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Five Master Studies That Will Get You into Humanitarian Development

You knew you wanted to help others since you were a little kid. Now it’s time to choose a master study that fits your caring and compassionate personality. If you feel the urge to make a career based on your ‘giving’ mentality, be sure to look at these master studies which are offered all around the world.

Getting a career in Humanitarian Development

Working as a humanitarian is one of the most rewarding ways to lead your professional life. You can help reconstruct areas after natural disasters, increase HIV and AIDS awareness in afflicted places such as Africa, fight for worldwide acceptance of human rights or dig wells to help communities gain access to safe and clean drinking water. All in all, finding the right and meaningful job can be a challenge. But it gets a lot easier if you’ve followed the proper master study such as those mentioned below.

  1. International Humanitarian Action – RUG Groningen In this tri-semester Master's program, you will strengthen your academic understanding of International Humanitarian Action. You will also acquire practical skills for working in the area of humanitarian aid, such as policy-making. The program is an international joint degree program. It is offered by 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, France and Poland. These universities are united in the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). In this program, you will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies. You will study the causes of conflicts and different coping strategies for conflicts and disasters. Also, you will learn how to plan and assess intervention and reconstruction programs.
  2. Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action – CERAH Geneva A 10-month to 12-month, full-time study program. The interdisciplinary and specialized courses proposed by the CERAH combine both theoretical and practical elements aiming to improve the humanitarian response to crises. The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Humanitarian Action offers postgraduate-level education focused on building in-depth competencies for managers. It provides participants with a strong understanding of the central conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian action and the capacity to define and implement strategic humanitarian responses.
  3. International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies – LSE London This program focuses on understanding the dynamics of humanitarian and complex emergencies as well as providing a solid foundation in humanitarian development issues such as poverty reduction, wealth creation and the expansion of human capabilities. This is a flexible program that provides students with an academically rigorous graduate level interdisciplinary training in the fields of international development and humanitarianism. A valuable part of the program is the humanitarian consultancy project, where you work in a small team on a current policy issue for a humanitarian, development or emergency based organization. Past clients include UNICEF, UNHCR, the UK Disasters Emergency Committee and Save the Children.
  4. Humanitarian Academy – Harvard University, Boston Launched in 2012, the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard is the first global center of its kind – dedicated to educating and training current and future generations of humanitarian leaders in the areas of humanitarian development, human rights, disaster response, humanitarian service delivery, crisis leadership and other dimensions of humanitarian studies. The Academy is a focal point for developing evidence-based strategies to effectively help individuals, families and populations in times of war, conflict and disaster, and to leverage the billions of dollars that flow to humanitarian causes to the greatest possible effect. Components of the Academy currently include a certificate program for graduate students at the Harvard School of Public Health (called the interdisciplinary concentration in Humanitarian Studies, Ethics, and Human Rights) and short courses for humanitarian professionals, as well simulated and field-based experiential learning opportunities, mentoring and community-building around humanitarian issues.
  5. Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action – SIA, Paris The Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action program provides students with a unique blend of core social science approaches (philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology) to humanitarian development and human rights intended to deconstruct the intuitive familiarity between the two fields and renew the debate concerning the universalism and political neutrality of human rights and humanitarian action through empirical study. It also offers indispensable courses in international law and global/regional institutional frameworks and advocacy skills. Depending on their career goals, students will specialize during their second year in either the field of human rights or humanitarian action.

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