The Degree of Master of Arts in Political Science
Human Rights Emphasis


The Masterís Degree in Human Rights (MAHR) is a multidisciplinary degree within the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of LPS and will include courses from POS, IAF, NGO, INL, and CPL. The MAHR was designed to give graduates a multi-dimensional approach to human rights that includes both a grasp of the relevant theories, laws, and international treaties, as well as an introduction to the practical skills involved in the field, using follow up mechanisms, reporting, advocacy, lobbying, networking, social change agendas, and transformation of conflicts. MAHR will cover the latest international developments in the field and will also have a significant emphasis on the situation of human rights in the MENA region. Thus, through practical cooperation with local, regional, and international NGOs working in the region, along with a thesis and the option of an internship, MAHR offers students the chance to gain both theoretical and hands on human rights experience, confronting them directly with its challenges and achievements prior to entering the career market.

Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission to a graduate program, an applicant must hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education preceded by a secondary school certificate recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education as equivalent to the Lebanese Baccalaureate Part II. The minimum GPA must be 3.0/4.0.
Individual Faculties retain the right to request further requirements for admission to graduate programs such as the Graduate management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Other requirements may include recommendations from employer(s), auditions interviews, and samples of the studentís work or personal statements. These other admission requirements will be stated in the letters of conditional admission authorized by the concerned Faculty.
For further details, applicants are requested to refer to the University catalog or enquire at the Admissions Office.

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, applicants should have a BA in Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration or any other BA or BS degree in addition to proven knowledge and/or experience in the field of Human Rights.

Graduation Requirements
Students seeking the degree of MA in human rights in the Faculty of LPS must meet the University graduation requirements and complete 36 credits with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0. The 36 credits are divided as follows:

Core Requirements (9 cr.)

These are 3 courses that introduce you to the basic theories and practices of international relations, international organizations and specialized agencies, and scientific methods for conducting research in all later courses.

Major Electives (15 cr.)

Five courses of your choice from the Human Rights program will give you advanced knowledge and varied approach to the different aspects of the field (eg. international law, international justice, civil society, religious thought and ethnic conflict) in addition to course specified for specific categories of rights (eg. Political and civil, economic and social, vulnerable groups, humanitarian law)

Free Electives (6† cr.)

  • Option I: you complete 6 elective credits form the courses offered in the faculty
  • Option II: you complete 3 elective credits and an Internship in Human Rights

Thesis in Human Rights (6 cr.)
Conduct and write a research on a significant topic related to the area of your specialization