Top employers: Chemonics International, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank Group, US Department of State, US Department of Justice
Michelle Mays, SIS/MA '08
What does a nurse with an IA degree do? MSF felt like a natural landing point.
While working for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), I’ve worked primarily in conflict zones. Even though I was not in a peace and conflict role—it's a medical and humanitarian role—my skills and what I was able to learn in the [EPHR] program in terms of understanding conflict and working in very complex environments was enormously useful. Learn more about my work with MSF.
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes in and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights are as follows:
- Fall semester (all applicants): January 15
- Spring semester (domestic applicants): October 1
- Spring semester (international applicants): September 15
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
EPHR graduates go on to find and facilitate peaceful and ethical solutions to the world’s most daunting international challenges. They tackle issues like gender equality in the Middle East, interfaith understanding, public health, ethical approaches to development, and more. They boast successful careers in both the private and nonprofit sectors, government agencies, consulting firms, and even create their own organizations. While many graduates apply their MA in EPHR to work directly in the international affairs field, others may choose to pursue their doctorate studies or teach following their completion of the program.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission. SIS also has partnerships with a number of organizations like the Peace Corps and Pickering Fellowship that provide qualified individuals with funding.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.