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Degree Programs

Following are university programs from around the world that offer degrees, certificates, or specializations in subjects relating to human-animal studies. These programs do not include veterinary programs or law school programs. Veterinary programs can be found linked here while law schools can be found linked here. Please send additions or changes to

We have also put together a list of HAS faculty who teach in PhD programs in North America, to give students more options for doctoral programs. The list of faculty by university can be found here; the list of faculty by discipline can be found here.

Certificate Programs

Bircham International University Program in Animal Assisted Therapy

Program delivered by distance learning higher education up to a maximum of 15 credits. This module may be combined or completed with other online university courses from this faculty. This program provides an overview of the many ways in which animals can be used to assist therapists. Coverage includes how animals can assist specific patient populations (children, the disabled, AIDS patients, etc.), how animals can aid in specific settings (hospitals, prisons, independent practice, etc.), and how professionals can best select appropriate animals (species, breed, and individual temperament) and design an AAT program. Humans have long had a special bond with animals, initially as work animals, then as pets, and now more frequently as therapeutic companions. Animals help the sick recover more quickly and help the aged live longer and more satisfying lives. Specially trained animals are now helping stroke victims, the handicapped, and others to regain or build lost faculties. Courses in the module include human-animal support services, animal assisted therapy, the animal human bond, domestic animals, and animal behavior.

Institute for Humane Education

The Institute for Humane Education offers several graduate degree and certificate programs in humane education — the only programs of their kind in North America. These distance-learning programs are offered through a partnership with the highly respected and accredited graduate school of Valparaiso University. The programs include a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Humane Education; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Humane Education; an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, with a Concentration in Humane Education; an M.A. in Liberal Studies, with a Concentration in Humane Education; a credit-bearing Graduate Certificate in Humane Education (which can be either stand-alone or added to an existing degree); and a new Ph.D! IHE’s graduate programs provide in-depth training in comprehensive humane education, helping educators of all types gain the skills, knowledge and strategies to teach about the interconnected issues of animal protection, human rights, environmental preservation, and media, culture & consumerism.

Learning Animals/Institute for Zooanthropology

Learning Animals is a new certificate program through which students can receive study credits through their own universities. Examples of European universities where students have thus far received such credits include Leeuwarden University of Applied Social Sciences, Netherlands; Pisa University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Italy; Teramo University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare, Italy; and Napoli University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Italy. The programs are Master Classes in applied cognitive ethology within an animal-human interaction and animal ethics framework. There are three main education programs: Learning Dog (Applied Canine Zooanthropology); Learning Horse (Applied Equine Zooanthropology); and Learning Human (work for Animal Assisted Interactions professionals). At the end of the program, students receive a certificate of participation for accomplishing the education program in applied zooanthropology. The program includes an online component followed by an in-person, practical setting for further development of skills in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, the UK, and on request, outside Europe.

Madonna University Certificate in Animal Cruelty

Madonna University now offers an undergraduate certificate of Completion in Animal Cruelty Investigation, as well as a Masters in humane studies.  Madonna University’s Animal Cruelty certificate program familiarizes students with the ethical treatment of animals while providing them with the basic skills necessary for investigating and reporting the mistreatment of animals.

Oakland University Animal Assisted Therapy Degree Program

The Oakland University Online Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate Program consists of five 8-week consecutive courses (that run September to June) to help professionals incorporate AAT into their work, make volunteers more credible or assist entrepreneurs in establishing a non-profit. Focusing on the differences between Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy, students will learn how to set up a program to achieve desired outcomes within the population with which they work.This asynchronous online program allows students the flexibility to complete assignments at their convenience. A final capstone project includes the development of a practical proposal or business plan. The courses include an overview of AAT, psychology and research, working with special populations, working with animals and the capstone project.

Thompson River University Animal Welfare Certificate Program
This is a program of studies for animal care givers who are interested in upgrading their work skills and for individuals interested in a career in Animal Welfare. The Animal Welfare Certificate Program has been jointly developed by Thompson Rivers University (TRU), and the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA).

Tri County Community College Animal Assisted Interactions Concentration

The Human Services Technology/Animal Assisted Interactions concentration prepares individuals for entry-level positions in service organizations providing animal interactions. The curriculum prepares students to incorporate specially selected animals in goal-directed interactions to improve human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. Course work includes a history of the field of animal interventions, relevant scientific evidence regarding the benefits of interactions, theoretical models, application of animal interventions and current trends. Students gain skills in measurement methodology and in animal handling and management. Graduates should qualify for employment in mental health, youth services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, elder, and educational agencies. Upon completion of the degree, students may be eligible for certification through national or international organizations. The Human Services Technology/Animal Assisted Interactions Certificate requires the applicant to have a professional degree in Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Speech Therapy, Social Work, or other related field with current accreditation or license for the state in which they practice and 2 years of experience in the field.

University of Denver Animals and Human Health Certificate program

The  is a continuing professional development program consisting of three online courses and a two-day capstone session on the University of Denver campus. Topics include animal-assisted interactions, interventions and education, as well as animal welfare and ethics. Courses utilize a variety of learning methods including readings, written assignments, community/experiential activities, videos and discussion forums. Students may complete all coursework at their convenience, within specified due dates. Experiential activities are incorporated into each course and require students to work in the community, away from the computer. The AHH program has enrolled students with a multitude of professional backgrounds from around the globe since 2006.

University of Denver Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate Program

The Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) Practitioner Certificate is a post-masters certificate program for mental health professionals wanting to add equine-assisted work as a treatment strategy to their psychotherapy or counseling practice. The program balances theory with hands-on client work and satisfies the need for education, training and supervision necessary for ethical practice. The certificate program is also open to graduate students in mental health-related masters or doctoral programs and is accessible to international participants. Delivered through a hybrid mix of distance learning, on-site workshops and supervised client work, the certificate program can be completed in one academic year alongside your practice or studies, regardless of where you live. The comprehensive program features internationally renowned instructors, guest presenters and one-to-one advising and feedback. A central focus is to understand and provide equine-assisted services that meet the needs of your specific client populations and your professional practice. The program meets the educational requirements for national board certification through the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP).

University of North Texas Animal Assisted Therapy Program

The Center for Animal Assisted Therapy (CAAT) promotes human and animal welfare through the partnership of people and pets. The mission of the Center for Animal Assisted Therapy (CAAT) at the University of North Texas is to train professionals and volunteers to work with their pets to: 1) facilitate the development of students in Kindergarten through 12th grade with pet-assisted educational programs; and 2) enhance the emotional well-being of persons of all ages through positive human-animal interactions. The CAAT has three primary focus areas: 1) training, 2) research and 3) community services. They provide a certificate for a home-school training program.

Other Programs

Humane Society Academy School of Professional Development

HSU’s School of Continuing Education has available nearly sixty specialized courses. Many are offered online, as self-paced instructor-led or individual learning courses. SCE also offers onsite instructor-led programs throughout the United States. Course topics range across a wide variety of interest areas, including: human-animal studies, law enforcement and disaster preparedness, animal shelter management and human resource leadership development. Thousands of participants have been trained through its signature continuing education courses.

Undergraduate Minors

Brock University Critical Animal Studies Minor and Concentration

The Department of Sociology’s courses on animals and the law encourage examination of the legal status of animals and how to protect them. Other courses analyze visual representations of animals and ask how these images affect our treatment of animals. By challenging patriarchal and speciesist institutions, Critical Animal Studies calls for a fundamental transformation of our epistemological, moral and political universe.

Canisius College Anthrozoology Minor

The Anthrozoology minor is designed for students who want to concentrate on mankind’s relationships with other animal species. This minor is open to any student from any major.

Drury University Forum on Animal Rights and Animal Studies Minor

This new program, funded by Bob Barker, includes courses on animal ethics, animals and the law, animals and society, and animals in literature. Beginning in 2012, Drury now offers a minor in Animal Studies.  The Animal Studies minor is designed for those who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of diverse ways in which the lives of animals and humans intersect. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor, which consists of six classes (18 hr), allows students to consider historical and contemporary interactions between humans and animals from a range of perspectives.

Green Mountain College Animal Studies Minor

In addition to biological study of animal behavior and conservation, students in this minor, established in 2012, will have an opportunity to explore issues associated with, among others: livestock agriculture, animal rights law, wildlife management, hunting, traditional animal husbandry, animal experimentation, veterinary care, landscape sustainability, threatened biodiversity and invasive species, companion animals, vegetarianism and veganism, animals in entertainment, animals in recreation, activist ethics, the moral standing of animals, animal pain and suffering, animal cognition, culture in animals, bushmeat, and trade in endangered species. Students at Green Mountain can also major in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Animal Studies.

New Mexico State University Human-Animal Interactions Minor

Students receiving a Bachelor’s degree outside of the Animal and Range Science department at New Mexico State University may wish to obtain a minor in Human Animal Interaction. Students may want to complete this minor for personal interest, or to increase their marketability to employers in an area in which they may be incorporating companion animals (including horses) into their careers.
Research into Human Animal Interactions (HAI) has increased in the past 10-15 years as human health and wellness disciplines look for progressive approaches to incorporate companion animals into various modalities and treatments in their respective fields.  For professions that want to incorporate companion animals, having strong university based knowledge on companion animals will be critical for maintaining appropriate risk management procedures, as well as for ensuring animal well-being in professional settings where humans are in close contact with the animals.  Currently, the primary companion animal species involved in HAI are dogs and horses.

New York University Animal Studies Minor

NYU’s Animal Studies Initiative promotes and supports research and  teaching in the emerging area of Animal Studies.  It does so by administering an undergraduate minor in Animal Studies, supporting research and teaching, and sponsoring public events and workshops.  The Initiative draws on NYU’s strengths in the Faculty of  Arts and Science , as well as the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development , and the Tisch School of the Arts.  For questions about the Animal Studies minor, email

Ohio State University Human and Animal Interactions Minor

The Human and Animal Interactions Minor was created to give students an opportunity to explore the roles animals play in society and the impact of human and animal relationships while providing a forum to share your view with others in an accepting environment where discussion is encouraged and desired.  Students will learn about human and animal interactions, how globalization affects animal species, how geography and culture impact the roles animals play in society, the domestication process and much more.

Saint Joseph’s University Animal Studies Minor

Saint Joseph’s University offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Animal Studies. The Animal Studies minor exposes students to courses focusing on human and animal relations and interactions, animal biology/physiology, animal behavior and cognition, and the role played by non-human animals in the larger world around them. The selection of courses is designed to yield a greater knowledge of and appreciation for animals and our relationship with them.

Texas Christian University Human-Animal Relationships Minor 

The Interdisciplinary minor in Human-Animal Relationships (HARE) provide theoretical and practical expertise in the crucial, diverse, yet often overlooked roles animals play in human society, culture and well-being. Moreover, the minor helps students understand how humans impact the lives of other animals, both wild and domestic.

University of Redlands Human-Animal Studies Minor

Human-Animal Studies (HAST) is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field devoted to examining and critically evaluating the relationships between humans and nonhuman animals, be these relationships historical or contemporary, factual or fictional, real or symbolic, beneficial or detrimental. In exploring these relationships, we acquire a greater understanding of the ways in which animals figure in our lives and we in theirs. As our understanding of ecology and the fundamental interconnectedness of all living beings continues to grow, the importance of studying human-animal interactions becomes ever more evident. All students with an interest in the interactions between humans and animals are encouraged to consider a Human-Animal Studies minor. This minor will have an especially practical use for students pursuing careers related to wild or domesticated animals, such as animals in laboratory science, zoos, shelters, refuges, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and veterinary medicine.

University of Windsor Minor in Anthrozoology

The goal in developing academic programming in this is field is to encourage students to think critically about humans’ relationships with animals, and to encourage and facilitate ongoing reexamination and reevaluation of the significance of these interactions.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Canisius College Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Major

The Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Program combines the rigorous scientific study of Animal Behavior with a values-focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition. It is for students who want to thoroughly understand the facts and theoretical underpinnings of animal behavior, and who also want to use that understanding to promote animal welfare and wildlife conservation. The program will produce graduates who are expert in the science side of animal behavior, and who are also strongly grounded in the ethical and moral considerations in these disciplines. Canisius College is a national leader in this area by being among the first academic institutions to formally tie the study of animals to ethical considerations. The Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Program is aligned with the Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations.

Carroll College Anthrozoology Major

Carroll College’s Anthrozoology major is designed so that students learn foundational information regarding theory, research, and services applicable to human-animal bonding not only through classroom learning, but also hands-on labs. It is a four year curriculum with a strong liberal arts component.The Anthrozoology major explores the unique relationship between humans and animals. By increasing our knowledge about this bond and by assessing how animals enrich our lives, we can improve the quality of life for both humans and animals. Carroll College’s unique experiential approach provides students with both scientific and academic rigor and the hands-on application of the knowledge gained.

Duquesne University Humane Leadership Major

This major is designed specifically for individuals working in, or who want to work in, animal care and protection. It provides specific knowledge that will support career goals in animal advocacy and shelter management. Students come from a variety of professions including animal control officers, humane educators, shelter managers, veterinary technicians and animal care volunteers. The humane leadership major combines a foundation in nonprofit management with a grounding in the history, philosophies, and issues related to animals. The program provides targeted, specific knowledge that will support career goals in shelter management, animal control, or animal advocacy.

Eastern Kentucky University Animal Studies Major

 The Animal Studies program at EKU includes faculty and courses in a variety of disciplines including biology, anthropology, sociology, law, agriculture, and psychology. This unique interdisciplinary approach will help you to fully explore the complexities of animals’ lives, human-animal relationships, ethical and moral concerns about animals, representations of animals and humans, and the significance of animals in human evolution, history, culture, and civilization.

Green Mountain College Animal Conservation and Care Major

Animal Conservation and Care is a field that is emerging in response to the impact of humans on wild and domestic animals. The major serves students who want to ensure that we have a positive influence on animal populations and individuals. Students are free to choose their own path focusing on wild populations or domestic animals. The major is offered as either a Bachelor of Science degree (for those interested in applied science occupations like wildlife management or veterinary care) or a Bachelor of Arts degree (for students interested in a range of careers, from domestic animal welfare to wildlife conservation.

Lees-McRae College Wildlife Rehabilitation Program

Lees-McRae College offers a degree program in Wildlife rehabilitation, with two concentrations in the biology degree under Wildlife Studies. Students attend Lees-McRae College and major in Biology with a concentration in either wildlife biology or wildlife rehabilitation. The wildlife biology program is a naturalist major, while the wildlife rehabilitation program is a unique, hands on, experientially based program where students work with injured and orphaned wildlife, including working with non-releasable wildlife ambassadors in education.



Graduate Degrees

American College of Applied Science Companion Animal Behavior Counseling Degree Program

This clinical graduate degree program for professionals is the first of its kind offered by a U.S. college or university and is designed with the working adult learner in mind. The program employs a scientist/practitioner model following the principles of applied behavior analysis and evidence based practice. It is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the field of companion animal behavior and provides graduates with the necessary knowledge, task, and leadership skill sets to work as applied animal behaviorists servicing over 150 million companion animals and their caregivers in the U.S. alone. The curricula explores companion animal behavior including learned and heritable behavior, species-specific behavior, functional assessment and analysis of behavior problems, measurement of behavior using quantifiable methodologies, development of positive behavioral intervention plans, psychopharmacological intervention, caregiver counseling and ethical practice. NOTE: The program is licensed by not accredited.

Canisius College Anthrozoology Masters Program

Canisius College offers an online Master of Science in Anthrozoology. In this two-year, online graduate program, students will have considerable latitude in choosing courses that engage fundamental issues in animal studies, including environmental issues, education, law and policy, ethics, religion, literature, economics, shelters, zoos and, of course, companion animals, wildlife, research animals, and food animals.

Colorado State University Graduate Program in Environmental Ethics and Animal Welfare

Colorado State University typically has about twenty graduate students, with over half of them interested in environmental philosophy, animal welfare issues, and international development issues. Holmes Rolston teaches environmental ethics in the fall, typically Tuesday evenings, and usually a graduate seminar in the spring, typically one evening. Philip Cafaro joined the faculty fall 1999 and is now teaching environmental ethics, also offering graduate seminars and advising in the field. There are typically about two relevant graduate seminars each semester in philosophy, by Bernard Rollin, and others, and lots of other things elsewhere in the university. There are also some graduate students working in the more traditional areas of philosophy. If a student has no previous philosophy, there are about five general courses in the main areas of philosophy required as “remedial” work, that is, they do not count toward 30 hours needed for the master’s degree.

Hartpury College Masters in Research Anthrozoology

The MRes in Anthrozoology offers an opportunity to explore the wide and varied area of human and animal interactions. The programme will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the role of animals in human society providing an insight into how humans and animals co-exist from a historic and contemporary perspective. You will explore the role of animals in healing, how animals play a key role throughout different human cultures and religions. We will also explore how humans co-exist and impact on animals through conservation, exploitation and as companions, as well as debating the ethical issues surrounding anthroozoology.

Hunter College Masters and Certificate in Animal Behavior and Conservation

The concentration in Animal Behavior and Concentration is a unique program designed to provide students with the skills needed for successful careers in animal behavior, conservation and welfare. The coursework applies psychological, ecological and evolutionary principles to the study of animals and their behavior, their communication, and their cognitive, psychological and physiological processes. The certificate program is open to Master’s candidates as well as post-baccalaureate students who, by virtue of prior educational and practical experience in animal behavior and conservation, are qualified for the training offered by the program.

Institute for Humane Education Graduate Programs

The Institute for Humane Education offers several graduate degree and certificate programs in humane education — the only programs of their kind in North America. These distance-learning programs are offered through a partnership with the highly respected and accredited graduate school of Valparaiso University. The programs include a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Humane Education; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Humane Education; an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, with a Concentration in Humane Education; an M.A. in Liberal Studies, with a Concentration in Humane Education; a credit-bearing Graduate Certificate in Humane Education (which can be either stand-alone or added to an existing degree); and a new Ph.D! IHE’s graduate programs provide in-depth training in comprehensive humane education, helping educators of all types gain the skills, knowledge and strategies to teach about the interconnected issues of animal protection, human rights, environmental preservation, and media, culture & consumerism.

International University College of Turin Masters in Food, Law and Finance

The M.Res. curriculum triangulates law and finance with a solid understanding of the processes underpinning the provision of food, to unveil the  tensions and tradeoffs of the global production regime; The program also cultivates a pronounced sensitivity to the ecological dimension: interrogating the global food regime equipped with the institutional inventiveness afforded by an expanded eco-legal literacy, and with the visions of ecological transition made possible by generative financial architectures; Deconstructive and critical perspectives interact in the curriculum with a pro-active style of professional practice and active citizenship, to enliven the work of policy practitioners and researchers, and the strategies of civil society organization.

Lewis and Clark Law School LLM Degree

Lewis and Clark Law School is proud to offer the world’s first and only advanced legal degree in animal law.  With a rich, pioneering history in the field of animal law, Lewis & Clark is uniquely positioned to offer an LL.M. degree and provide rigorous academic and professional training.

Madonna University Masters in Humane Studies

Madonna University offers a Masters in humane studies.  The Masters in Humane Studies  provides a serious foundation for students wanting to dedicate their professional lives to helping animals.

Messerli Research Institute Masters Program in Human-Animal Interactions

The Messerli Institute offers an Interdisciplinary Masters in Human-Animal Interactions (IMHAI). The interdisciplinary Master’s program started in October 2012. It offers a comprehensive, research-oriented training in the various fields of human-animal interactions. By imparting theoretical and methodological expertise in relevant disciplines of natural sciences and humanities and developing critical reflection and argumentation, the program will contribute to improve the complex relationship between humans and animals. The key components of the Master’s Program comprise teaching and practical knowledge application from the following major  disciplines:

  • Behavioural and Cognition Biology
  • Comparative Medicine
  • Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare including Legal Framework of Human- Animal interactions
  • Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Ethics

Michigan State University Animal Studies PhD Program

Animal Studies at MSU is an umbrella program focused on the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between humans and other animals. The program includes a doctoral and master’s graduate specialization, cutting-edge research, a monthly seminar series on the MSU campus, and a registered student organization that connects academic initiatives with the local community. The Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives, which is administered by the Department of Sociology, provides graduate students with basic knowledge of relationships between humans and other animals and how they are linked together in a fragile biosphere. The graduate specialization is available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree.

New York University Animal Studies Masters

n Fall 2018, NYU will launch one of the first Animal Studies M.A. programs in the world. The program is currently accepting applications for the inaugural class of 2018.  NYU Animal Studies, active since 2010 and housed in the Department of Environmental Studies, is a central gathering place for people interested in these issues. Students work with leading scholars in Animal StudiesEnvironmental Studies, and related fields; participate in intensive seminars, workshops, and conferences; and engage in a wide range of theoretical, practical, and creative pursuits upon graduation. The NYU Animal Studies M.A. Program, which builds on this foundation, empowers students to 1) examine the key debates that define the field of Animal Studies, 2) perform original research that contributes to these debates, and 3) understand the connections across animal issues, environmental issues, and social issues. This program is designed for people who 1) plan to work in professions that provide care for animals, 2) seek to advance understanding of animals in the world, 3) seek to improve the wellbeing of animals in the world, or 4) are enrolled at NYU and want to pursue a discounted graduate education through an NYU B.A.-M.A. Program.

Prescott College Master of Arts, Equine Assisted Learning

As the leading academic program in its field, Prescott’s Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) program offers training in methods of partnering with equines to support human growth and development. This program is a unique opportunity for students pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Education while specializing in the rapidly evolving modality of partnering with equines in educational and personal growth programs. This 45 semester credit graduate program prepares students to design and deliver effective programs that partner with horses to facilitate learning, growth, and change with a wide variety of populations. This program blends a comprehensive theoretical framework with hands-on experience in equine-assisted/facilitated work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners. The 15 graduate credit concentration consists of five courses.  Four of these courses each contain a full semester of course work, delivered through an e-learning platform, as well as a four-day residential intensive workshop.  The fifth course is comprised of supervised practicum and internship  work in the field. Prescott also offers a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health.

Purdue University MS and PhD in Human-Animal Interaction

The Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research (OHAIRE) is a research group led by Dr. Maggie O’Haire at Purdue University. It includes national and international collaborators, students, and community members working together to conduct rigorous, scientific research on the unique and pervasive effects of interacting with animals. The group studies many areas of Human-Animal Interaction, including companion animals, service animals for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), animal assisted intervention such as for autism, and animal welfare. For information on pursuing a graduate degree at OHAIRE, please visit this page.

Tufts Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy

The Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) advances research, policy analysis, education and service pertaining to the important roles animals play in society, and explores the ethical implications of the human-animal relationship. The Center offers the Masters of Science in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program and is also home to the Ethics and Values curriculum within the DVM program. The work done at the Center revolves around three areas of focus: Animals in the Community, Animals in Research, and Animals in the Environment.

Universitat Pompeo Fabra MA in International Studies on Media, Power and Difference

This master program offers students a chance to study and research the media’s role in the construction, representation and recognition of difference and diversity through the lens of the most vulnerable groups. The programme is taught in English and uses various social science approaches to offer a cross-disciplinary and critical view of the power structures underlying communication practices (either journalistic, persuasive or entertainment-oriented) and how they impact, reflect and interact with social processes related to difference and diversity. The programme provides knowledge, skills and abilities on the study of difference from the ethics of mediation and communication for social justice perspectives. It addresses the following areas:

  • Women and gender studies
  • Poverty and war conflicts
  • Intercultural communication
  • Critical animal and media studies

University Autonoma of Barcelona Masters in Animal Law and Society

The master in Animal Law and Society is a professional specialization program which aims to train experts in animal-related professions. It is based on a comparative law perspective, while bearing in mind the needs of society as a whole. The master is highly interdisciplinary and seeks to provide integrated training in the knowledge of animals in the fields of law, ethology, nutrition and welfare, ethical dimensions, artistic representations and entertainment, organization and social responsibility. The master is heavily focused on practical sessions, since it aims to train professionals in handling the new challenges posed by society and its relation with animals. The program is addressed to those interested in developing a profession related to animals, providing them with the necessary theoretical and practical skills demanded by a society in constant communication and increasingly aware of the role a humane treatment to animals represents for sustainable development and for a peaceful coexistence.

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona Graduate Diploma in Anthrozoology

The postgraduate course in Anthrozoology was first offered in 2015.  Our students’ profiles are varied, as we expected from the multidisciplinary nature of anthrozoology. In our view, the postgraduate course is a positive contribution to the availability of training in all aspects relating to companion animals.

University of British Columbia Graduate Program in Animal Welfare

This program offers a Ph.D. or M.Sc. in Animal Science specializing in Animal Welfare. Students joining our program usually have a background in a relevant area of science such as animal behavior, animal science, veterinary medicine, or, very occasionally, a different background but an interest in completing a science-based graduate degree. Students generally do a thesis in our core research area – animal welfare in relation to the housing and management of animals. Currently the majority of research relates to the welfare of cattle, lab animals, and companion animals. Students interested in welfare topics where we do not have sufficient expertise (for example, the welfare of zoo animals, marine mammals and other free-living wildlife, or improved management of captive primates) may be accepted on the condition that they secure appropriate co-supervision from outside the program.

University of Canterbury PhD in Human-Animal Studies

Students undertaking the PhD in Human-Animal Studies (PhD HUAN) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand will work with supervisors drawn from a pool of over a dozen academic staff working in many different areas, and will be part of the lively and inclusive research culture of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies ( Available areas of supervision include but are not limited to: animals in literature, popular culture and the visual arts; critical studies of agriculture, food production, pet-keeping and wildlife management; animals and environments; multispecies ethnographies; meat-eating, vegetarianism and veganism; animals and emergency/disaster management; animals in theory and philosophy; animals in history; postcolonial animal studies; animals and the history of science. 

University of Denver Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate

This MSW certificate program is the first of its kind in the nation. It explores the therapeutic use of animals in many types of social work practice, a new and exciting aspect of the field. By earning this certificate, you’ll learn how to create, implement and evaluate AASW programs in which an animal becomes a teacher, therapist, facilitator and companion. You’ll learn how to choose the most appropriate animals for particular therapies, and how to care for the animals in accordance with nationally recognized standards. You’ll also understand how to identify, assess and intervene in “link” violence–the frequent connection between animal-abuse and violence toward people.

University of Edinburgh Masters in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

International concern for animal welfare continues to grow with increasing demand for measures to protect animals and improve animal quality of life. In a number of surveys, eight out of ten respondents believe that animal welfare is a key priority for a civilized society. Animals are a hugely important part of our world, relied upon for food, used as research models, companions, working animals, for sport and in recreation. Understanding and enhancing animal welfare is necessary for protecting not only animal health – but also human health and environmental protection. The University of Edinburgh has a long-standing reputation for the delivery of gold standard research led teaching and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has extensive staff expertise in animal health and welfare, which has been strengthened further by the development of the JMICAWE and their continued collaboration with the SRUC Animal and Veterinary Sciences Group, now housed within the Easter Bush Research Consortium. Students on the programme come from a variety of backgrounds including: Veterinary science, zoology, biological science, pharmacology and animal/equine science. Students also come from various parts of the world, for example: UK and Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada, South Africa etc.

University of Exeter Masters and PhD in Anthrozoology

The MA in Anthrozoology is of interest to anyone who would like to investigate the many and varied ways in which humans perceive, engage, compete and co-exist with non-human animals in a range of cultural contexts. It will be especially relevant in terms of CPD for individuals who are involved with the care of non-human animals in a professional capacity (e.g. vets, veterinary nurses/technicians, animal trainers, dog wardens, zoo keepers, conservationists, charity workers etc.), as well as for students who have completed social science undergraduate degrees or who have a science background and would like to expand their research interests into the social sciences. The Anthrozoology MA is available either residentially or by way of blended (distance) learning.

University of Pisa Masters in Veterinary Clinical Ethology

The University of Pisa and the Research Institute in Semiochemistry and Applied Ethology (IRSEA) are now offering a Master of Science (MSc) in “Veterinary Clinical Ethology” (level II diploma). Two identical courses will be available: one at the University of Pisa which will be held in Italian, and the second at The Research Institute in Semiochemistry and Applied Ethology, in Apt, which will take place in French.  The proposed program covers 18 months, 3 days per month, and delivers a Master of Science (MSc). This diploma, recognized internationally, allows the pursuit of a PhD by successful students.

University of Sterling Human-Animal Interaction Masters Program

This MSc will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and a diverse range of methods used to research our relationships with other species. This course introduces a broad range of topics and considers human-animal interactions across a diverse range of contexts from pet owning to animal assisted interventions, zoos, farms and conservation.

University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work MSSW Veterinary Social Work Certificate

The University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program (VSW-CP) trains University of Tennessee College of Social Work MSSW students in the four areas of Veterinary Social Work: The link between human and animal violence; Grief and loss; Animal assisted interactions; and Compassion fatigue management. The program offers a comprehensive foundation in veterinary social work topics focusing on the knowledge and skills needed to integrate animals into social work practice in ethically sound ways and in keeping with the values of the social work profession. The vision of VSW-CP is to produce professional social workers knowledgeable in the practice and skills necessary to help people through human animals relationships in a variety of settings and through a variety of micro and macro practice methods.

Interdisciplinary Master in Human-Animal Interactions at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

The goal of the Master’s Programme is to educate graduates to take on responsibility for shaping human-animal relationships in science and society, both scientifically and ethically. The key components of the Master’s Programme comprise teaching and practical knowledge application from the following major disciplines:
• Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Ethics
• Behavioural and Cognition Biology
• Comparative Medicine
• Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare including Legal Framework of Human-Animal Interactions

University of Winchester Masters in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

This course provides a strong grounding in animal welfare science, ethics and law. Students gain the necessary skills to develop a scientifically rigorous assessment of the welfare state of animals in a diverse variety of settings, and master the main ethical theories concerning our relationships with other animals. Students learn about the diversity of settings in which animals live or are used, including farming, transportation and slaughter, laboratories, homes, zoos and various other entertainment locales, and about free-ranging animals in natural environments. The core modules include:

  • Research Preparation and Development
  • Animals and Society
  • Animal Interest, Capacities and Ethical Considerations
  • Animal Behaviour and Psychological States
  • Animal Welfare Issues I
  • Animal Welfare Issues II
  • Dissertation


Valparaiso University Masters in Humane Education

The graduate programs in Humane Education are the only programs of their kind in the United States. They represent a collaboration between Valparaiso University and the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), a non-profit leader and pioneer in the field of Humane Education. The coursework for these programs is offered in an online format, enabling students from the United States and abroad to complete the program remotely, with the exception of a one-week Humane Education residency held at the Institute for Humane Education’s headquarters in Surry, Maine (required for two of the programs). This hands-on, experiential training week is a very popular part of the program. For more information on IHE and the summer residency, click here.

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