The mission of the Humanitarian Assistance Program is to prepare students to work in the humanitarian field. The program provides students with the theoretical and practical underpinnings for humanitarian work which is technically sound, engages with affected communities, responds to the diverse needs of affected populations and sets the stage for sustainable and inclusive recovery and development.
All Certificate students are required to:
- Complete core humanitarian coursework comprised of two courses which aim to introduce students to key aspects of humanitarian assistance (one focused on policy and the other on field operations) and two additional courses directly related to humanitarian assistance.
- Take three elective courses in one of three tracks
- Monitoring, evaluation and analysis
- Complete an internship (150 hours) with an organization whose core work includes international humanitarian assistance or policy/advocacy. This is a critical component of the Certificate. It is unlikely that students in the Certificate Program will find appropriate internships in Denver. Certificate candidates should plan to spend some significant time interning at an appropriate location (either in the US or abroad) in order to fulfill this requirement.
A limited number of students pursuing a Master's degree at Korbel are admitted to the Humanitarian Assistance Certificate Program each year. Admission is extremely competitive on the basis of experience, focus and motivation.
Applications will be accepted from Korbel students at the beginning of each academic
year (due late September). Applicants will be interviewed as part of the application
process. Students will be informed about whether they have been accepted by early/mid-November.
A concentration in Humanitarian Assistance is also available and requires completion of mandatory and 2 additional core courses
If you are interested in either the certificate or concentration, please contact the office of Graduate Admissions at 303.871.2544 or email@example.com.
Please note: this is not a stand-alone certificate. Interested students must apply and be accepted to an MA program within the Josef Korbel School to then pursue this certificate in conjunction with an MA.