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The University of Manitoba launched its Master of Human Rights (MHR) program in September 2019. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and prepares students for careers in human rights advocacy. The program is a collaboration of the faculties of Arts, Law, Education, and Social Work. It also cooperates with the Centre for Human Rights Research, the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice in St. Paul’s College, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
The University of Manitoba offers the only Master of Human Rights degree in Canada. The degree is a collaboration of the Faculties of Arts, Education, Social Work, and Law. The Centre for Human Rights Research, The Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice in St. Paul's College, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
Students in the Practicum Stream participate in work placements with leading local and international human rights organizations to gain practical, hands-on experience doing human rights work. Past work placements have included:
- The Manitoba Human Rights Commission
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCDCOE)
- Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth
- Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Master of Human Rights is an interdisciplinary program with two stream options available.
Master of Human Rights
Expected duration: 16-24 months (depending on stream)
Tuition and fees: one year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students must complete:
- 18 credit hours of study
- A practicum and major research project (Practicum Stream) or a thesis (Thesis Stream)
Sample course offerings
Program-approved graduate-level elective courses are available through various faculties supporting the MHR program.
- ANTH 4780: Museums, Memory, and Witnessing (3 credit hours)
- DS 7020: History of Disability (3 credit hours)
- EDUB 7212: Critical Applied Linguistics in a Global Context (3 credit hours)
- GEOG 7010: Political Ecology, Discourse and Power: Understanding Contemporary Environmentalism (3 credit hours)
- HIST 7772: Imperialism, Revolution, Democracy: Latin American History since the Cuban Revolution (3 credit hours)
- NATV 7240: Issues in Colonization (3 credit hours)
- PEAC 7126: Ethnic Conflict Analysis and Resolution (3 credit hours)
- POLS 7790: International Relations Theory (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Faculty of Law website
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Master of Human Rights program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
To be considered for admission to the Master of Human Rights program, you must have:
- A four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of study.
One undergraduate-level course in human rights or equivalent field experience is preferred.
Applicants who expect to complete their undergraduate degree before September may be conditionally accepted into the program.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
The Master of Human Rights program has only one application deadline per year, and applications are accepted for September entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Statement of Interest
- Two letters of recommendation
- Thesis proposal (if entering the Thesis Stream)