First Round Deadline:

28 February 2022

Second Round Deadline:

5 May 2022



The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is a unique programme designed to meet the needs of students, professionals and experts who want to deepen their knowledge and develop their skills in the field of democratic governance and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Established in 2015, it is the youngest of the Global Campus’ regional masters. The programme was coordinated by the European Inter-University Centre during its first three editions, in collaboration with the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice. It moved to Beirut in 2017 and is now coordinated by the Saint Joseph University.

The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights aims to support the next generation of experts, academics and practitioners and to give them the practical experience needed for building up their professional career and academic activities.


The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is supported by a growing network of partner universities from the region:

  • Saint Joseph University (Lebanon) as the coordinating University,
  • Birzeit University (Palestine),
  • The International University of Rabat (Morocco),
  • The University of Carthage (Tunisia)

Professors from the University of Jordan (Jordan) and the University of Cairo (Egypt) are also engaged in the programme.

The partnership is also open to institutions beyond the region such as:

  • The European Inter-University Centre (Italy)
  • The Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • The University of Southern Denmark


The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is:

  • An intensive advanced course in the field of democracy and human rights;
  • A Master’s Degree (60 ECTS) from Saint Joseph University in cooperation with the partner universities;
  • An intensive learning experience combining an action and policy-oriented approach;
  • Two semesters: one in Beirut and the other in a participating university within the Arab World;
  • A supervised Master’s thesis in one of the partner universities;
  • The foundation for a successful career on national, international, and non-governmental levels.


Our international academic staff brings together professors, experts and practitioners coming from over 10 countries and sharing with students their knowledge, professional experience and expertise.

Our programme attracts students who are interested in understanding regional dynamics and country-specific socio-political trends across the Middle East and North Africa. It is also geared to professionals who want to back their experience in development, democratisation and human rights with solid scholarship.


ARMA includes research-oriented courses and practical trainings in the field of human rights and democratisation. It attracts students, researchers and experts from the region and beyond, because of its comparative approach and its interdisciplinary character.

It offers cross-regional mobility, with one semester in Beirut (Lebanon), and another in one of the following universities: Birzeit University (Palestine), the International University of Rabat (Morocco), the University of Carthage (Tunisia) and the University of Jordan.

You will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and insights into the region and the master’s main thematics. The programme allows you to develop research and practical skills. It includes a week-long field trip and offers you the possibility of doing internships in leading national and international organisations across the region.

ARMA is a unique learning experience, rich in interdisciplinary content and academic activities and field-related work. It allows you to develop long-term relations across the region and beyond.

When and Where

The programme consists of two semesters:

The first semester

From September to January. It is comprised of four modules and takes place at Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

The Second Semester

From February to May, students are assigned to one of the partner universities. The second semester is centered around the students’ theses. The research can be based on field research or an internship.
In June/July, the programme offers an intense week on project development. It is followed by the implementation of the projects that the students have developed and their assessment.