Master of Science in Humanitarian Action 


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Students in the Master of Science in Humanitarian Action program engage with a faculty of high-caliber professors and industry experts who have substantial knowledge and first-hand experience in humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Some of our faculty are full-time professors within USD’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies; others are executive-level directors, experienced consultants and regional coordinators who work directly for humanitarian-related organizations. Their areas of expertise include humanitarian response, nonprofit management, peace and conflict resolution, international law and diplomacy, peace and justice studies, emergency preparedness/response, environmental peacebuilding, and humanitarian leadership.

Topher McDougal, Ph.D.
Topher McDougal, Ph.D.
Academic Director, Professor of Economic Development, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego
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Greg Cormier
Humanitarian Response Team Leader, Mercy Corps
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Jim DiFrancesca
Director of Humanitarian Assistance, PCI
Dr. Rob Grace
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Brown University
Eric James, PhD
Executive Director, Field Ready
Ernest Ogbozor, PhD
Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University
John Patterson
USAID/BHA Regional Humanitarian Advisor
David J Smith
David J. Smith
President, Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education
Beza Tesfaye
Beza Tesfaye
Director of Research and Learning for Migration and Climate Change, Mercy Corps