Arab Master’s programme in Democracy and Human Rights – Global Campus Arab World

The Arab Master is a unique learning experience, rich in interdisciplinary content and academic activities and field-related work. It allows you to develop long-term relations across the region and beyond.

The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is a programme where theory meets practice:

  • An intensive advanced course in the field of democracy and human rights.
  • A Master’s Degree (60 ECTS) from Saint Joseph University in cooperation with the partner universities.
  • An intensive learning combined with an action and policy-oriented approach.
  • Comprised of two semesters: one in Beirut and the other in a participating university.
  • A supervised Master’s thesis in one of the partner universities.
  • The foundation for a successful career on national, international, and non-governmental levels.

Our international academic staff brings together professors, experts and practitioners coming from over 10 countries and sharing with students their knowledge, professional experience and expertise.

Our programme attracts students who are interested in understanding regional dynamics and country-specific socio-political trends across the Middle East and North Africa. It is also geared to professionals who want to back their experience in development, democratisation and human rights with solid scholarship.


The Arab Master includes research-oriented courses and practical trainings in the field of human rights and democratisation. It attracts students, researchers and experts from the region and beyond, because of its comparative approach and its interdisciplinary character.It offers cross-regional mobility, with one semester in Beirut (Lebanon), and another in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine or Tunisia.

You will acquire theoretical, practical and critical knowledge and insights into the region and the Master’s main thematics. The programme allows you to develop research and practical skills. It includes a week-long field trip and offers the possibility of doing internships in leading national and international organisations across the region.


The programme consists of two semesters:

The first semester in Beirut, Lebanon: Intense courses and trainings.

From September to January, students will attend seminars and workshops at Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. After training in research methodology, and doing several field visits, students will conduct a week-long field research on Refugee issues.

The second semester across the Arab world: Research and field experience.

From February to June, students will carry out their personal research and complete their thesis on a topic relevant to democracy and human rights. This will be done in one of our partner universities across the Arab World, according to the topic each student has chosen.


Application process: 

In order to apply you need to fill out the online Application Form. It includes a letter of intention explaining your interest in the programme and your career ambitions

You will also need to attach to your application:

  • A transcript of grades of your diplomas (Bacherlor degree and, when applicable, post-graduate degree)
  • A copy of your diploma (High School diploma, Bachelor degree and, when applicable, post-graduate degree)
  • A copy of your passport
  • A CV
  • A digital photo
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one should be academic)

For those requesting a Scholarship, you will find a specific section within the Application Form. Scholarship requests are examined at the same time as applications to the programme.

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The call for applications for the next academic year (2019/2020) is organised in two rounds of application:

  • The first round closes on the 17th of March 2019. Shortlisted candidates in this round will receive an answer by the 2nd of April 2019.
  • The second round of applications closes on the 26th of May 2019. Shortlisted candidates in this round will receive an answer by the 10th of June 2019.


Academic Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 240 ECTS (MA degree, or a BA degree with an additional 60 master-level European credits, or their equivalent). Degrees should be in political science, law, any other social science or specialisation in a relevant discipline. Additional studies and practical experience in the area of human rights in inter-governmental, governmental, or non-governmental organisations are a plus. Proficiency in written and spoken English is a must.