Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

international diploma in THe management of humanitarian action (IDmha)

The following courses are required for the IDMHA module of the MIHA.  If interested in pursuing the MIHA, please apply here.

For those not enrolled in the MIHA, but interested in attending our courses, each course may also be taken individually, as a stand-alone course and apart from the Masters.

Students can take each of our one-week courses for academic credit, or they can choose to receive no academic credit for their participation.

For those who wish to receive academic credit, the cost remains the same discounted rate of $1,893.00 US Dollars. Upon successful completion of the program participants are entitled to two academic credits through Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  These credits are accepted towards our Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action, if you choose to apply at a later time, and maybe to other academic institutions.  Students seeking academic credit will be required to submit a research paper (1,400-1,600 words) due roughly one month after the conclusion of the course in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Course Director.

For those who do not wish to receive formal academic credit, the cost has been reduced to $913 US Dollars.  Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for the program but will receive no formal academic recognition.

The choice must be made before the course begins and cannot be upgraded at a later date.

The program cost includes the tuition and coffee breaks. It does not include accommodation, meals, or transportation costs.

How to Apply

In response to requests for a more manageable application process, we have made the following administrative changes:

For students who are interested in taking a course as a stand-alone course, please submit the following at the time of application:
  • New Student Application
    • Select “Graduate School of Arts and Sciences”
    • Select either “Advanced Certificate in International Diploma in Operational Humanitarian Assistance” or “Advanced Certificate in International Diploma in the Management of Humanitarian Action”
  • Resume
  • Please indicate which course you are interested in attending
  • Please specify if you wish to receive academic credit for this course
  • Most recent college or university transcript (for academic credit students only).  For students who are not seeking academic credit, submission of your academic transcripts is voluntary, however, it will allow for faster processing of your application.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Kindly submit all materials to .

If you have any questions, please contact Alexandra DeBlock at 212-636-7646 or .

Required Courses

Leadership and Management of Humanitarian Action
2 credits

Despite humanitarian agencies' not-for-profit status, they must be managed and administered on sound business principles. Students learn the managerial methods and skills required to become senior managers and directors of humanitarian organizations. Within these roles, such individuals need to work with and manage skilled specialists in various fields.

Accountability in Humanitarian Action
2 credits
The ability to handle external relations successfully has a growing impact, particularly at higher levels of management, on the ability of organizations to deliver humanitarian assistance. Students are given the knowledge and skills to respond to the various external relationships that enable humanitarian agencies to operate successfully in a competitive and often hostile environment. Through case studies, the course teaches techniques for dealing with politically motivated and highly stressed interlocutors.

Ethics of Humanitarian Assistance
2 credits
Humanitarian aid professionals are confronted with ethical questions in every area of their work. This course explores these ethical questions, examines alternative ethical grounds for action, and provides humanitarian professionals with a framework for evaluating practical ethical issues that arise, especially through current and past case studies.

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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