Master of Human Rights

The University of Manitoba plans to launch Canada’s first interdisciplinary Master of Human Rights program in September 2020.

Students will complete 18 course credits plus a practicum and major research project or a thesis.

  • required courses (9 credits) include human rights theory, research methods and law.
  • the other 9 credits of graduate-­level, Law or post-­baccalaureate courses may be selected from an approved list that will include courses from multiple faculties, including Arts, Education and Social Work.

Practicum stream: 16 months full-time, including a practicum of at least three months.
Thesis stream: 16 to 24 months full-time.

Year 1 tuition: about $6,000 for Canadian students and about $13,200 for international students.

Each additional term: about $500.

Deadline for applications: tentatively Dec. 1, 2019

Admission criteria:

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum requirements, additional requirements for the MHR are:

  • Normally, a four-year bachelor’s degree with at least a B average (3.0 GPA) in the last 60 credit hours of study, or equivalent, to be completed before admission. Note that, due to the competitive nature of the admissions process, students with a higher GPA may have a greater chance of acceptance.
  • English language proficiency at the same level as the Faculty of Law requires from LLM applicants: TOEFL minimum iBT score of 100.
  • Normally, at least one undergraduate-level course in human rights or equivalent field experience is preferred.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Statement of interest (maximum two pages) that includes reasons for seeking admission, an outline of the applicant’s relevant background, a tentative indication of whether the student is likely to pursue a thesis or practicum, and a potential thesis topic, if applicable.

MHR students whose original language is English will be required to demonstrate working knowledge of a second language by the time of graduation. Note that American Sign Language will be among the languages recognized by the program. To satisfy the language requirement, students must either:

  • pass a language competency test approved by the MHR program; or
  • pass a program-approved language course. This course will be taken in addition to the 18 required course credits. Students who hope to work internationally should consider selecting one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or another world language such as German.
  • The Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies may waive this requirement in appropriate circumstances, including where a student provides other evidence of competence in a second language, such as a high school graduation certificate or transcript in that language, confirmation of work experience in the second language or a transcript of advanced education in the second language.

Available awards will include:

  • entrance awards for the top applicants and
  • travel awards for some students with demonstrated financial need, to conduct research or participate in a practicum or field course related to their human rights studies.


In preparation for the launch of this program, the University of Manitoba expects to hire a tenure-track assistant professor who will serve as the Mauro Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice. Start date to be determined.

U of M senate approves master of human rights program

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