Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action

In a disaster, good intentions are not enough. To care for people at their most vulnerable, humanitarian aid workers need to take swift and mindful action. That makes on-the-ground skills and best practices absolutely critical.

Made up of four modules, our master’s program combines the experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty. Building on your area of interest, you’ll conduct independent research that culminates in a master’s thesis.

All of the IIHA's course fees have been discounted significantly from the usual cost of Fordham University's tuition in order to accommodate the financial situations of our diverse and international student body. The Master’s of International Humanitarian Action costs $23,700, but does not include Fordham University fees, transportation, room and board or visa costs.

Program Highlights

Program Basics

  • Curriculum requires four modules for a total of 32 credits all offered in one-, two-, and four-week intensive sessions
  • Program can be completed in 18 months or up to five years
  • Modules 1, 2 and 3 can be completed separately for an advanced certificate
  • Many courses can be taken independently of the master’s program


At Fordham’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, where we’ve trained more than 3,000 humanitarian professionals from 140 different countries, we understand that as an aid worker responding to crises around the world, you don’t have the luxury of time to commit to a traditional two-year residential degree program. That’s why our Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA) is designed in one-, two-, and four-week intensive sessions that are held in various rotating locations around the world including Addis Ababa, Amman, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Geneva, Goa, Kuala Lumpur, Nairobi, New York, Penang, and Rome.