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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies

Educating the next generation of humanitarian professionals

Wawa Bar after Hurricane Eta, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

Wawa Bar in Rubble after Hurricane Eta Path, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
Photo by Jeiner Huete_P


With the unprecedented rise globally of conflict-induced and climate-induced disasters, the need to ensure collective, effective responses to humanitarian crises that meet the needs of disaster-affected communities has never been more pressing. Addressing the multidimensional challenges of humanitarian action requires well-trained professionals who possess multi-sector knowledge, cultural understanding, and practical skillsets.

A Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies (MSHS) from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) will educate you to make meaningful contributions to humanitarian operations.

Built on social justice values and humanitarian principles, this 30-credit interdisciplinary program is uniquely focused on the theory and practice of humanitarian relief, and is centered on equipping you with a wide range of skills and competencies necessary for a dynamic career in the sector.

You will be challenged to examine critically the political, social, economic, and legal foundations of the contemporary humanitarian sector, and to master various techniques to engaging holistic and sustainable responses to protracted and rapid onset humanitarian crises.

Program Highlights

  • Join an innovative graduate program, the first of its kind, U.S.-based Master’s degree dedicated exclusively to international humanitarian response
  • Engage deeply in contemporary humanitarian issues, including forced migration, human rights in conflict, urban disasters, and education in crises
  • Focus on developing practical field skills through unique experiential learning opportunity in New York and overseas
  • Cultivate an extensive network of high-qualified graduate program alumni and practitioners through the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
  • Learn policy making and project management skills and techniques from faculty with both academic and field experience in humanitarian relief and assistance
  • Enrich your coursework with immersive internship, independent study and thesis research opportunities

Program Basics

  • Attend evening classes as a working professional or to accommodate internship schedules
  • Take advantage of Fordham’s partnerships with academic institutions and humanitarian organizations to engage in local, national, and international research, internship, and study opportunities


The MSHS program is designed for individuals intending to build careers in humanitarian action. Whether in development, finance, policy coordination, advocacy, strategic communications, program/project management, logistics, or other areas of expertise, MSHS graduates will be exceptionally-equipped to contribute their skillsets and knowledge to humanitarian nongovernmental or intergovernmental organizations, government agencies, foundations, think tanks, or within the private sector.