The University of Pennsylvania Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Human Rights is designed to provide enriched perspectives on human rights. Through this certificate, students will gain a working knowledge of the core international human rights documents, treaties, and mechanisms.
By taking a cross-disciplinary approach, students are challenged to look at similar topics or questions from different approaches. Access to diverse coursework gives students the opportunity to shape this certificate around their own specific interests within human rights.
This Certificate accords with the United Nations Second Phase of the World Program for Human Rights Education (WPHRE) that began in 2010 and focuses on institutions of higher education.
This interdisciplinary certificate is open to students in graduate programs across Penn’s campus. Students do not need to apply to this certificate program. Instead, students fill out a Completion Form when they have finished the course requirements in order to document their completion of the certificate.
It is not always possible for MSW students to complete the Global Human Rights certificate within the 16 courses that are taken for the MSW degree (or 10 courses, in the case of Advanced Standing). In these instances, students who wish to complete the certificate will need to take an additional course or courses and pay the associated tuition and fees.
The charts below indicate sample of courses of study for MSW students who wish to complete the Global Human Rights certificate. These grids are intended to serve as an example only; any student considering the certificate should meet with the Associate Dean of Inclusion as early as possible to outline a course of study.
Detailed information about current certificate requirements, including required courses, approved courses, policies and procedures can be found on the Global Human Rights certificate website.