MA in Humanitarian Action and Human Rights Empowering Advocates for Global Justice and Dignity


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Are you passionate about advocating for the oppressed? With Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts (MA) in Humanitarian Action and Human Rights, you can receive the biblical framework, theoretical foundation, and practical training needed to engage in human rights defense and humanitarian work on a global scale. Whether you want to craft government policy, coordinate disaster relief response, serve on the front lines aiding victims of a humanitarian crisis, or lead anti-trafficking efforts, our program can help provide the tools you need to make a difference.

The skills you gain throughout this program may prove invaluable as you pursue a career with nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, local churches, and more. You could help those who are hurting and exploited in your own community through your local church – or you may travel overseas to participate in international humanitarian endeavors.

Our online master’s in human rights and humanitarian action places an emphasis on social responsibility, personal integrity, and sensitivity to the needs of others. You can learn how to minister to the whole person – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual – as you prepare to serve those facing war, poverty, trauma, disease, natural disasters, and other major crises.


Liberty Theological Seminary, as part of Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your seminary degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards, so you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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Our humanitarian action and human rights online courses are designed to equip you with practical, hands-on skills for helping people in crisis. In this program, you’ll explore topics such as international human rights law, crisis and first responder training, and intercultural communication. You’ll also be able to choose a course in one of the following subjects: pluralism and world religions, introduction to Islam, or cultural anthropology.

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Core emergency management principles essential to mitigating, planning for, responding to, and recovering from disasters
  • Foundational aspects of faith-based humanitarian action and leadership
  • Methods for organizing a faith-based humanitarian response
  • Theological foundations for humanitarian action and human rights
  • Ways to steer and guide civil society, government, and international institutions toward using their power to advance the rights of the oppressed

From there, you will pursue a specialization of your choosing. Each specialization is designed to offer focused training in a particular aspect of humanitarian action. No matter which degree track you choose, you’ll be able to hone your skill set to match your unique interests and goals.

To round out the program, you will complete a capstone course that can help you apply what you’ve learned. By engaging with local humanitarian organizations during this course, you can prepare to step out into the field and make an impact on people around the world.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

  • Advocacy advisor
  • Anti-trafficking advocate
  • Disaster relief coordinator
  • Humanitarian aid worker
  • International aid worker
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO) worker
  • Nonprofit worker
  • Policy advisor
  • Refugee care worker

At Liberty, you can customize your humanitarian action and human rights degree by selecting a specialization in an area that interests you! Check out our available options below.

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Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,750
Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $395/Credit
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,475
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $275/Credit

These rates also apply to the MA in Pastoral Counseling, which falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.

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