MAHA Curriculum and Requirements


Students take three required courses, three core electives focused on humanitarian assistance, and two electives of their own choosing.

Required Courses:

Seminar in Humanitarian Issues (NUTR 223)
Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies (NUTR 229/DHP D230)
Nutrition in Complex Emergencies (NUTR 308/DHP D 237)

Core Electives:

Students must take three of the following courses at the Friedman School or the Fletcher School:

NUTR 0202: Principles of Nutrition Science
NUTR 0207: Statistical Methods in Nutrition Science and Policy
NUTR 0210: Survey Research Nutrition
NUTR 0217: Monitoring and Evaluation of Nutrition and Food Security Projects
NUTR 0222: Gender, Culture, and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
NUTR 0228: Community and Public Health Nutrition
NUTR 0231: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
NUTR 0238: Economics for Food Policy Analysis
NUTR 243: Forced Migration
NUTR 0301: Nutrition in the Life Cycle
NUTR 0304: Nutrition, Food Security, and Development
NUTR 0324: International Humanitarian Response
DHP D220: Processes of International Negotiation
DHP D221: International Mediation (prerequisite D220 or equivalent)
DHP D223: Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution
DHP D231: Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies
DHP D235: Introduction to Research Methods
DHP P220: Understanding Mass Atrocities
DHP P222: Development Aid in Practice
DHP P225: Design & Monitoring of Peacebuilding and Development Programming
DHP P226: Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development for Practitioners & Donors
DHP P297: Engaging Human Security: Latin America
DHP P298: Conflict in Africa
ILO L210: International Human Rights Law
ILO L216: International Humanitarian Law
ILO L224: Peace Operations

PLEASE NOTE: Some of these courses may not be offered. Substitutions may be used upon permission by the director of the MAHA program.

Additional Electives:

Students may choose from any course offered at the Friedman or Fletcher schools to meet this requirement.


The capstone is a unique opportunity for students to work on an issue that they are passionate about matched with a faculty advisor who will help guide them through the process. Students draw on their learning at Tufts and previous humanitarian experiences to develop this comprehensive written study. The format of the final product is flexible to allow students to focus on their specific aims for the study. Each student is matched with a faculty advisor who will help guide them through the process.

Capstone projects by past MAHA students are available at the Tufts Digital Library website.

Language Requirement

For native English speakers: you must pass a reading and oral foreign language examination in order to graduate.

Non-native English speakers who were primarily educated in English may also be required to demonstrate their proficiency in a second language by completing a reading and oral foreign language examination.

Other Requirements

All students are also expected to pass a short online course on research ethics.

Other Humanitarian Education Options at Tufts

The MAHA program is one of several ways to study issues related to humanitarian response at Tufts. The Fletcher and Friedman Schools also offer degree options. Learn more here.

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