Master of Human Rights

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

1. Practicum stream: 16 months full-time, including a practicum of at least three months.
2. 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 will be as follows:

o A four-year bachelor’s degree with at least a B average (3.0 GPA) in the last 60 credit hours of study, to be completed before admission. Note that students with a higher GPA may have a greater chance of acceptance in the competitive process.

o English Language Proficiency :

  • TOEFL – Achieve a minimum iBT (internet based test) score of 100; or a
  • minimum score of 250 computer based test
  • CanTEST – Achieve a minimum band of 5.0 in all four (4) skill areas
  • IELTS – Achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the Academic Module
  • CAEL – Achieve a minimum 80 overall and 80 on each subtest

o At least one undergraduate-level course in human rights or equivalent field experience is preferred.

o Two letters of reference.

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:

  • provide evidence of competence in a second language, such as a high school graduation certificate or transcript in that language, description of work experience in the second language or transcript of advanced education in the second language; or
  • pass a language competency test approved by the MHR program; or
  • complete a program-approved language course and obtain a grade of B or better. 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.


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.

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