Graduate Advising > Social Justice & Human Rights MA

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

Staff Advisor

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

Many of the answers to your questions may be on this website and in the MASJHR Program Handbook, please review both carefully.

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.

For tips on finding your faculty advisor see the MASJHR Program Handbook.


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.

Important Policies and Procedures

MASJHR Program Handbook
Graduate College Policies & Procedures
New College Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

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:

Download an MASJHR Checklist (For students who began 2018 or after)
Download an MASJHR Checklist (For students who began 2017 or after)
Download an MASJHR Sample Course Schedule (For students who began 2018 or after)

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. 

Career Paths

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

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.

Apply for NCIAS Funding
Apply for GPSA Funding
Apply for Graduate College Airfare Funding


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Poster Print Funding Form

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Graduate and Professional Student Association

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Our Faculty

Duku Anoyke
Patricia Friedrich
Michael Stancliff
Julie Murphy Erfani
Ilana Luna
Alejandra Elenes
Gloria Cuadraz
Natasha Behl
Jennet Kirkpatrick
Jennifer Keahey
Martin Matustik
Patricia Huntington
Amit Ron
Suzanne Vaughan
Carol Mueller
Breanne Fahs
Patricia Clark
Stephen Toth
Louis Mendoza
Majia Nadesan
Dr Barbara Klimek, Social Work, Downtown Campus.
Shari Collins
Audrey Comstock
Tricia Redeker-Hepner, Program Director
Nisa Goskel
Allan Colbern
Heather Smith-Cannoy