Get a degree in a field that aligns with your values!

As a student in the MSHUS (Master of Science Program in Humane Studies) you will become part of an exciting, cutting-edge field based on the idea of the interconnectedness of social justice, sustainability, and animal protection. Madonna MSHUS Program will prepare you to assume a role of a leader, consultant or educator in a variety of professional settings (non-profit organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, churches, and educational insti­tutions) geared toward developing practical solutions to current challenges affecting the well-being of people, the environment, and animals.

Alongside our faculty, you will get involved in community-based service-learning projects while learning practical skills and earning professional credentials in the field of your passion.

Degrees Offered


Student Success

Alumnus Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Matt received an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2013 and continued on to complete a graduate degree in Humane Studies during 2015, both from Madonna University. Upon completion of his masters, he quickly found a home at the Detroit Zoological Society helping to pursue the Zoo's mission of wildlife conservation, animal welfare, and providing unique educational experiences that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of nature. "Madonna University and the Humane Studies program helped to prepare me in so many ways for my career. Topics that deal with the operations of non-profit organizations, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and more, have developed my knowledge about so many topics. I can't think of a single class that hasn't provided me with the knowledge and experience necessary to be knowledgeable and succeed in my goals," he said. "The intimate class sizes, fantastic instructors, religious base, and genuine support was invaluable to me and provided a fulfilling educational experience that is irreplaceable," he said.


Graduate Certificate in Animal Cruelty Investigation

This unique certificate gives you a professional preparation to investigate cases of animal cruelty and neglect.

Program Details

Graduate Certificate in Non-profit Leadership

This certificate gives you a professional preparation to serve in leadership roles in a non-profit sector

Plan of Study

Faculty Bios

Andrew Domzalski, Ph.D.Professor, Program Co-Director

Ph.D., Oakland University

M.A.,Marygrove College

M.S.,Warsaw University


734-432-5420, R. 1313.

Andrew Domzalski, Ph.D.

Dr. Domzalski has served as a co-director of the M.S. in Humane Studies program since its inception in 2012.

To his teaching and scholarship in humane studies, Dr. Domzalski brings his educational background in psychology, theology, linguistics, and education.

His current research interests include religious views on animals and humane education.

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Boguslawa Gatarek, Ph.D.Adjunct Assistant, Professor, Program Co-Director

Ph.D., University of Windsor

M.A., Warsaw University



Boguslawa Gatarek, Ph.D.

Dr. Gatarek is one of the co-designers of the M.S. in Humane Studies. She has taught in this program since its inception in 2012. More recently she has assumed a role of one of the program's co-directors.

To her teaching and scholarship, Dr. Gatarek brings her eeducational background  in humane education, psychology, and philosophy.

Her current research interests include humane education, anthrozoology, and research methods in social sciences.

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Rev. Charles MorrisAssistant Professor

M.U.P., Wayne State University

M.Div., St. John Provincial Seminary

M.A., University of Michigan

B.A., Oakland University



Rev. Charles Morris

Father Morris holds a full-time appointment in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. In the M.S. in Humane Studies program he has has taught courses in environmental ethics and sustainability.

To his teaching and scholarship, Father Morris brings his educational background in urban studies, sociology, and theology.

His current research insterests include sustainability and green justice.

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Michelle Proctor, Ph.D.Professor & Program Co-Director

Ph.D., Wayne State University

M.S.W.,University of South Florida

B.S.W., University of South Florida


734-793-2467 R. 1223

Michelle Proctor, Ph.D.

Dr. Proctor has served as a co-director of the M.S. in Humane Studies program since its inception in 2012. 

To her teaching and scholarship in humane studies, Dr. Proctor brings her educational background in sociology and social work.

Her current research interests include animals and human societies as well as working families and social justice.

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