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Join USD’s Master of Science in Humanitarian Action program and start building your future as a humanitarian leader, critical thinker, and valued resource to companies looking to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Apply now and your application to the MSHA program is completely FREE. 

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Who Is This Degree For?

Are you motivated by change and making a difference? The M.S. in Humanitarian Action degree program is ideally suited for candidates who recognize the need to think holistically about humanitarian crises in a broader context. 

You may have an undergraduate degree, background and/or relevant experience in areas including but not limited to:

  • Humanitarian Aid
  • International Affairs
  • Political Science
  • Social Justice 
  • Social Impact
  • Economic Development
  • Government Relations
  • Sustainability 
  • Volunteerism
  • The Military 
  • Grant Development/Writing
  • Community Outreach
  • Program Coordination 
  • Financial Accountability 
  • Peace Corps
  • AmeriCorps

Specific positions that are well suited for this program include: 

  • International humanitarian aid and development workers
  • U.S.-focused natural disaster response workers
  • Refugee service providers
  • Staff from philanthropic foundations
  • Government personnel (U.S. Navy, Marines, FEMA, U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, etc.) 
  • Private sector employees working with (or for) firms that sell or source to markets in insecure and/or disaster-affected areas
  • Social entrepreneurs

Whether you are an experienced professional looking to take your career to the next level or a recent graduate, we invite you to apply to this program. We also seek applicants who may not have background or experience in any of these areas but are action-minded individuals with volunteer experience interested in pursuing a career in the humanitarianism or disaster relief sector.

Program Snapshot

Application Deadline
August 2

Program Length
20 Months

Total Units

100% Online

Why Choose University of San Diego?

Academic excellence, top-ranked university

Aside from attending a prestigious university with a long history and a great reputation, you’ll enjoy a practical, immediately relevant curriculum geared toward advancing your career.

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Curriculum relevant to today’s humanitarian crises

The MSHA program is designed to prepare action-minded professionals with the skills, knowledge and tools to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. 

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High-caliber faculty and advisors

Our world-class faculty involved in the MSHA program include current USD instructors and external experts. The faculty in this program have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in everything from peace and conflict resolution to international law and diplomacy