The Feinstein International Center and Tufts University offer students and practitioners a variety of opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and practical experience in humanitarian action and related fields. Our faculty teach courses at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. We are actively involved in mentoring and supporting the academic and field work of students and practitioners.

Degree Programs

Tufts University offers three graduate degrees or concentrations in humanitarian studies: the Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA); the MA in Law and Diplomacy degree (Humanitarian field); and the MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition degree (Humanitarian Assistance concentration). The Center’s faculty also supervise PhD students at Tufts and other Universities.

Food Policy & Applied Nutrition                  (FPAN)


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FPAN is offered by the Friedman School. Students pursue a two-year M.S. through a multidisciplinary curriculum in nutrition science, statistics, economics, and food policy. Graduates of the program possess the skills and knowledge necessary to make an impact on food and nutrition programs and policies in the United States and around the world.


Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA)


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MAHA is a joint-degree program, offered by the Friedman and Fletcher Schools. It is geared towards mid-career professionals who have significant field experience in humanitarian assistance. Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social development.


Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)


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MALD is offered by the Fletcher School. A flexible, multidisciplinary curriculum allows students to choose from 22 fields of study within three divisions: International Law and Organizations; Diplomacy, History and Politics; and Economics and International Business. Graduates of the program possess the knowledge, skills, tools, and preparation needed to excel in a highly competitive global economy.


PhD Programs


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Our faculty supervise students in the PhD programs at Fletcher and Friedman Schools. We also supervise students in non-Tufts programs.


Humanitarian Education Courses at Tufts

Below are the core humanitarian courses at Tufts. Some of these are cross-listed between schools; some are specific to a given school. Some courses listed meet requirements for specific degree programs and others are part of broader fields of study that are directly applicable to humanitarian studies, which may be used as electives. Please consult your degree(s)-specific requirements and prerequisites before enrolling in any of these courses

Course No. Course Name Offered Instructor
NUTR 0223 Seminar in Humanitarian Issues (MAHA only) Fall Daniel Maxwell
NUTR 0229 Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies Fall Daniel Maxwell
NUTR 0308 Nutrition in Emergencies Policies, Practice and Decision-Making Spring TBD
NUTR 0297 Directed Study – MAHA Capstone Project Spring Daniel Maxwell
NUTR 0202 Principles of Nutrition Science Fall Diane McKay
NUTR 0207 Statistical Methods in Nutrition Science and Policy Fall Sean Cash
NUTR 0210 Survey Research Nutrition Spring Beatrice Rogers
NUTR 0217 Monitoring and Evaluation of Nutrition and Food Security Projects Spring Jennifer Coates
NUTR 0222* Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies *Cross-listed with Fletcher (DHP D232) Fall Dyan Mazurana and Elizabeth Stites
NUTR 0228 Community and Public Health Nutrition Fall Virginia Chomitz
NUTR 0231 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fall & Spring Paul Cote
NUTR 0238 Economics for Food Policy Analysis Spring William Masters
NUTR 0301 Nutrition in the Life Cycle Spring Jennifer Truong
NUTR 0304 Nutrition, Food Security, and Development Fall Jennifer Coates
NUTR 0310 Qualitative Research Methods for Nutrition Spring Justeen Hyde
NUTR 0324 International Humanitarian Response Spring Daniel Maxwell
DHP D220 Processes of International Negotiation Fall & Spring Eileen Babbitt, Diana Chigas, Nadim Rouhana and Rob Wilkinson
DHP D221 International Mediation (prerequisite D220 or equivalent) Spring Eileen Babbitt
DHP D223 Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution Fall Nadim Rouhana
DHP D231 Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies Spring Dyan Mazurana and Elizabeth Stites
DHP D235 Introduction to Research Methods Spring Karen Jacobsen
DHP D239 Forced Migration Spring Karen Jacobsen
DHP P220 Understanding Mass Atrocities Spring Bridget Conley-Zilkic
DHP P222 Development Aid in Practice Fall Rob Wilkinson
DHP P225 Design & Monitoring of Peacebuilding and Development Programming August Pre-Session Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church
DHP P226 Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development for Practitioners and Donors January Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church
DHP XXX Engaging Human Security Spring Kimberly Theidon
DHP XXX Issues in Global Health Spring Kimberly Theidon
DHP P298 Conflict in Africa Fall Alex de Waal
EIB B241 Financial Inclusion: A Method for Development Spring Kim Wilson
EIB B243 Market Approaches to Development Spring Kim Wilson
ILO L210 International Human Rights Law Fall Hurst Hannum
ILO L216 International Humanitarian Law Fall John Cerone
ILO L224 Peace Operations Spring Ian Johnstone
Non-Degree Programs for Practitioners

We offer academic opportunities for professionals to develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy and development as they relate to humanitarian action.



Practitioner in Residence Program

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Recognizing the dynamic nature of relief work, the high turnover of staff, and the need for reflection and learning, we offer returning field workers the opportunity join the Center for four to twelve weeks. Practitioners in residence work with a faculty adviser to design an appropriate course of study.

Ways for Students and Alumni to Get Involved

Internships with FIC Partners

The Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation, and Policy Project (AKLDP) is a five-year project of USAID Ethiopia which provides collaborative learning and coordination support across the Feed the Future  portfolio, leading to improved agriculture, livestock and pastoral policy and programming. The team may consider a highly-qualified intern to support the work (although there is no formal posting). Please contact Adrian Cullis to inquire.

Job opportunities

None at this time.

Groups for students and alumni

For anyone interested in Humanitarian Action:

  • Humanitarian Professionals LinkedIn Group: Whether you’re on assignment in Darfur or DRC, Sri Lanka or OCHA HQ, coordinating emergency relief operations, advocacy to governments, or backstopping an NGO or UN technical unit, this group should help you connect with others engaged in humanitarian response. Click here to request approval from the moderator to join.

For Current Tufts Students:

  • Humanitarian Action Society (HAS): works to engage the Fletcher community in issues surrounding humanitarian crises, responses, and work in the field.  The goal is to foster interest in and understanding of humanitarian action for both specialists and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. Events in the 2015-2016 year will include skills building workshops, guest speaker events, events coordinated with the MAHA program, cross-school mixers (with similar clubs at Harvard and MIT). To get involved, contract Adrienne Klein ( or join the HAS Trunk page by logging into Trunk, clicking on “Membership,” then “Joinable Sites,” search for “Humanitarian Action Society,” and click join.

For Tufts Alumni:

  • MAHA Alumni Group: To keep individuals who have MAHA program connected. Please click here to request to join the group on LinkedIn

Useful list serves and other resources

  • The Field Exchange is a technical publication on nutrition in emergencies that provides a platform to capture and rapidly “exchange” humanitarian programming experiences. On the site you will find research, evaluations, news, and technical views. They are often looking for articles. Check their website to gather information and/or learn how to submit an article.
  • InsideNGO is a global association of over 300 international relief and development organizations who share operational expertise, insights, and leading practices to better sustain organizations and support essential missions in a changing world. Sign up for their emails to get regular updates skill development opportunities.
  • Devex is a membership organization that aggregates news, jobs, business intelligence, and funding opportunities for international development professionals. You can sign up for their newsletter here.

Student grant opportunities

The Feinstein International Center annual summer grants program is designed to stimulate applied research in issues pertaining to complex emergencies, humanitarian assistance, refugees and other migrants, natural disasters, and food security. Grants are typically between $2,000 and $3,000.

Applications are due by Thursday, March 31, 2016

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