Humanitarian Studies (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies degree is a 30-credit program constituted by five core courses, four concentration track electives, an internship, and a completed thesis. 


Course Title Credits
HUAF 5013Fundamentals of Humanitarian Action3
HUAF 5012Contemporary Issues in Humanitarian Action3
HUAF 5015Information Management3
HUAF 5014Humanitarian Resource Management and Administration3
HUAF 5016Monitoring and Evaluation in Humanitarian Response3
Four required courses from one of the following concentrations: 212
Human Rights
Communities and Capacity Building
Livelihoods and Institutions
HUAF 5801Humanitarian Internship 3
Masters' Thesis 3
Total Credits30


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. You will complete an internship tutorial that matches your concentration area, either during a summer, fall, or spring semester.

Human Rights concentration

Courses in this concentration 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
HUAF 5200Protection for Vulnerable Populations3
HUAF 5210Access to Education During Crisis and Conflict3
IPED 5560Conflict Resolution3
PMMA 6104Alternative and Advocacy Journalism3
PSYC 6030Trauma & Family Violence3

Communities and Capacity Building concentration

Courses in this concentration 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
ECON 5260Epidemics & Devel Policy3
HUAF 5400Disaster Risk Reduction3
HUAF 5410Gender Integration in Humanitarian Action3
PMMA 6206Persuasion and Public Opinion3
PMMA 6207International Communication3
PSYC 6390Global Mental Health3
URST 5900Global Cities3

Livelihoods and Institutions concentration

Courses in this concentration 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 5808Microfinance & Migration3
ECON 6490Foreign Aid & Development3
HUAF 5300International Responses to Migration3
HUAF 5310Urban Disasters and Displacement3
SOCI 5808Migration & Microfinance3
THEO 6732Ethics and Economics3
THEO 6735Ecological Ethics3
URST 5000Issues in Urban Studies3
URST 5070Environmental History of the American City3