Social Justice and Human Rights, MA
Accelerated Program

The MA in social justice and human rights addresses urgent social issues related to human security, labor, migration, children, family, education and the environment.

The MA in social justice and human rights addresses urgent social issues related to human security, labor, migration, children, family, education and the environment.

The coursework in this theoretically and methodologically rigorous program examines social issues in contexts defined by multiple and intersecting forms of social identity and disadvantage, including gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationality.

The program requires an internship to be completed domestically or internationally, where students typically work alongside other advocates for social justice to help refugees, migrants, workers, and survivors of violence or human trafficking.

Students may select from three degree tracks: research, advocacy, or critical trauma studies and social work. The research track prepares students for positions as researchers, analysts and advocates in governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental agencies. The advocacy track prepares students to be leaders in nonprofit, social movement, governmental and intergovernmental organizations. The critical trauma studies and social work track prepares students to assist vulnerable people, especially survivors of extreme violence, poverty, war, sex trafficking, human trafficking, gender-based violence, and various forms of marginalization. Graduates are also prepared to enter PhD programs.

Degree Offered

Social Justice and Human Rights, MA
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadlines

Priority: February 15
Final: July 15

Priority: October 15
Final: December 1

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Graduate Experience

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Financing Your Education

Financial Aid
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WRGP eligible program
Graduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Graduate Education online admission application, including application fee
  2. official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country
  3. official GRE scores
  4. a statement of purpose that describes the educational background, scholarly interests, and academic and professional goals of the applicant
  5. two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members who know the applicant's work well (if not available, then from individuals in supervisory or professional roles)
  6. an academic writing sample (if not available, then an example of professional writing)
  7. a resume or curriculum vitae

Minimum of a "B" (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) GPA in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate course work (if the applicant does not meet the minimum GPA requirements, the application may still be considered) is required.

Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Please see the program website for application deadlines.

Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

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