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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

Degree Programs


Certificate Requirements

All Certificate students must:

A. Complete core humanitarian coursework comprised of two courses which aim to introduce students to key aspects of humanitarian assistance (one focused on humanitarian systems and the other on-field operations), plus two additional courses directly related to humanitarian assistance.

B. Take three elective courses in one of three tracks (personalized tracks are also possible with Director's permission):

a. Management/Operations
b. Monitoring, Evaluation and Analysis
c. Policy/Advocacy

C. Complete an internship (150 hours) with an organization whose core work includes international humanitarian assistance or humanitarian 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.

Detailed Requirements:
Complete seven courses (28 total credits), plus an internship, as outlined below:
1. Core (four courses, 16 credits):

a) Two required courses (to be taken in the first quarter available after acceptance):

• INTS 4496 - Field Operations for Humanitarian Assistance
• INTS 4581 - Introduction to Humanitarian Systems

b) Plus two additional courses (note: courses may not be offered every year), selected from:

• INTS 4056 - Information Management in Human Crises
• INTS 4492 - Health and Humanitarian Aid
• INTS 4583 - International Protection in the Humanitarian    Context
• INTS 4647 – Critical Issues in International Humanitarian Assistance
• INTS 4652 - Contemporary Issues in Refugee Studies
• INTS 4787 - Civil-Military Practices in Humanitarian Responses
• INTS 4935 - International Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflict

2. Elective Courses(12 credits): At least three courses in one of the following tracks

The following list of courses is not comprehensive. Students have some latitude in the design of their elective track, and should consult with the certificate director on the selection of courses to complete the elective track requirement.

Note: only one non-INTS course may be counted towards the Certificate.


• INTS 4342 - Project Management
• INTS 4391 - Financial Management & Fundraising of Non-Profits
• INTS 4394 - Non-Profit Management: Issues & Techniques
• INTS 4497 - International Campaign Management
• INTS 4555 - Professional Communications
• INTS 4557 - Cross-Cultural Communications
• INTS 4920 - Conflict Resolution

Monitoring, Evaluation and Analysis

• INTS 4057 - Statistics for International Affairs*
• INTS 4332 - Data Analysis & Development
• INTS 4333 - International Project Analysis
• INTS 4423 - Introduction to Epidemiology
• *GEOG 3100 - Geospatial Data (4 credits)
• *GEOG 3130 - Advanced GIS (4 credits)
• *PPOL 4400 - Analytical & Critical Skills (4 credits)

* Students may take INTS 4057 - Statistics for International Affairs (which combines Stats I and Stats II) only if they have a strong quantitative background and a minimum quantitative GRE score of 148 coming into the program. This is a fast-paced course and students with a lower GRE score may NOT take this course without instructor's permission.


• INTS 4056 – Information Management in Humanitarian Crises
• INTS 4495 - Civil Wars & International Responses I: Causes and Consequences
• INTS 4497 - International Campaign Management
• INTS 4595 - Civil Wars & International Responses II: Post-war Peacebuilding
• INTS 4931 - International Organizations
• INTS 4934 - Intervention: Policy & Practice
• INTS 4936 - International Law & Human Rights
• INTS 4941 - Human Rights & International Organizations
• INTS 4987 - Forced Labor & Human Trafficking
• *CSPY 4500 - International Disaster Psychology I (Graduate School of Professional Psychology, instructor approval required) (3 credits)
• *CSPY 4606 - Gender-Based Violence (Graduate School of Professional Psychology, instructor approval required)

*Only one non-INTS course may be counted towards the Certificate.

3. Internship:
An internship (150 hours) with an organization, whose core work includes international humanitarian assistance or humanitarian policy/advocacy, is required for the Humanitarian Assistance Certificate. These are usually completed by students in the summer between the first and second years of the MA program. Students arrange their own internship placements but should consult with the HA certificate director for ideas. Approval must be obtained in advance from the Director of the HA Certificate. Internships must also be approved by the JKSIS Office of Career and Professional Development before the internship starts.

NOTE: All students admitted into the program should refer to the Master's Handbook for program requirements. This website version serves as an opportunity for potential applicants to develop and understanding of the certificate.