MA in Humanitarian Action – Women & Children’s Advocacy Be an Advocate for Change


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Women and children face unique challenges that often leave them vulnerable to oppression and exploitation. With Liberty University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Humanitarian Action and Human Rights – Women’s and Children’s Care and Advocacy, you can learn how to protect and assist women and children facing dangerous situations and human rights violations.

This degree is designed to equip you with practical, hands-on skills for use in a variety of humanitarian action roles – whether you want to shape human rights policy or serve on the front lines helping people in crisis. As you pursue your graduate degree in advocacy, you’ll explore how to handle the major social challenges of today in a manner that is grounded in biblical truth. You will also see how the local church is uniquely positioned to assist those in the greatest need.

In particular, you can prepare to address issues that are especially pertinent to women and children – including human trafficking, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, and the sanctity of human life. Our women’s and children’s advocacy degree program can help provide the tools you need to rescue and rehabilitate those who are suffering. By studying a well-rounded approach to humanitarian action, you can gain the knowledge, skills, and values needed to serve in many different capacities – from crafting government legislation to interacting face-to-face with victims of trauma and oppression.

Partner with us and prepare to help women and children around the world work toward a brighter, safer future.


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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  • 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

We’ve designed our graduate degree in advocacy and human rights to give you maximum flexibility. This program is offered 100% online with 8-week courses and no set login times. Whether you’re a parent, a working professional, or have other important commitments outside of school, you’ll have the freedom you need to pursue your degree without putting your life on hold.

In this program, you’ll study crisis and first responder training, intercultural communication, human rights law, and theological foundations for humanitarian action and human rights. You’ll also explore the history of U.S.-based and global emergency responses as well as the unique role of the church and faith-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in handling these crises. From there, you can examine how to steer and guide civil society, government, and international institutions toward using their power to protect and advance the rights of the oppressed.

Additionally, you will take a sequence of specialization courses that offer an in-depth look at women’s and children’s care and advocacy. You can also learn how to support and champion the rights of other vulnerable populations, such as those suffering from disabilities.

In particular, you’ll take a look at:

  • Interventions made to support women and children in crisis
  • Social stratification, group marginalization, racial/ethnic identities, gender inequality, disability discrimination, and other multicultural issues that impact human services efforts
  • Various protection systems used to aid women, children, and vulnerable populations
  • Ways that the church and faith-based NGOs can assist women and children who are facing the dark reality of abandonment, exploitation, and abuse

Lastly, you will complete a capstone course that can help you synthesize and apply your knowledge to real-life situations. That way, you can be better equipped to step into the field and start making a difference in your community – and beyond.

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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.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee.

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

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 part-time graduate and postgraduate divinity courses
  • Discounted divinity block rate – $2,475 per semester*
  • 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)

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

*Credits taken below 9 and above 15 credit hours per semester are charged at the part-time rate.

**Not applicable to certificates.

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