M.A. in Humane Education

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


The M.A. in Humane Education is recommended for non-classroom educators and social justice, animal protection, and environmental advocates who wish to work outside of school settings. M.A. coursework enables students 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.

Program Overview:

This 33-credit graduate program is delivered online, with an optional one-week, 3-credit Humane Education Residency held at the Institute for Humane Education in Surry, Maine.

Students are required to take six foundational courses in humane education, plus practicum, two electives, and a capstone course. M.A. students are strongly encouraged to attend the Humane Education Residency. Those who are unable to attend may take an additional elective instead.


Foundational Courses
Introduction to Humane Education
Environmental Ethics
Animal Protection
Human Rights
Culture & Change

M.A. Required Course
Building a Solutionary Practice

Additional Courses
Humane Education Residency
Elective #1
Elective #2

Current electives include:
Writing for Social Change
Creative Activism
Just, Good Food
Race, Intersectionality, and Veganism
Solutionary Classroom: Pedagogy in Practice

Course descriptions can be found here.

Tuition: $711 per credit hour. Please see Tuition and Admission for more information.

Admissions Requirements: an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, $50 application fee.
For more information, contact Mary Pat Champeau, IHE Director of Graduate Programs: marypat@humaneeducation.org