Master of Science in Human Rights

The Master of Science (MS) in Human Rights at Binghamton University offers a first-class graduate school experience. It is perfect for students committed to social justice and interested in guiding public action, holding governments accountable and empowering communities. 

Our program provides professional training in the theory and practice of human rights, with a focus on community-level engagement.

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

United by a commitment to human rights, our award-winning faculty are human rights professionals and activists. Students benefit from their scholarship, innovative teaching methods, practical experience and international networks, including connections in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

What you will learn

  • The program offers human rights approaches to a variety of issues including education, health, violence, children, family, poverty, incarceration, immigration and the political economy.
  • Students develop competencies in community organizing, social innovation, program evaluation, and interdisciplinary, applied research.
  • Students also gain valuable professional skills for working in human rights organizations at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Where you can work with your degree

  • Human rights advocacy in the public and nonprofit sectors
  • Local, regional, national and international human/civil rights positions with governmental and nongovernmental organizations
  • Academic institutions in related disciplines including law and social sciences
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • New-media advocacy
  • Human resources