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    Jun 13, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Humanitarian Policy and Practice (Graduate Certificate)


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Offered by the School of International Service , the Humanitarian Policy and Practice (Graduate Certificate) prepares students to work in the humanitarian sector. Students are equipped with foundational understanding of the humanitarian field including scholarly, policy, and ethical debates in addition to acquiring relevant professional skills and methods. Students must complete a curricular and a co-curricular component.

Admission to the Program


This certificate is available to students currently enrolled in an American University graduate degree program. It is also open to students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit their official transcripts along with a one-page statement of purpose.

Non-native English speakers are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they hold a degree from a U.S.-accredited institution before enrollment at SIS. The minimum TOEFL score for full admission consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test (PBT). The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

Certificate Requirements


  • 12 credit hours with grades of C or better 
  • Complete a designated SIS Humanitarian Response co-curricular activity
  • Compliance with all regulations for a certificate (Graduate Academic Regulations 4.11 5 6 )

Course Requirements


Competence Acquisition (9 Credit Hours)


Foundational


Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other humanitarian response-related course approved by Faculty Advisor:

Professional Skills and Methods


Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other humanitarian response-related course approved by Faculty Advisor:

  • Acquiring and Managing Consulting Projects

    Briefing Policymakers

    Building Cross-Sector Partnerships

    Building Resilience

    Conflict-Sensitive Programming

    Culturally Responsive Program Design

    Data Visualization: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques

    Ethics for International Service

    Fundraising and Grantwriting

    Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit

    Media Relations in Conflict Zones

    Program Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

    Project Management: Leading Projects with Agility

    Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disasters

    Smartphone Media Production

    Writing Op-Eds

Concentration


Complete 3 credit hours from one of the following concentrations, or other humanitarian response-related course approved by Faculty Advisor:

Migration (3 credit hours)

Conflict and Peacebuilding (3 credit hours)

Human Rights (3 credit hours)

Global Health (3 credit hours)

Competence Application (3 Credit Hours)


Complete 3 credit hours from one of the following related to humanitarian action and approved by Faculty Advisor:

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