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Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Certificate Program

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


Requirements

The Certificate requires that the student has:

  1. 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.  Refer to the Center's approved course list for currently approved courses.
  2. 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.
  3. Completed the Center’s Interdisciplinary Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice, which will include a research project component for certificate-track students.


Programs of Study

Below are sample Programs of Study for students enrolled in some specific graduate programs and a generic program of study to be completed by all others.


Approved Courses

Click here for a list of Center-approved Certificate courses that may count toward certificate requirements.

Application

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, first submit the application form with a transcript, CV, recommendation, one-page statement of interest and program of study (see above) to the Assistant Director at timothy.karcz@bc.edu

For students who took the graduate seminar before the Spring 2013 semester, an independent study must be completed to satisfy the independent research component of the certificate.  Once a supervising faculty member has been identified, and a proposal formulated, submit the independent study form to the Assistant Director for approval by the Center.

Certificate Program applications are considered on a rolling basis, however preference for enrollment in selected certificate courses is given for students already accepted into the program.  For these purposes, the application deadline for consideration before summer/fall semester registration is March 25 and the deadline before spring semester registration is October 28.

NB:  If you are taking the spring Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice and intend to pursue the certificate, you must apply to the certificate program by January 9, before the class begins, in order to have the seminar count toward the certificate requirements.

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.  More details may be found here.

If you are enrolled in a one year Master's program, please submit your application early in the Fall semester.

Prospective certificate program students are strongly encouraged to discuss the program with CHRIJ Assistant Director Timothy Karcz before submitting an application to the program.  Contact him at timothy.karcz@bc.edu to set up a meeting.