The Master of Arts Degree in International Peace Studies provides an interdisciplinary and critical analysis of the causes and consequences of a wide range of contemporary conflicts and violence that impact on global, international and human security. Topics to be explored include militarization, armed conflicts, violent extremism, economic, social and gender injustices, cultural and religious identity conflicts, and competition over environmental resources. An in-depth understanding of peacebuilding and peace processes in response to these issues is built.
Gender Mainstreaming in Peacekeeping Operations and in Humanitarian Assistance
Strategic Nonviolence Resistance
Terrorism and Conflict: Issues and Perspectives
Working in Conflict and Post-Conflict Areas - Field Training
The University for Peace is characterized by its diversity and multiculturalism. For 2018-2019, we have 174 students from 55 countries (166 women vs. 58 men). As a result, our campus is always full of student activities, most of them organized by the students themselves. In past years, we have had yoga classes, conversation classes in different languages, the celebration of cultural nights (Asian night, Latin night, European night, etc.), as well as institutional activities open to students (Zumba classes, academic "brown bag" lunches, etc.).
Graduates of the program will gain knowledge, capacities, skills, and motivation relevant to professional work in international, national and local government or civil society agencies, as well as in organizations in fields related to conflict analysis, resolution and transformation; nonviolence; peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding; local/global justice; and conflict and place-sensitive policy-making, as well as peace and conflict studies/research.
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)
Statement of Purpose
Letters of Recommendation
Official Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree) Transcripts and Degree Certificate
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
UPEACE Acknowledgment of Financial Responsibility
Copy of Passport (front page with photo only)
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
Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Degree Certificate (and English translations if applicable)
Six (6) 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 address any email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please write down your application id number before submitting your application, as this number is not made available to the admissions office and cannot be recovered.
Start date of classes: August, 2021
Program duration: 11 months