Graduate Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies

Program Description and Requirements

Main Campus students are required to take Introduction to Humanitarian Crises, which provides an overview of major principles, legal frameworks, theories, operational concerns and public policy issues.

Law Center students are encouraged (but not required) to take Refugee Law and Policy, which focuses on the development of forced migration laws and policies with a particular emphasis on U.S. asylum law.

In consultation with their faculty advisor, students will choose an additional five courses from a broader list of offerings designated for certificate credit. To ensure broad coverage of the field, each student must take at least one course on:

  • forced migration and humanitarian emergencies/disaster relief
  • human rights
  • conflict/post-conflict related issues

Such courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies: Advanced Research Seminar
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Project Management
  • Immigration Law and Policy
  • Migration and Development
  • International Trafficking of Women and Children
  • Conflict Management and International Security
  • International Mediation
  • War Crimes and Prosecution
  • International Criminal Law
  • Human Rights and Conflict
  • Human Rights in International Relations
  • Human Rights in the Arab World and Africa
  • International Human Rights Law

Many qualifying courses are offered on an annual basis while others are taught periodically. Students accepted into the Certificate program may also petition ISIM for approval of courses not listed for certificate credit.


This certificate is available to students enrolled in one of the following Georgetown University programs:

School of Foreign Service

Other Programs


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