Human Rights (MS, certificate)

Program Overview

Advance your education and the lives of others with Binghamton University's Master of Science (MS) in Human Rights degree.

The first of its kind in the SUNY system, this program provides professional training in the theory and practice of human rights, with a focus on community-level engagement. Our students develop competencies in community organizing, social innovation, program evaluation, and interdisciplinary, applied research.

With a human rights degree from Binghamton, you'll be able to collaborate with community members and professionals at the local, regional, national and international level to promote social change.

We also offer a 16-credit Advanced Certificate in Human Rights program.

Degrees Offered

  • MS in Human Rights
  • certificate in Human Rights

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Not all human rights programs across the country allow students to earn credits for their internship --- just one more reason to enroll at Binghamton University!

  • MS in Human Rights faculty have deep ties with community organizations in the New York Southern Tier region and beyond, and they will work closely with you to identify a human rights organization that matches your interest.
  • After you select a placement, you'll work at the organization over the summer on local, national or international issues.
  • Upon successful completion of your internship, you'll earn four (4) credits toward your degree.

After You Graduate

Our graduates have rewarding careers and use their degree in many different settings including in:

  • local, regional, national and international human rights and social justice organizations
  • government
  • academia
  • human resources

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the Human Rights website.