Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action & Human Rights (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action & Human Rights (M.A.)


The Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action and Human Rights is a professional degree designed to prepare leaders to respond to the growing needs in their community and around the world in the areas of human rights (i.e., human trafficking, the sanctity of human life) and humanitarian response (i.e., disaster relief, trauma healing). This 36-hour program is designed to equip a man or woman who has been called by God to serve as a professional Christian worker in the church or through faith-based non-government organizations (NGOs) in such capacities as a member of a disaster assistance response team, protection officer, advocacy advisor and other positions that require a broad general knowledge of human rights and humanitarian response.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate a biblical theology for the poor and the compatibility of evangelism and social care.
  • Formulate a response to current issues in human rights and humanitarian response through professional practice and training experiences.
  • Analyze the structures, functions, capabilities, activities, and relationships of the church and other civil society and public sector actors while demonstrating knowledge of the literature of the discipline.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action and Human Rights (M.A.) program must have:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. Contact information for one (1) Pastoral Recommendation
  4. School of Divinity Questionnaire
  5. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).
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