M.A. in Humane Education

Program Overview

The M.A. in Humane Education is a degree for changemakers who want to incorporate social justice, animal protection, and environmental sustainability into their work. The 33-credit graduate program is delivered online through a partnership with Antioch University, with an optional one-week humane education residency held at the Institute for Humane Education in Surry, Maine.

To complete the application, you will be directed to Antioch’s website and prompted to create an account. The M.A  program is associated with Antioch’s New England Campus—even though the program itself is online. This information will be helpful in locating the correct program in the application process.

Is the M.A. Right For You?

The M.A. in Humane Education is recommended for educators outside of the traditional school setting, advocates, and changemakers. Our M.A. program has attracted students who apply their learnings to work in:

  • The non-profit sector including animal sanctuary programs
  • The arts, writing, and publishing
  • Communications roles
  • Local government roles
  • Community building projects
  • Effective advocacy campaigns

If you are interested in applying the concepts of humane education to work in a classroom setting, look into the M.Ed. in Humane Education.

M.A. Career Outlook

Some graduates of the M.A. program apply their learnings within their existing roles, bringing new perspectives and nuance to their work or their team.

Other graduates come to the program with a career change in mind knowing they want to pursue or create work that better aligns with their values. Often, these students use the coursework and connections from the graduate program to help them gain clarity on what that work looks like for them.

Many of our alumni report how the program helps them see and feel confident in exploring a host of new possible ways to make a living while making a difference.

“IHE’s graduate program has molded me into a passionate activist and educator. My degree has opened doors for my career in education through a humane lens.

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-Brianna Carr, M.A. in Humane Education, Director of Anna’s Place NOLA

What You’ll Gain

M.A. coursework will enable you to raise awareness and educate effectively about the interconnected issues that affect people, animals, and the environment, with a focus on bringing about long-term, systemic change.

In addition to gaining skills that can open up more professional opportunities, you can expect to gain perspective and connections that lead to personal transformation.

Courses Overview

Students take six foundational courses in humane education, three electives, a practicum, and a capstone course.

What You’ll Gain

M.A. coursework will enable you to raise awareness and educate effectively about the interconnected issues that affect people, animals, and the environment, with a focus on bringing about long-term, systemic change.

In addition to gaining skills that can open up more professional opportunities, you can expect to gain perspective and connections that lead to personal transformation.

Courses Overview

Students take six foundational courses in humane education, three electives, a practicum, and a capstone course.

See all courses and descriptions here.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition: $816 per credit hour + $125/semester student service fee
Total tuition: ~$26,928

Please see Tuition and Admission for more information.

Financial Aid Available

Admissions Requirements: an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, $50 application fee. *If you participate in an info session, your application fee is waived.

To complete the application, you will be directed to Antioch’s website and prompted to create an account. The M.A. program is associated with Antioch’s New England Campus—even though the pr


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