MA in Media and Peace


Program Description

The Masters of Arts Degree in Media and Peace is for students interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of what role media can and does play in peace and conflict issues of our times. Current or would-be practitioners interested in gaining useful and deep knowledge in media best practices in mitigating conflict and promoting peace will also benefit from this course. In this program, the students gain a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of relevant research, and evidence-based best practices, related to how media can (but often does not) contribute to peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Students will acquire expertise in critical analysis of the media’s role in peace and conflict, as well as in the impactful application of media for peacebuilding and humanitarian purposes. The aim of the program is to train students to be insightful researchers, effective policymakers and reflexive communicators, who can make a positive impact on the global humanitarian field. The course will set students on the path to pursuing research-focused, and policy or practice-oriented careers focusing on the media’s role in peace and conflict.

Student Body

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.).

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Media and Peace program will gain knowledge, capacities, skills and motivation relevant to professional work in international, national and local government, civil society agencies and organizations, private businesses, and/or academic and research institutions, especially as they relate to conflict analysis/resolution and peacebuilding. Specific skills include research and media analysis, media literacy, policy analysis and formulation, and the evaluation and creation of media campaigns.

Admissions Requirements

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)
  • Passport-size photo

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

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.

Important dates:

  • Start date of classes: August 20, 2020
  • Class completion date: June 11, 2021
  • End date of the academic period: July 31, 2021
  • Deadline to receive admission applications: March 15, 2020
  • Program duration: 11 months
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The vision of the University for Peace is to be a forward-thinking, transformational and inspirational educational institution dedicated to the goals of quality teaching, research, and service for ser ... Read More

The vision of the University for Peace is to be a forward-thinking, transformational and inspirational educational institution dedicated to the goals of quality teaching, research, and service for serving humanity in building a peaceful world. Read less
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