Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies

Compare 27 MA Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies

Master of Arts programs in Mediation provide a look at alternate forms of dispute resolution, along with an understanding of the underlying primary issues. Developing, honing, and putting acquired skills to use in theory as well as in practice enables students to be connected to opportunities in their community, workplaces, and other organizations in which they can seek to resolve conflict peacefully.

What is an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies? In the Master of Arts (MA) Peace and Conflict studies program, pupils learn about the origin of conflicts and how to resolve them by applying peace-building skills. Placing emphasis on preparing graduates to enter the workforce as proponents of peaceful social change means providing ample alternatives to violence. Students explore the possibilities for building peaceful, nonviolent social systems, societies, and communities with the experience and expertise gained in engaging with policymakers.

Students study and analyze contemporary conflict conditions and produce policy recommendations for a positive resolution. Benefits include cross-cultural communication skills and the opportunity to explore peace theory through spiritual and religious traditions, sustainable economics, and nonviolent social movements.

Program costs vary, and people who intend to pursue a graduate degree in this area are encouraged to compare and differentiate between those that align directly to their professional and personal goals and those that are more general. At that point, taking into consideration a program that is fully online or campus-based becomes simplified.

Developing practical skills in conflict resolution techniques assists students in the transformation of conflict through mediation, activism, policymaking, and other peace-building activities. Students can expect to see myriad job prospects in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Examples include human rights, environmental protection, social work, journalism, foreign policy, and public service.

 

A multidisciplinary approach may be taken by a comprehensive program, which links practice and research with theory and critical analysis. Programs are available to students worldwide, bringing unique and global experiences into the education equation. Deciding to make a difference in your career by using your education as a force for positive change involves finding the best program for your needs. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Arts in Peace Studies: Religions in Times of Conflict

The American University of Rome
Campus Full time 15 months September 2018 Italy Rome

This program offers an interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse study of culture and religion in their political and social dimensions. The research and study of particular religious traditions, social and political context in which they evolved, and the political ideas they influenced, contribute to the promotion of peace, religious and cultural diversity, cross-cultural dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. [+]

This program offers an interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse study of culture and religion in their political and social dimensions. The research and study of particular religious traditions, social and political context in which they evolved, and the political ideas they influenced, contribute to the promotion of peace, religious and cultural diversity, cross-cultural dialogue, understanding, and cooperation.

The M.A. in Peace Studies utilizes the unique location of The American University of Rome to provide students the opportunity to study the development of religious institutions, their teachings, and practices, in connection with the ever-changing social context.

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MA in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (GPSSS)

Vesalius College
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 Belgium Brussels

Directed by Professor Jamie Shea (former NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges) this unique one-year Master’s program provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of peace, security and strategic studies. [+]

MA in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (GPSSS)

A one-year intensive MA Program

Organised in cooperation with The Egmont Institute – Royal Institute of International Relations, The Belgian Royal Academy and the Institute for Economics and Peace

Directed by Professor Jamie Shea (former NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges) this unique one-year Master’s program provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of peace, security and strategic studies. Designed, led and taught by an international network of leading international academics from top universities and think tanks as well as senior policy-makers from the United Nations, NATO and the European Union, this program enables students interested in an international career in government, international organizations, think tanks or NGOs to gain unique theoretical foundations, practical skill-sets, and high-level contacts.... [-]


Master of Arts in Peace and Justice

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 5 years August 2018 USA San Diego + 1 more

We are offering a 2-year Master of Arts in Peace and Justice (MAPJ; full-time and part-time) for individuals who want to create change and solve today’s most troubling issues. Application deadline is January 15. [+]

Application deadline: January 15

Our School is located in one of the most beautiful cities in the United States: San Diego, California, right at the Mexico-U.S border.

The MAPJ offers a curriculum where students will gain:

Deep understanding of the global and local contexts in which violence, oppression, and social injustice occur. Knowledge of theories and frameworks to explain complex situations. Capacity to design new approaches and solutions to peace and justice issues. Competence in implementing and assessing the impact of programs and initiatives.

A rich course portfolio includes human rights, conflict resolution, leadership and organizations, development, technology and social change, and social entrepreneurship to shape professionals equipped to work effectively for peace and justice across multiple organizational settings.... [-]


MA in War and Society

Chapman University
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Orange

This program is built around the themes and methodological approaches that comprise the field of war & society studies. All courses connect to these themes and methodological approaches, offering a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective on the field of war and society. [+]

War and Society scholars expand the study of warfare beyond its military, diplomatic, and political dimensions by examining the social and cultural aspects of how societies go to war, experience war, and its consequences. This program is built around the themes and methodological approaches that comprise the field of war & society studies. All courses connect to these themes and methodological approaches, offering a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective on the field of war and society. In addition to a shared core of themes and methodological approaches, the program focuses on the lived experience and consequences of war. This emphasis builds on the unique resources available at Chapman University:... [-]


MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

University of London, School of Advanced Study
Online Full time Part time 2 - 5 years March 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies provides a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of the field of international refugee law and forced migration. [+]

MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies via distance learning (DL) (Refugee Law Initiative)

Apply now for the first distance learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. If you already work or volunteer in organisations active in this area, or would like to move into the sector, this Masters will give you:

a prestigious qualification to open doors in your career the tools to work in the field and to undertake campaigning and advocacy work an understanding of the fundamental issues and debates and the key legal concepts. Benefit from supported online learning

As you study by online learning you can fit your studies around your other commitments. You will also be able to share ideas with others who are studying for this programme and receive tuition from leading experts from around the globe.... [-]


Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Campus 15 months September 2018 USA Denver

The interdisciplinary program in Conflict Resolution focuses on the study and application of alternative theories, various types of bargaining and negotiation techniques, and related ethical issues. These topics are examined through selected cases of conflict to understand how to manage and improve social patterns and policy choices between individuals, within organizations, and across cultures. [+]

The interdisciplinary program in Conflict Resolution focuses on the study and application of alternative theories, various types of bargaining and negotiation techniques, and related ethical issues. These topics are examined through selected cases of conflict to understand how to manage and improve social patterns and policy choices between individuals, within organizations, and across cultures.

The program combines a scholarly and vocational approach—theory with practice—in exploring a range of environments where conflict arises, including the personal, business, and political arenas- from international diplomacy to national and local government policy discussion.

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Master in Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Utrecht

The Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights will equip you with the necessary analytical and theoretical skills to engage with global and local challenges in insightful and innovative ways. [+]

CONFLICT STUDIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS: THEORETICAL ANALYSIS AND GROUNDED RESEARCH

Why has ’nationalist’ violence erupted in Ukraine? Will cities become the war zones of the future? What role did social media play in the rise and subsequent collapse of the Arab Spring? What are the ethical and political issues associated with the use of drones in zones of conflict - and what impact does this have on the subjects of surveillance? Who defines ‘evil’ and what does ‘doing good’ mean? How do ‘humanitarian wars’ affect the everyday lives of the ‘victims’ they protect? These are just some of the pressing questions arising from the complex interconnectedness of today’s world. A solution to these questions can only be found through systematic analysis of the processes of inclusion and exclusion, mobilization, and collective violence. Addressing these topics properly demands critical reflection on the national and international policies developed to contain, manage, resolve, or transform violent conflict. Our Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is a selective, international graduate programme combining the study of theory with in-depth case study analysis. The programme focuses on both the dynamics of violent conflicts and the problems associated with the national and international military or humanitarian intervention by agencies such as the UN, NATO, or non-governmental organizations. The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2016 ranked Utrecht University’s Conflict Studies and Human Rights programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Elsevier Best Studies Top Rated Programme In this year's Elsevier Best Studies... [-]


M.A. in Conflict Resolution

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA Washington

The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution encompasses theoretical practices from Conflict Resolution and International Relations and practices including negotiation, mediation, and creative peace-building to address conflict, whether it be personal, group, or international. The field, originating from theorists such as Galtung, Lederach, and Gandhi, seeks to transform the way conflict is studied and find creative mechanisms for positive change. The program emphasizes Georgetown University's dedication to diverse and inclusive study, practical training, and application. [+]

The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution encompasses theoretical practices from Conflict Resolution and International Relations and practices including negotiation, mediation, and creative peacebuilding to address conflict, whether it be personal, group, or international. The field, originating from theorists such as Galtung, Lederach, and Gandhi, seeks to transform the way conflict is studied and find creative mechanisms for positive change. The program emphasizes Georgetown University's dedication to diverse and inclusive study, practical training, and application.

In order to fulfill Georgetown University's mission of inclusiveness and high academic standing, the program requires the completion of 40 credits over the course of two years. Leading scholars and practitioners in the field of Conflict Resolution teach core courses on theory, practical skills, negotiation practices, research methods, and psychology so students gain a holistic understanding of conflict resolution in multiple disciplines.... [-]


Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR)

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS Europe
Campus Full time 13 months August 2018 Italy Bologna

This 13-month, cohort-based program builds on the core strengths of SAIS Europe by introducing students to a broad array of concepts and tools in the social sciences necessary to undertake sophisticated political and economic risk analysis. Students complete a capstone project in the form of a practicum or original thesis. [+]

This 13-month, cohort-based program builds on the core strengths of SAIS Europe by introducing students to a broad array of concepts and tools in the social sciences necessary to undertake sophisticated political and economic risk analysis. Students complete a capstone project in the form of a practicum or original thesis.

Analyze, Assess, Act: Tackling Risk in the 21st Century

The instability that has characterized the last decade has increased the demand for qualified professionals who are able to understand and analyze global risk in its many forms. Today's risk experts are no longer confined to the realm of actuarial tables or financial derivatives. Technology, politics, the environment, regulation, immigration, pandemics, and religious extremism are all areas where the theoretical frameworks of risk and uncertainty provide key insights and drive decision-making in both the public and private sectors.... [-]


The International MA Program in Crisis and Trauma

Tel Aviv University
Campus 3 semesters October 2018 Israel Tel Aviv-Yafo

Gain hands-on experience in one of the world’s hubs for crisis and trauma research. The unique stresses of modern life, combined with natural disasters and geopolitical conditions, have led to the rapid growth of the field of crisis and trauma studies. [+]

Gain hands-on experience in one of the world’s hubs for crisis and trauma research. The unique stresses of modern life, combined with natural disasters and geopolitical conditions, have led to the rapid growth of the field of crisis and trauma studies. There is a growing need for trained professionals with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle diverse situations. With Israel and Tel Aviv as a living laboratory for research and practice in the field, there is no better place than TAU to gain deeper knowledge and professional competence in this field alongside the world’s leading experts in crisis and trauma studies.

This one-year program is designed to train students to plan and deliver services in a wide range of personal and communal crises, including public disasters created by war, natural disasters, and terrorism, as well as personal crises related to immigration, domestic violence, divorce, illness, and bereavement.... [-]


MA Peace and Development

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2018 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

Address the global challenges of poverty and violence by linking theory and practice and make a positive difference to the lives of people around the world. This is your opportunity to develop your awareness of the relationships between peace, conflict resolution and development both nationally and internationally. [+]

Course details

Address the global challenges of poverty and violence by linking theory and practice and make a positive difference to the lives of people around the world. This is your opportunity to develop your awareness of the relationships between peace, conflict resolution and development both nationally and internationally.

You will consider issues such as gender, poverty, employment, human rights and the role of civil society and community participation in decision-making and governance. From security threats and terrorism to the arms trade and non-violent social movements, you will acquire an in-depth insight into contemporary global issues. You will study the political, economic, cultural, environmental and technological changes that influence development decisions.... [-]


Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management

Royal Roads University
Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years January 2019 Canada Victoria

The Royal Roads approach to conflict analysis and management is unique in that it reflects the full spectrum from interpersonal to international conflict. We view conflict as neither good nor bad, but as a necessary element of all relationships. Conflict exists everywhere and opportunities exist to work with it, change it, and utilize it. [+]

Overview

The Royal Roads approach to conflict analysis and management is unique in that it reflects the full spectrum from interpersonal to international conflict. We view conflict as neither good nor bad, but as a necessary element of all relationships. Conflict exists everywhere and opportunities exist to work with it, change it, and utilize it.

Our program focuses on both the theory and understanding of the effects of conflict. We provide you with the skills to work with conflict, and we help you create a self-awareness of what your role is within that system of conflict and how you can have an impact to make a difference. You will be introduced to a wide range of skills – facilitation, negotiation, mediation, and others – and learn to appreciate the strengths and limitations of them all.... [-]


MA in International Humanitarian Action

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 24 months September 2018 Netherlands Groningen

The 120 ECTS Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary master programme that provides high-quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. [+]

What are the dominant issues in humanitarian action? What is the so-called aid industry? And can professionalization prevent dependence on aid? Find out in this programme.

The 120 ECTS Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary master programme that provides high-quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. The programme is offered by 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. These universities are united in the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). The students can follow the regional training programmes (3rd semester) in various global universities.... [-]


MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Tel Aviv University - International Office
Campus Full time 2 - 4 semesters October 2018 Israel Tel Aviv-Yafo

The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation is a yearlong interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English with an optional thesis component. Students graduate from this program have acquired the tools for effective analysis, mediation and negotiation strategies, and conflict resolution frameworks in the international arena. [+]

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The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation is a yearlong interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English with an optional thesis component. Students graduate from this program have acquired the tools for effective analysis, mediation and negotiation strategies, and conflict resolution frameworks in the international arena. Students also earn a certificate of completion issued by Tel Aviv University for the program’s workshop in International Mediation. Learn more about this innovative master’s degree on the program’s website. Please contact the program staff directly with any questions.

Career Success

Owing to the interdisciplinary nature of conflict resolution students' backgrounds and interests, alumni have established careers at organizations and businesses in a variety of sectors. Some alumni have also pursued additional advanced degrees. Our emphasis on accepting applicants with employment history has a direct effect on a student's ability to find a relevant internship placement and work after the studies.... [-]


MA in Peace, Conflict and Development

University of Bradford
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bradford

The MA in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies provides an advanced understanding of the inter-relationships between conflict, development, security, and governance in developing, fragile, transitional and/or conflict-affected regions and countries. [+]

The MA in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies provides an advanced understanding of the inter-relationships between conflict, development, security, and governance in developing, fragile, transitional and/or conflict-affected regions and countries.

You’ll gain the understanding and skills you need to pursue or develop a career in what is now a major area for international, national and local policy and practitioner communities. You’ll be equipped to work across many sectors including:

international development conflict prevention and peacebuilding post-conflict recovery humanitarian aid natural resource management

You’ll have the opportunity to take specialist pathways, including specializing in selected regions (Europe, Africa, MENA, Asia, or Latin America and the Caribbean), with opportunities for selected study visits. The programme will provide enhanced training and engagement with widely used policy and practitioner analytical tools and models, enabling you to develop your skills and employability.... [-]