Entry Requirements

Master of Arts in Human Rights and Social Justice consists of three semesters and one summer term planned for internship or human rights clinic. The program strives for an admissions process that is fair and transparent.

MA HRSJ considers English language proficiency, essay, undergraduate GPA, statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and work and volunteer experience into account in making its admissions recommendations.

Two recommendation letters

Recommendation letters must be completed on the AUA template by two separate recommenders in English, Armenian, and – in rare cases – Russian. Each recommender must then submit the completed form online or via email as an attachment to [email protected] Hard copies of recommendation letters are no longer accepted.

Additional instructions are available in the application. For related details, visit here.

While you can download the recommendation letter form directly from your Fall 2022 admission application, we have also included them here:

 

 

  • Updated resume/CV in English
  • Passport scan (photo and registration pages), or National ID
  • A scan of Armenian Social Services Number (for Armenian citizens only)
  • A photo (corresponding the online application requirements)
  • Non-refundable Application Fee of 20,000 AMD

Criteria Admissions recommendations are based on a comprehensive review of each applicant’s file. Decisions are holistic in the sense that no mathematical weighting is applied to the criteria. The admissions committee uses a judgmental uses judgmental evaluation approach. 

In addition to the university’s Graduate Admissions General Requirements, available at https://admissions.aua.am/graduate/application-requirements/, the program examines the following:

 

 

·        An undergraduate degree. The program is open to graduate students from all disciplines with a demonstrated interest in human rights.  

 

·        The English language proficiency test. TOEFL IBT or TOEFL IBT Home Tests (required minimum score 79), IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator exams (required minimum 6.5), English Language Proficiency Test Waiver. The applicants who have TOEFL IBT or TOEFL IBT Home Test over 80 and IELTS Academic or IELTS indicator exams over 6.5 will have advantage during the admission process.[i]

 

·        An essay. Applicants must submit an unpublished written article/paper describing one human rights issue and their suggested roadmap to tackle it. The article/paper should have a font type -Times New Roman, font size – 12pt, be double-spaced and include 1,000 typed words.

 

·        Interview performance. Interviews focus on the following capacities of the applicant: motivation, verbal communication skills, knowledge of human rights issues in Armenia and worldwide, commitment, curiosity, reflection, determination, and diligence.

 

·        Work and volunteer experience is an asset.

 

 

[i] If the applicant is unable to take the TOEFL IBT (including Special Home Edition) test, IELTS Academic (including Indicator) exam, or is not approved for a Waiver, MA HRSJ will offer an alternative to the English language proficiency exam assessing the applicant’s fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy through a corresponding rubric.