Human Rights Studies M.A. Program

Application Deadline: May 11, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Columbia University has a unique international reputation for human rights education and research, earned through decades of highly respected training of human rights professionals and a commitment to the interdisciplinary study and practice of human rights. As a focal point for the study of human rights at Columbia, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) is committed to providing exceptional education programs that draw on these strengths. 

The Human Rights Studies M.A. is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the academic study of human rights theory and practice. Students take courses offered by ISHR, as well as human rights courses offered by other departments, such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology. Students may also take courses offered by other schools at Columbia, including the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Law School, and the Mailman School of Public Health.

The 30-credit degree program can be completed part-time or full-time and requires the completion of a thesis. Detailed information about the degree structure can be found under the degree requirements page of the Human Rights Studies M.A. program webpages.

Students interested in applying to the program are also encouraged to review the information on the ISHR website. Specific questions about the program that are not addressed on the website may be directed to

Regular applications are due by May 11, 2018.