Certificate Program

certificate program

 

The Certificate Program of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice is open to Boston College graduate and professional students enrolled in a degree granting program in any of the university’s graduate or professional schools.

 

Certificate program brochure

Requirements

The Certificate requires that the student has:

  • Followed a curriculum within his or her graduate studies that emphasizes human rights and international justice issues, including at least two human rights related courses within own discipline.  The Center's current approved course list may be accessed here.
  • Widened his or her interdisciplinary understanding of these issues by completing at least one course designated by the Center in an academic department or discipline that is not his or her own.
  • Completed the Center’s Interdisciplinary Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice, which will include a research project component for certificate-track students. (NB: the seminar is registration by permission only; get application details here on the seminar's webpage.)

 

Approved Courses

Consult the current full list of Center-approved Certificate courses that may count toward the certificate's requirements:

Approved Courses

Seminar

The graduate Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice, which is a core requirement for the certificate and offered every spring, has a separate application and deadline, which is sometime in the preceding fall semester.

NB:  The seminar has an extra academic requirement for certificate-track students, so students interested in the certificate should apply for the certificate before the start of the seminar to be designated as a certificate student and to ensure certificate requirements are met.

  More details on the seminar

 

Application

It is strongly recommended that students considering the certificate program meet with Center Assistant Director Timothy Karcz before applying to the program.  He may be contacted at timothy.karcz@bc.edu.

Each student will need his or her Program of Study approved by the Center Directors prior to admission to the Certificate Program. To apply to the program, please submit the following:

this Google Form online to initiate the application

BC transcript 

CV 

reference

1-2 page statement of interest, and 

relevant program of study (see below) 

to the Assistant Director at timothy.karcz@bc.edu

Certificate Program applications are considered on a rolling basis, however preference for enrollment in selected certificate courses is given to students already accepted into the program, so applying as early as possible is recommended.  As well, if you are enrolled in a one year Master's program, please submit your application early in the Fall semester.

 

Programs of Study

Below are template Programs of Study for students enrolled in some specific BC graduate programs and a generic program of study to be completed by all others.  The full list of currently approved certificate courses is maintained here, for reference.

PROGRAM OF STUDY TEMPLATES

Law

Political Science

Social Science (including graduate programs in the Department of Sociology of the Morrisey School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Social Work, and the Lynch School of Education)

Theology

All Other Disciplines

 

Completion of the Certificate

Students enrolled in the program expecting to complete the certificate in a given academic year will be required to submit a pre-graduation audit program of study before registration for the spring semester.

An official transcript showing all completed required coursework is required to receive the certificate.

Any questions regarding the certificate program may be directed to Center Assistant Director Timothy Karcz at timothy.karcz@bc.edu