Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
WHY A PART-TIME HYBRID MASTER'S IN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE & CRISIS MANAGEMENT?
Humanitarian action and crisis management professionals are needed now more than ever. Natural disasters are worsening with climate change and have compounded with violent conflicts, famines, and other global crises to produce complex emergencies and an unprecedented number of displaced and vulnerable communities worldwide.
Geared toward working- or aspiring-humanitarian professionals who seek to advance their career without leaving their jobs and community commitments, this interdisciplinary hybrid online master’s degree program includes brief but important in-person residencies to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to lead principled and effective humanitarian responses.
You will begin with a one-week summer residency on SIT’s Vermont campus, where you will meet your cohort and faculty, and begin your coursework.
For the rest of the summer and into spring, you will study for your hybrid master’s degree online, alongside your cohort, building a critical understanding of humanitarian principles, standards, and the emerging trends in humanitarian action and refugee studies. You will learn the theoretical frameworks and practical skills for leading a crisis response; designing, implementing, and monitoring programs in a variety of humanitarian sectors; and conducting a field-based inquiry.
There will be a two-week residency in Jordan during the fourth semester. You will have the opportunity to visit a number of NGOs, and interact with aid workers and refugees, as you witness humanitarian assistance and advocacy in action.
During the fifth semester, you will conduct a virtual or in-person practicum project at a community-based organization, non-governmental organization or international non-governmental organization to gain hands-on experience in humanitarian assistance and crisis management.
In your final semester, you will study international human rights and humanitarian law and complete a capstone project to master ethically and culturally appropriate field practice and research, enabling you to provide evidence-based recommendations and interventions in a range of humanitarian sectors.
By the conclusion of the program you will be equipped with the critical knowledge and practical tools needed to succeed as a future humanitarian professional and confront human-made and natural disasters in an increasingly complex world.