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Human Rights M.H.R.

Global Studies Department
Graduate School
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  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 45
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Human Rights
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master's of human rights is a two-year interdisciplinary professional master's degree to prepare students to work in the field of human rights or to advance their knowledge and skills in the field. This degree equips graduate students with core professional and conceptual knowledge and analytical tools necessary to operate on the professional level in the field of human rights, along with the in-depth academic and professional training needed for the specific human rights area in which they practice or intend to practice. Students follow a core curriculum that includes the study of human rights norms and law, methodology, critical views of human rights, and human rights policy that will equip them with the skills needed to address the problems.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Complete application will include a University of Minnesota application, personal statement, resume or C.V., transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if applicable), at least three letters of recommendation, and an optional diversity statement.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 45 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: Students will participate in a three-credit capstone seminar rather than a thesis. The capstone seminar is one of the required core courses.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Students will be required to complete 45 credits, including 21 credits of core human rights courses, 12 credits in an approved concentration, 2 credits in a first-year cohort seminar, and 3 credits in either a professional paper or capstone project in their second year, and a professional internship of 400 hours, completed before graduation and preferably during the summer after the first year. The internship would be supervised by the Human Rights Program, and would be a non-credit program. The Masters in Human Rights will require all students to take courses in the following framework, as outlined below: Human rights core (9 credits), professional/social science/humanities core (minimum 12 credits), concentration (minimum 12 credits), a capstone or professional paper (3 credits), cohort seminar (1 credit per semester x 2 semesters=2 credits) and electives (remaining credits) and the aforementioned 400 hours in a non-credit professional internship. 4xxx-level courses are limited to language courses; other subjects allowed only with DGS approval.
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