Global Human Rights Certificate

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.

Detailed information about current certificate requirements, including required courses, approved courses, policies and procedures can be found on the Global Human Rights certificate website.

The certificate requires students to take five courses relating to international human rights. Students can petition to have two MSSP core courses to count towards the Certificate (typically, MSSP 628: Policy Analysis and the MSSP Theory Elective). Two courses counting towards the Certificate may also count towards the student’s MSSP electives. Students must take one course beyond the ten required MSSP courses to complete the certificate.

SP2 News

Chad Lassiter

Alumni Stories

Chad Dion Lassiter, SP2 Alum, Receives 2021 Social Worker of the Year Award

On October 26th, the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter, presented Chad Dion Lassiter, Penn’s School of Social Policy...

Ezekiel Dixon-Roman sits at a table with a laptop and speaks to an audience

Faculty & Research

Ezekiel Dixon-Román on the Facebook whistleblower

In a Senate hearing earlier this month, former Facebook project manager Frances Haugen testified against the tech giant, saying that...

cover page containing title of report

Faculty & Research

New Research Underscores Role Museums, Libraries Play to Create Healthier, More Equitable America

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, in partnership with Reinvestment Fund, have released a new study, Understanding the Social Wellbeing...

U.S./Mexico border with wall in foreground and mountains behind

Faculty & Research

The state of U.S. immigration

Immigration is once again front and center in the national debate. Approximately 65,000 Afghans have been evacuated to the United States after...

Discover More