Human Rights and International Justice

Since 2007, the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College has offered an interdisciplinary Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice to students in BC’s graduate and professional schools. The certificate program is designed to address the increasing complexity of human rights issues in an increasingly globalized world. Certificate students learn to think critically within and across disciplines to grasp more fully contemporary human rights challenges, and to be better prepared to offer thoughtful and effective responses. The certificate program is open to students who are registered in BC’s graduate and professional schools.

What are the requirements to complete the interdisciplinary certificate?

  • Three courses from the Center’s approved course list—two being courses within the student’s academic discipline, and one course from outside the student’s discipline

  • The Center’s Interdisciplinary Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 3 courses for a total of 9 credits. 

How long will it take?

The certificate requirements may be completed in one year.


Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Course Course Title Credit

Graduate Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice

Professors Daniel Kanstroom (BC School of Law) and M. Brinton Lykes (Psychology/Lynch School of Education) will teach this interdisciplinary seminar on compelling human rights challenges of our times. Select guest speakers including Fellows and Affiliated Faculty of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice will join students in developing an interdisciplinary understanding of—and responses to—these issues.


Application Information


Current Lynch students interested in this certificate are strongly encouraged to meet with Center Assistant Director Timothy Karcz to discuss the program.


Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
December 1
Late Decision
March 1

Application Form

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

Fee Waiver Form


In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.


Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education. Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467