The master’s degree in human Rights (MAHR) is a multidisciplinary program offered by the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of LPS. It encompasses courses from POS, IAF, NGO, INL, and CPL. The MAHR is designed to provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of human rights, incorporating relevant theories, laws, and international treaties. The program also introduces practical skills essential in the field, including follow-up mechanisms, reporting, advocacy, lobbying, networking, social change agendas, and conflict transformation.
Program Educational Objectives
The Master of Arts in Political Science - Human Rights Concentration is designed to build on
development objectives to provide individuals from Lebanon and the region with the
knowledge and tools necessary to become actors of change in their respective societies.
Within this context of mainstreaming and networking HR, a master’s degree in the field
will greatly facilitate ongoing teaching, service, and research. This program will enable
its graduates to not only interface with HR studies in the MENA region but will also help
establish a bridge to the latest international discourse and theories.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the program will be able to:
- 1.Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of all the international human rights conventions.
- 2.Engage in critical analysis of the politics of human rights.
- 3.Actively participate in developing a national action plan for human rights development in several issue areas.
- 4.Write proposals for funding and research development in any area related to human rights.
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, applicants should
have a BA in Political Science, Public Administration, International Affairs and
Diplomacy, International Law, or other related fields.
Successful passage of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 60 is mandatory. Additionally, students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Factors such as work experience, letters of recommendation, and motivation for a career and leadership are all considered. The faculty may necessitate the GRE exam for non-NDU students, and non-major applicants may be required to complete the following prerequisite courses.
- 1.MA in Political Science: IAF 211, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition.
- 2.MA in Public Administration: PAD 201, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition.
- 3.MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy: IAF 211, IAF 321, POS 201 or equivalent by petition.
- 4.MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy - International Law Emphasis: IAF 211, IAF 401, POS 442.
Students seeking an MA in GIR must meet the University graduation requirements
and complete one of the following two options of course work in addition to a
comprehensive written and oral examination, or successful completion of 30 credits
course work and 6 credits thesis. The minimum passing grade of a graduate course is
“C.” Students in graduate studies are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least
3.0 in all courses taken for graduate programs with no more than 2 “Cs” per program.