Master of Human Rights – MHR

The University of Manitoba will launch Canada’s first interdisciplinary Master of Human Rights program in September 2019.

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: $6,000 for domestic students (including Permanent Residents) and $11,954.12* for international students.

Each additional term: standard University of Manitoba continuing fee.

*The International Students Program Fee is calculated with the 2018/2019 international student differential rate and is subject to change for Fall 2019.

Disclaimer: Fees are approved annually by The University of Manitoba Board of Governors. In the event of a discrepancy between the fee rates approved by the Board and those published on this website, the fee rates approved by the Board will prevail. Students will be notified of any corrections that result in a re-assessment of their student account.

Deadline for applications: Application review will begin Dec. 15, 2018, on a rolling basis until the program is full. Early application is encouraged to avoid disappointment and ensure consideration for funding opportunities. Apply now.

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. Applicants who expect to complete their undergraduate degree before September may be conditionally accepted into the program. 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: a high school diploma or university degree from Canada or from an exempted country or 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 practicum or thesis, and a potential research question for those selecting the thesis option.

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:

  • All students admitted into the program are considered for funding opportunities; no separate application is required.
  • 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.



The Master of Human Rights will be led by a director and a new tenure-track assistant professor, who will serve as the Mauro Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice. This position will be advertised shortly.

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