Thesis or Applied Project semester.  

Global Human Rights Hub

The Global Human Rights Hub is an interdisciplinary research initiative examining  strategies deployed by diverse actors to impact human rights.  Visit the Hub for events, working groups, publications, newsletters, and much more to stay current in all things Graduate SJHR. 

Poster Print Funding Form

Graduate and Professional Student Association 


Student Travel 

The New College may provide up to $300 to support graduate student travel to academic and professional conferences. Students may also receive up to $950 for travel from GPSA. 


Career Paths 

Nonprofit management 
Grant writing 
Policy Development and Implementation 
Nonprofit Advocacy 
Doctoral Study 

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Graduate Mentoring Information 

Purpose:  To build community, solidarity, and camaraderie in the SJHR, MA   program. 

How to become involvedFor current students interested in serving as a graduate mentor for peers and especially new students in the program. Fill out the online web form for more information. 

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Faculty Advisor 

Forming a relationship with faculty advisors is one of the most important elements of graduate college. Your advisors can help you in selecting the proper courses, in developing a capstone project, and, more generally, in understanding the complexities of graduate-level education. Each SJHR student must identify a faculty advisor early in their program of study.  When you submit your formal plan of study, you will be required to list a Chair (primary advisor) and, prior to graduation, you will be required to update your plan with a second or even third committee member. Two committee members are required for students completing an applied project and 3 committee members are required for students completing a thesis.

Our Faculty 

Dr Barbara Klimek, Social Work, Downtown Campus. 

Tricia Redeker-Hepner, Program Director