Is it for you?
Do you want to solve today’s global crises facing humanity by transforming outdated paradigms?
Are you inspired to learn how Indigenous knowledge and Western science can be employed across disciplines and professions to transform crises and conflicts, and build peace?
Do you want to spend a year studying in an academically challenging environment, at a global university with students, faculty, and Indigenous Elders drawn from around the world?
The confluence of cutting-edge Western and Indigenous science and knowledge has opened the doors to a new paradigm of peace and development. The Master of Arts in Indigenous Science and Peace Studies (ISPS) brings these two ways of knowing together to challenge a failing framework with time-tested methodologies that sustain life and create transformative opportunities amidst the global catastrophes we face right now. The transformation of policy, diplomacy, development models, and innovative technologies in ways that respect the interconnections of people and facilitate stronger and more sustainable solutions across all sectors of society, is at the core of the program. Taught from the perspective of indigenous science and wisdom, ISPS offers students the opportunity to be immersed in exchanges with Indigenous knowledge keepers, community leaders, scholars, and scientists from around the globe. They will be required to conduct research into one of their ancestral lineages to deepen the understanding of their earth-based connections. Students will learn about indigenous science methodologies, decoloniality, and the legacies of modernity and colonialism. Throughout the program, students will be challenged to learn more about their own identities. This approach enables students to embody life-sustaining principles in their work on behalf of people’s sovereignty, self-determination, and peace. ISPS will focus students’ determination and skills, igniting a clear fire vision for Earth’s renewal.
The following documentation is required to complete your application process for the UPEACE on-campus M.A. programs. Please have them ready and on hand before beginning your online application process, as they will need to be uploaded into the system.
Required supporting documents to be uploaded:
English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS; TOEIC or TOEFL-ITP are not accepted)
Statement of Purpose
Letters of Recommendation (2)
Official Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree) Transcripts and Degree Certificate
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Copy of Passport (front page with photo only)
Three (3) passport-size photos for ID purposes
The online application requires electronic (PDF) scans of required documents. Should admission be granted, the following documents will be eventually be required in official hard copy:
English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS) - if applicable
UPEACE TOEFL Code: 7180
Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Degree Certificate (and English translations if applicable)
Three (3) passport-size photos.
Upon submission of the online application form and supporting uploaded documents, the UPEACE Admissions system will send an automatic confirmation email. The date and time of submission will be noted in the system. Applications received after the established deadline will be considered for admission for the following academic year. Each application received by the established deadline will be reviewed for completeness. A second acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant by the Admissions Officer, informing him/her of the status of his/her application, whether it is complete and able to be passed on for academic review.
We are not able to provide any information about the status of applicants over the phone or to third parties. Information will only be provided to the applicant using the email provided in the online application form.
Please write down your application ID number before submitting your application, as this number is difficult for the Admissions Team to recover.
Classes -- January - ecember 2022
Graduation project -- January - May 2023