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The master’s level of education is the next step for students after they finish their undergraduate studies. This step in preparation is designed to allow you to start thinking about what you want to do as a career, instead of just the broad area you wish to study. What is an MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies? There are many applications, but it always comes back to exactly what it sounds li… Read more

The master’s level of education is the next step for students after they finish their undergraduate studies. This step in preparation is designed to allow you to start thinking about what you want to do as a career, instead of just the broad area you wish to study.

What is an MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies? There are many applications, but it always comes back to exactly what it sounds like: the study of conflict and its causes. Most areas in this field usually involve a focus on resolution, but there are also some that primarily deal with the study of the conflict itself. These programs should start with a firm foundation in theory and then move into practical studies. 

There are many benefits associated with peace and conflict studies. At the very core of the major is the practice of helping people, whether it is individuals or entire nations. The fulfillment that can be attained is very high. Additionally, you will learn strong critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills.

The length and location of study will determine what the investment of taking a Master of Science in Peace and Conflict Studies is. That is why you should research universities and programs before enrolling.

The most widely known career choice for graduates in this field is in government organizations making a difference on the international or national scale. More commonly, you can work in the private or public sectors with non-government or nonprofit institutions. Areas of specialization include governance, conflict analysis, politics, religion, and international security. Peace is something that is strived for globally, so there are many opportunities for those trained in conflict resolution, no matter what scale you are looking to work on.

Before you begin your education toward an MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies, decide how you want to specialize and research your options. 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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American University Online
Washington, USA

American University's Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security is an online, 33-credit degree for law enforcement and intelligence professionals who wish t ... +

American University's Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security is an online, 33-credit degree for law enforcement and intelligence professionals who wish to specialize in homeland security. The program builds knowledge and skills in counter-terrorism, national security, law and policy, cybersecurity, and theories of political violence. -
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Part-time
24 months
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Sep 2022
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University of Malta
Valletta, Malta

This dual degree programme combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the oldest a ... +

This dual degree programme combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the oldest and largest programme of graduate conflict studies in the United States, and the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, which has been offering advanced degrees in diplomacy and building bridges between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East for the past twenty years. The teaching faculty will be provided by S-CAR and MEDAC who will share teaching responsibilities in this programme. More information - http://www.um.edu.mt/icp/MSc-Conflict-Analysis-Resolution -
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Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands +9 More

During this multidisciplinary Master's programme Crisis and Security Manangement (CSM) you become familiar with the political and social dimensions of the governance of (in)se ... +

During this multidisciplinary Master's programme Crisis and Security Manangement (CSM) you become familiar with the political and social dimensions of the governance of (in)security and crisis. -
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English
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University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom

By taking our MSc, you'll have the chance to address a variety of challenges facing states and international organisations today. Interact with policymakers and potential empl ... +

By taking our MSc, you'll have the chance to address a variety of challenges facing states and international organisations today. Interact with policymakers and potential employers on the study trip to Brussels or Geneva. -
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Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Informa – Defence & Security
London, United Kingdom +1 More

The programme assesses terrorism events and issues of the 20th and 21st centuries and analyses the increasing ‘securitisation’ of social life. It connects the conceptual basis ... +

The programme assesses terrorism events and issues of the 20th and 21st centuries and analyses the increasing ‘securitisation’ of social life. It connects the conceptual basis of academic study to practical issues facing the international community and considers emerging terrorism threats and issues pertaining to counter-terrorism, law enforcement, government agencies and the private sector. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
11 - 28 months
English
Campus
 
University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium

This Master’s programme analyses governance problems and possible responses, with due consideration to the specific historical pathways of individual countries, as well as the ... +

This Master’s programme analyses governance problems and possible responses, with due consideration to the specific historical pathways of individual countries, as well as the interaction between dynamics at the national/state level and the local/society level. It also addresses the impact of global developments. -
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English
Campus
 
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego
San Diego, USA

At the Kroc School, we have designed a 15-month Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR) to provide you with the knowledge, frameworks, and skills to t ... +

At the Kroc School, we have designed a 15-month Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR) to provide you with the knowledge, frameworks, and skills to transform conflict into positive change. This program combines conflict management with conflict resolution. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
15 months
English
Campus
 
Nova Southeastern University Undergraduate Programs
Fort Lauderdale, USA

The field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution is diverse and focused on providing solutions and improving relationships for individuals, families, organizations, and communiti ... +

The field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution is diverse and focused on providing solutions and improving relationships for individuals, families, organizations, and communities. With our innovative master’s program, you’ll learn the advanced skills you need to help solve problems inherent in many relationships. -
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Full-time
5 - 6 years
English
Aug 2023
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Linnaeus University
Växjö, Sweden

In Peace and Development Work, you study the relationship between poverty, conflicts, and sustainable development as well as political room for maneuver for change.

In Peace and Development Work, you study the relationship between poverty, conflicts, and sustainable development as well as political room for maneuver for change. -
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29 Aug 2022
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EUCLID (Euclid University)
Washington, USA +1 More

The EUCLID online master in mediation and conflict resolution is also unique for blending personal level psychology with high-level issues (diplomacy, inter-religious dialogue ... +

The EUCLID online master in mediation and conflict resolution is also unique for blending personal level psychology with high-level issues (diplomacy, inter-religious dialogue) and practical skills (negotiation), the purpose is to offer a comprehensive coverage of this broad topic. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 36 months
English
Online
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MSc Humanitarianism, Aid & Conflict builds on the strength of existing expertise in violence, conflict and global development within the Department of Development Stud ... +

The MSc Humanitarianism, Aid & Conflict builds on the strength of existing expertise in violence, conflict and global development within the Department of Development Studies and SOAS in general. The programme is designed to provide students with analytical training and an in-depth understanding of the challenges of contemporary humanitarian aid, its interaction with conflict and development and new directions in the field. The programme presents students with comprehensive knowledge of the history of the architecture of aid in humanitarian contexts, key local, regional and international actors, and engages with theoretical, conceptual and policy debates relating to the political and logistical challenges of the global responses to conflict, natural disasters and complex emergencies, the diverse range of critiques that have been made of it, emerging innovations, context-specific challenges and agendas from the Global South. In this unique programme is specifically designed to allow students to focus on and develop a wide-ranging knowledge of the field and the tools to critically engage with the pressing questions of power dynamics, politics, accountability, security and access that are facing the humanitarian organisations, academics and local communities today. -
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26 Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
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Radboud University
Nijmegen, Netherlands

The MSc in Conflict, Territories, and Identities focuses on the interplay between (inter)national conflicts and the identities and borders in the minds of people. Learn to loo ... +

The MSc in Conflict, Territories, and Identities focuses on the interplay between (inter)national conflicts and the identities and borders in the minds of people. Learn to look beyond the violent conflict itself by also paying attention to practices of post-conflict reconstruction. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
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Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
Doha, Qatar

The MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action (CMHA) is a two-year master’s degree that offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of subjects includ ... +

The MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action (CMHA) is a two-year master’s degree that offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of subjects including conflict management and resolution, conflict transformation, humanitarianism, negotiation, mediation, state-building and reconstruction theories and practices from both regional and international perspectives. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English, Arabic
Campus
 
Informa – Defence & Security
London, United Kingdom +1 More

Our postgraduate course in Terrorism, Policing and Security is designed to provide police officers with the necessary skills to help combat terrorism and international crime. ... +

Our postgraduate course in Terrorism, Policing and Security is designed to provide police officers with the necessary skills to help combat terrorism and international crime. Focusing on international security issues such as intelligence, military response and criminal justice, you will also analyse security closer to home and identify community policing’s role in combatting radicalisation. Learn how policing theory, governance and policymaking connects to global security via distance learning to better understand the international policing community. -
MSc
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11 - 28 months
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Informa – Defence & Security
London, United Kingdom +1 More

The innovative Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence programme explores key themes involving covert and intelligence matters including effectiveness, value, lawfuln ... +

The innovative Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence programme explores key themes involving covert and intelligence matters including effectiveness, value, lawfulness, risks and ethics. The course incorporates a wider range of subjects including HUMINT collection, the elicitation of intelligence, investigative interview models, covert techniques, underpinning legislation, oversight mechanisms, intelligence sharing and analysis at local, national and global levels. -
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