Important admission dates
Deadline for application: 15 March 2013
Interviews for students: mid 2013 (Interviews will be conducted in English)
Educational background, field experience and working experience
The M.A. in Humanitarian Action at Ruhr-University Bochum is open to postgraduates with a degree (Master's or the equivalent) in one the following fields: International Relations, History, Law, Medicine, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Management, Geography, Spatial Sciences or related fields.
Proof of a study visit abroad or practical experiences gained abroad like internships or work placements (minimum 4 weeks) are relevant. Working experience and field experience is considered an advantage.
Participation of students from developing countries is encouraged. Relevant extracurricular activities (general work experience, courses, language skills etc.) count as well in the selection procedure.
A certified copy of the degree certificate should be sent with the application form. If the certificate is not in English, French, German or Latin, a certified translation in English must also be provided. Applicants who are in the final year of their studies may also apply. They should send an updated version of their transcript of records. They will be accepted on the condition that they will have met all requirements at the start of the M.A.-programme in September.
Evaluation of the degree certificate and transcript of records is part of the selection procedure. In order to be admitted to the NOHA programme in Bochum, students need a degree which is the equivalent of a Master's degree. Exceptionally, students holding a Bachelor's degree can be admitted, provided they have high marks (at least Second Class Honours, Higher Division).
The information given here is meant to help those interested in NOHA decide whether their degree meets the requirements of admission to the M.A.-programme.
Joint Participation Costs
There are joint participation costs for the Joint European Master's in International Humanitarin Action. The participation costs will be in line with an extensive scholarship scheme. More information are available on the official NOHA website at http://www.nohanet.org.
Since the M.A. is taught in English, students who are not native speakers are required to have a good command of the English language which should be proven by a relevant document.
In case the 3rd component (second term) is spent at an other network university, profiency in the appropriate language (French, English or Spanish) is also required.
Students have to motivate their choice for the M.A. (max. 1 page, written in English) and send a Curriculum Vitae, two passport photos and a copy of their passport (see application form).
There is a joint participation cost for the Joint European Master's in International Humanitarin Action. Details about the participation costs can be found on the official NOHA-website. The participation costs are in line with an extensive scholarship scheme.
The deadline for submission of the application form and its attachments is stated above. The best European applicants will be invited for an interview in Bochum. Non-European students will be interviewed via skype or by phone.
Applicants will be notified after the interview whether they have been accepted or not. This decision is final. If accepted, applicants will receive a letter of acceptance of the Admission Board and will be requested to pay the participation costs.
The M.A. in Humanitarian Action offers approx. 20 places per year. Students will be selected based on an assessment of their educational background and motivation.