The online Graduate Certificate in Human Rights Practice is a professionally oriented program designed to provide participants with the foundational knowledge, critical perspectives, and practical skills to advance human rights around the globe. Students will graduate with a portfolio of applied work, a network of contacts, and marketable skills for the practice and application of human rights. Students in the program will help produce white papers, webinars, shadow reports, and other forms of human rights work.
The fully online program is designed both for individuals currently employed as well as for full time students. The Certificate can be earned within six to nine months. The program combines theoretical and methodological training with practical skills and applications as students are encouraged to interact, get involved, and engage the world, all while receiving a Graduate Certificate from a recognized and well-respected university.
Students will study cutting-edge issues through frequent webinars and the online participation of human rights practitioners from around the globe. Our curriculum includes unique online experiences such as virtual field trips, in-depth analyses of current human rights crises with input from actors on the ground, community-engaged projects, and incorporation of students’ current human rights work. Classes are also designed to support the human rights work of NGOs, activists, government officials, and current students. Employed students will be able to apply current work outputs to Certificate coursework.
Faculty from The University of Arizona (UA) facilitate the 7.5-week online courses and provide lectures. External participants from around the globe will contribute additional knowledge and insights from their applied human rights work. Our multi-disciplinary faculty teach and research worldwide on such issues as: indigenous law, transitional justice, international law, environmental justice, cultural and religious heritage, human rights and theater, migrant & refugee protection, gender- and identity-based violence, critical trauma studies, human rights and culture, human rights and conflict, economic development and women’s empowerment, LGBTQ rights, international crises, violence against journalists, media and terrorism, labor rights, and recovery from extreme violence/human rights violations.
Please visit https://humanrightspractice.arizona.edu for comprehensive information about this program.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ mission is to advance research on people, engage new generations of scholars in the process of discovery through undergraduate and graduate teaching, and share discoveries with the community through public education and outreach.
SBS is home to twenty-one schools, departments, research units, and outreach centers, and our programs are some of the most highly ranked in the country, with a collective research prominence rivaling that of the best public higher education institutions in the country. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is proud to serve a vital function in the State of Arizona as well as in the Southwest and US more broadly.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Arizona International Direct - Online
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
Statement of Purpose
One Letter of Recommendation
Minimum GPA: 2.75 or international equivalent
C.V. or resume
Proof of English Proficiency if applicant is from a country where English is not the official language.
Confirmation of access to a computer and reliable Internet connection.
If applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, English proficiency must be demonstrated through any one of the following tests:
TOEFL, minimum score of 79 iBT or 550 PBT
International English Language Testing System (IELTS), minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below 6
Pearson PTE Academic: minimum score of 69
Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Minimum credit hours: 12 units.
HRTS 500: Advancing Human Rights (3 units)
And one of the following:
HRTS 501: Advancing Human Rights Organizations (3 units)
HRTS 510: Advancing Human Rights Law (3 units)
Minimum GPA for Required (Core) courses: 3.0
Program may accept up to 3 transfer units; please inquire with the Program Director
HRTS 502: Advancing Human Rights Organizations II, 3 units
HRTS 505: Human Rights Voices, 3 units
HRTS 511: Advancing Human Rights through Strategic Litigation, 3 units
HRTS 520: Community-Based Participatory Action Research for Human Rights, 3 units
HRTS 541: Advancing Human Rights through Documentary Media, 3 units
HRTS 542: Advancing Human Rights through the Arts, 3 units
HRTS 543: Advancing Human Rights with Technology, 3 units
HRTS 595A: Human Rights Across Contexts, 1-3 units (may be repeated)
HRTS 596A: Human Rights Crises, 1-3 units (may be repeated)
HRTS 596B: Cutting-Edge Advances in Human Rights Practice, 1-3 units (may be repeated)
HRTS 597A: Exploring Human Rights through Virtual Field Trips, 1-3 units (may be repeated)
HRTS 599: Independent Study, 1-3 units (may be repeated)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.