Humanitarian Studies (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies degree is a 30-credit program constituted by five core courses, four elective courses to be taken across three thematic areas, an internship or independent study, and a master’s thesis.


Course Title Credits
HUST 5013Fundamentals of Humanitarian Action3
HUST 5012Contemporary Issues in Humanitarian Action3
HUST 5015Information Management3
HUST 5014Humanitarian Resource Management and Administration3
HUST 5016Monitoring and Evaluation in Humanitarian Response3
Four elective courses across the following thematic areas:12
Human Rights
Communities and Capacity Building
Livelihoods and Institutions
HUST 5801Humanitarian Internship 1
or HUST 8999 Independent Study
HUST 5992MSHS Thesis2
Total Credits30

More information about the Internship courses can be seen below.


You will complete a master’s thesis under the supervision of a faculty member on a topic related to the three thematic areas listed above.


Our New York City location enables students to pursue internships and exposure to various United Nations agencies, diplomatic missions, international nongovernmental organizations, and prominent research and think-tank institutions. 

Independent Study

Students have the choice of doing a one-credit independent study instead of an internship.

Human Rights Area

Courses in this area examine the preservation of human rights in humanitarian activities. A clear understanding of these rights and privileges is critical to those working within the humanitarian sector, and students concentrating in this area will emerge with skills and critical thinking in how to preserve those rights and privileges in those who are at risk.

Courses in this group have the HUHR attribute.

Course Title Credits
CEED 5050Ethics and Society: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives3
CEED 6322Natural Law: The Nature, Foundations and Content of Justice3
HIST 6726The United States and Human Rights: An International History4
HUST 5035Forced Migration: The Humanitarian Challenge of the Decade0-3
HUST 5082Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Humanitarian Operations0-3
HUST 5200Protection for Vulnerable Populations3
HUST 5205Children in Armed Conflict3
HUST 5210Access to Education During Crisis and Conflict3
HUST 5215Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings3
HUST 5600International Humanitarian Law: Policy and Practice3
PMMA 5207Mapping Injustice3
PMMA 6104Alternative and Advocacy Journalism3
PSYC 6030Trauma and Family Violence3

Communities and Capacity Building Area

Courses in this area examine humanitarian response at the subnational level, including how processes are created, relationships are founded, skills are shared, and institutions are built, strengthened, and stabilized. Students concentrating in this area will work through practical skills to mitigate and respond to complex emergencies at a local level. 

Courses in this group have the HUCB attribute.

Course Title Credits
CISC 6880Blockchain Technology3
ECON 5015Economic Development Policy3
ECON 5260Epidemics and Development Policy3
ECON 5450Crises, Adjustment and Poverty3
ECON 5771Project Assessment3
HUST 5025Cash, Commodities, and Services in a Humanitarian Response0-3
HUST 5045Humanitarian Advocacy: Communicating the Need and Motivating the Response0-3
HUST 5400Disaster Risk Reduction3
HUST 5410Gender Integration in Humanitarian Action3
HUST 5500Mental Health in Complex Emergencies0-3
IPED 6740Project Accounting1
PMMA 6206Persuasion and Public Opinion3
PMMA 6207Global Media and Communication3
PSYC 6310Culture, Ethnicity, and Race3
PSYC 6390Global Mental Health3
URST 5900Global Cities3

Livelihoods and Institutions Area

Courses in this  area examine humanitarian response through a macro-structural lens, incorporating global processes and a critical exploration of how international actors can support and enrich national and local societies in times of crisis. Students concentrating in this area will focus on causality and larger response mechanisms.

Courses in this group have the HULI attribute.

Course Title Credits
ECON 5020African Economic Development3
ECON 5415Gender & Economic Development3
ECON 5808Microfinance and Migration3
ECON 6460Agriculture and Development3
ECON 6480Environmental and Resource Economics3
ECON 6490Foreign Aid and Development3
HUST 5061Disaster Management0-3
HUST 5075Leadership and Management in Humanitarian Assistance0-3
HUST 5085Security Management: Delivering Aid in Potentially Dangerous Situations0-3
HUST 5300International Responses to Migration3
HUST 5310Urban Humanitarian Operations0-3
HUST 5350Climate Change in the West African Sahel: Impact on Water and Migration3
POSC 6530Political Economy of Development3
SOCI 5808Migration & Microfinance3
THEO 6732Ethics and Economics3
THEO 6735Ecological Ethics3
URST 5000Issues in Urban Studies3