Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Masters in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA)

The MIHA Difference

In a Disaster, Good Intentions Are Not Enough.

Fordham University’s new Masters in International Humanitarian Action provides an unparalleled opportunity for humanitarian professionals to develop the comprehensive knowledge and on-the-ground skills needed to deal with the world’s most pressing challenges and disasters.  Even though there are many developmental, peace building, public health, and other aspects of humanitarian assistance, there is no program that offers a paralleled holistic training to those professionals working in complex emergencies. The IIHA has trained almost 2,000 participants worldwide.  Many are still working in situations of complex emergencies, and do not have the luxury of time to take a year or two from their professional lives. The MIHA is designed in response to their requests for a flexible yet academically rigorous degree-granting program that combines a theoretical basis with applied knowledge.

The IIHA and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) have joined together to offer a comprehensive Master’s program that combines the experience of long-time humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty.  The program combines the experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty from the School of Law and the Graduate Schools of Business and Social Service, who provide students with the political, historical, legal and ethical contexts of past, present and future emergencies.
Four MIHA Modules

Program Overview
  • 32 credits offered in 1, 2, and 4 week intensive sections                             
  • 2 credits per week — the equivalent of 35 - 40 instructional hours
  • Pre-meeting readings, discussions, post-meeting assignments and research projects
  • 4 modules of 8 credits each

**Many of the MIHA courses can also be taken independently by individuals not pursuing the Masters. For more information, visit the individual Required Course pages.


Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
33 West 60th St., Suite 804 New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212 636 6294 Fax: 212 636 7060 Email:

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