First MA in human rights education in the US

The University of San Francisco, School of Education is proud to offer the first Master of Arts in Human Rights Education in the United States. Admission is now open for a new cohort starting in Fall 2014. Our faculty consists of leading scholars in the field of Human Rights Education. For more information, click here.

The Master of Arts in Human Rights Education Program provides a unique opportunity to understand and address deep-rooted social and educational inequities through the lens of critical Human Rights Education. Rooted in the practice of critical pedagogy, this program provides a dynamic learning community where students benefit from rigorous learning experiences both in the classroom and in community.

USF School of Education

USF School of Education

Designed to support teachers of kindergarten through college, as well as educators working in non-formal settings such as community organizations, Human Rights Education entails understanding the promise of rights guarantees and the gap between rights and actual realities. Courses examine the right to education, schooling with dignity and rights, and curricular efforts towards social justice and comprehensive human rights. Students engage with issues in local and global contexts, with emphasis on globalization, global forces, migration, and transnationalism.

The USF School of Education also offers a concentration in Human Rights Education in our doctoral (Ed.D.) programs in International & Multicultural Education, which has been in place since 2008. Please see the web site here.

All programs at the School of Education at the University of San Francisco are tailored to working individuals and operate on a teaching weekend schedule to accommodate diverse learners.

Required and Elective Coursework includes:

  • Human Rights Education: History, Philosophy and Debates
  • Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis
  • Gender and Globalization
  • Social Movements and Human Rights
  • International Human Rights Law for Educators
  • Immigration and Forced Displacement
  • Tools for Human Rights Practice
  • Special Topic Courses including: Peace, Conflict & Education; Queering Human Rights Education; the Right to Education in South Asia, among others.

For further information, please contact the faculty director for the MA in Human Rights Education, Professor Monisha Bajaj.


Monisha Bajaj is the director for the MA in Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco.

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