About - Master of Science in Human Rights

The promise of human rights is to guide public action, hold governments accountable and empower communities. Binghamton's Master of Science in Human Rights will immerse you in the theory and practice of human rights, addressing issues such as education, health, violence, children, family, poverty, incarceration and immigration, evaluated critically through the lenses of race, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, place, community and/or nationality.

Driven by a critical interdisciplinary spirit, the MS in Human Rights offers professional training for applied research and practice. Students learn to analyze the world around them through the lens of human rights and develop skills for working in local, regional, national and international organizations.

United by a commitment to human rights, our faculty provide a first-class graduate school experience. We are human rights professionals and activists, and students benefit from our scholarship, practical experience and networks. We bring to the program a unique mix of research experience that includes qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Our award-winning faculty provides innovative and culturally relevant pedagogy in a collaborative classroom experience.

Most of us work in international contexts. We are rooted in or connected to different parts of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. The breadth of languages we speak gives you an idea. Next to English, we speak Zulu, Urdu, Korean, Mauritian Creole, French, Spanish, Arabic and German. Given the global character of human rights work, our internationalist perspective will benefit you whether or not you want to work in the U.S. after graduation.

After graduation

The MS is designed for graduates who seek human rights career tracks in a variety of fields including:

  • human rights advocacy in the public and nonprofit sectors
  • local, regional, national and international human/civil rights positions with governmental and nongovernmental organizations
  • advanced training and academic careers in related disciplines including law and social sciences
  • corporate social responsibility
  • new-media advocacy
  • human resources