Program of Study

Knowledge Gained in the Human Rights MA

•    Strong grasp of the discourses and activities associated with human rights advocacy
•    Knowledge of the philosophical and legal foundations of human rights
•    Understand the connections between human rights theory, law and practice
•    Knowledge about historical and contemporary case studies of human rights violations, including genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity
•    Understand international human rights law and its enforcement mechanisms

Skills Gained in the Human Rights MA

•    Ability to think critically and communicate effectively about the importance of human rights
•    Ability to apply several disciplines to articulate human rights policies and ideas
•    Ability to address, discuss and analyze human rights violations throughout the world
•    Ability to engage in human rights discussions at the local, national and global level
•    Ability to conduct interdisciplinary research concerning human rights

Careers of Recent John Jay Human Rights MA Graduates

•    Faculty member, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Global Diplomacy Initiative
•    External Partnerships Assistant, UN and Multilateral Engagement Division, World Food Programme
•    Multi-Systemic Therapist, The Children's Village, Brooklyn, New York
•    Clinical Case Manager, New York City Criminal Justice Agency (New York CJA)
•    Law student, CUNY University of New York School of Law and Legal Intern, Queens District Attorney's Office
•    Director of Fund Development, WomenRising, Inc.
•    Pretrial Services Officer, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
•    Housing Coordinator, Legal Aid Society
•    Case Worker, Restoring Family Links (American Red Cross)
•    Secondary School Educator, Teach For America

Credits & Courses

36 credits are required to earn the Human Rights MA. Find course offerings here.

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