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Humanitarian Affairs

These courses are responding to the need for an integrated, accountable and ethical approach to humanitarian interventions in which aid workers are often called upon to operate where the road has run out and where day-to-day demands extend beyond conventional professional boundaries.

Fordham University

Short Course (New York, Geneva, and elsewhere)

The International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) is ideal for those with a few of years of field experience and want to know more. It's a well respected four week, full-time course in humanitarian studies with particular emphasis on critical examination of global reform processes. "Not particularly high-powered academically, but practical, fun, interesting, and useful."


Short Course (Geneva)

The 19-week Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) offers aid professionals a strong understanding of contemporary humanitarian challenges through a comprehensive overview of conceptual and operational aspects of past and present humanitarian crises. "A great experience. Intense."

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Short Course (Liverpool)

Six-week, full-time Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance which prepares you for many aspects of humanitarian and development work.

Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA)

Full-time (Europe & International)

A joint Masters Degree in International Humanitarian Action through a network of European and international universities. "Good grounding for generalists wanting a career in the humanitarian world, but it doesn't cover specific topics to MSc level."

Georgetown University

Full- and part-time (Washington DC)

This Graduate Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies is more for those already working in human rights and refugee policy

Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection

Short- and part-time courses (Geneva and International)

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) from the humanitarian trade association Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) aims to improve the professionalism of international responses to situations of armed conflict, natural disasters, and other humanitarian crises.

Feinstein International Center

Full-time MA (Boston)

The Feinstein Center's MA in Humanitarian Affairs (MAHA) programme is for humanitarian professionals with significant field experience who are interested in furthering their careers with a one-year interdisciplinary MA.

London School of Economics

Full-time or Part-time MSc (London)

This is a flexible programme that provides you with academically rigorous graduate-level interdisciplinary training in the fields of international development and humanitarian affairs. Exposure to the real world of organisations and practitioners as part of an integrated consultancy project will, they say, boost your employability.

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