The humanitarian field is growing and changing quickly: increasing numbers of people in need, the expansion of humanitarian agencies, and rising budgets have placed severe demands on the system. At the same time the nature of conflict, the severity of climate hazards, and the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more difficult to serve affected populations. Numerous factors, including rising concerns about global inequities, have placed greater demands on the humanitarian system to be more locally led. These shifts mean we need new models of effective humanitarian assistance and more capable humanitarian leaders to develop and implement them.

The Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) is a rigorous academic program that prepares humanitarian practitioners to address today’s humanitarian challenges as leaders in the evolving landscape. It is a one-year, joint degree offered by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and The Fletcher School at Tufts University.