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Compare 21 MSc Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies

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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21 Results in Peace and Conflict Studies

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

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 i ... [+]

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.

In addition to the DI academic staff, students will have the opportunity to engage with a number of distinguished scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from the humanitarian world. Further, the course combines theory and practice in its structure, which includes a field trip, in-class lectures and seminars, and a substantive work placement.... [-]

Qatar Doha
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Bath

This course addresses the core global challenges of conflict and humanitarian crisis, with a practical focus on the tools and approaches that can respond to these challen ... [+]

Develop a critical understanding of conflict and humanitarian crisis in this distance learning course. Gain skills in peacebuilding and humanitarian response.

This course addresses the core global challenges of conflict and humanitarian crisis, with a practical focus on the tools and approaches that can respond to these challenges. You will examine in-depth the complexities involved in resolving conflict and promoting peace. Additionally, you will also explore sustainable policy solutions that address the needs of those displaced by conflict and natural disaster.

Drawing on case studies from the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, you will learn how the practical and policy-related challenges of responding to conflict and humanitarian crisis play out in specific contexts.... [-]

United Kingdom Claverton Down
September 2019
Part-time
2 years
Online
University of Stirling

Delivered by our experienced practitioners and leading scholars, our Master's degree in International Conflict and Cooperation prepares you to address a variety of challe ... [+]

Overview

Delivered by our experienced practitioners and leading scholars, our Master's degree in International Conflict and Cooperation prepares you to address a variety of challenges facing states and international organisations today. This course looks at the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation in light of major events such as the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 terror attacks and the Arab Spring.

We take a thematic approach to conflict resolution and the role of international organisations in order to focus on conflict prevention and management in specific geographical areas. The course also explores the development and regulation of conflict in relation to factors like natural resources and migration.... [-]

United Kingdom Stirling
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 27 months
Campus
SOAS University of London

Applicants apply for the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modul ... [+]

MSc Violence, Conflict & Development (Palestine Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two years(part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Start of programme: September intake only

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway.

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United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

The MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development draws on the exceptional expertise at SOAS in the different disciplinary understanding of development challenges and process ... [+]

MSc Violence, Conflict & Development

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two years(part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Start of programme: September intake only

Who is this programme for?

The Violence, Conflict and Development programme attracts applicants with a variety of academic and working backgrounds. We welcome those who have worked in the field of development and/or conflict, but we also welcome applications from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in the major themes of the programme and a strong first degree, preferably in a social science.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

The programme is designed for Masters students who are interested in the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and international and transitional justice especially i ... [+]

MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice

Duration: Full Time: 1 Year Part Time: 2-3 Years - students usually complete their core modules in Year 1, and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The programme is designed for Masters students who are interested in the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and international and transitional justice especially in conflict and post-conflict states. It is also highly relevant to anyone working or intending to work in international NGOs, international organizations, think tanks and advocacy groups in the areas of rights, humanitarian assistance and transitional justice. It also looks more broadly at the future of global human rights in a world where, many claims, the influence of the West is declining and asks critical questions about the legitimacy and effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms and humanitarian intervention.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
University of Amsterdam

The Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Governance offers you education on the broad spectrum of conflict resolution theory, research and practice. The causes, characteri ... [+]

The Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Governance offers you an education on the broad spectrum of conflict resolution theory, research and practice. The causes, characteristics, significance and consequences of conflicts are studied in relation to the dynamics of public governance. You will learn how to analyse conflicts, negotiate their resolution and link conflict research with its practice.

Would you like to know more about conflicts? Their shifts in character and significance? The possibilities for actions in real-life situations? And how to transform conflict into a resource for democratic governance?

The Conflict Resolution and Governance programme provides you with a foundation in theory and research that helps you analyse conflicts and conflict resolution efforts in relation to the dynamics of public governance.... [-]

Netherlands Amsterdam
September 2019
Full-time
12 months
Campus
Linnaeus University

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.

Peace and Development Work is for students who are looking for a specialization in issues linked to peace, development and international development co-operation. We focus on current research concerning development as well as the practical work carried out by international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and social movements.

As a Master student, and in writing your final thesis, you have the possibility to work together with an organization or to conduct a field study in a developing country. The interdisciplinary approach of the programme - where we also discuss how development issues can be solved in real politics - allows us to keep a close connection with people who are employed within our field and to learn from them. Moreover, most of our teachers have long experience of working with peace and development in developing countries.... [-]

Sweden Teleborg
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
EUCLID (Euclid University)

The EUCLID online master in Terrorism Studies and Deradicalization is unique for addressing terrorism from a radicalization and deradicalization perspective. ... [+]

OVERVIEW:

EUCLID’s online master in terrorism studies and deradicalization is unique in that it is offered by an intergovernmental treaty-based organization with a university mandate. EUCLID has a specialized expertise in global affairs, including interfaith studies. EUCLID is a partner of several organizations that are relevant to this program, notably the World Mediation Organization (Berlin) and two affiliated institutions of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IsDB, ICCIA). This new program addresses a tremendous global need for truly qualified professionals able to serve at all levels of government and civil society as experts in the field of what is generally referred to as Islamic radicalization leading to the clear and present threat of violent extremism or even terrorist actions. EUCLID’s approach to delivering the highest possible level of competency in terrorism studies as well as deradicalization solutions is both multilevel and multidisciplinary. Multilevel means that MTSD graduates will be able to function at various levels, global, national, local (city), communal and inter-personal. Multidisciplinary means that the program brings together knowledge from various areas of competence, including psychology, sociology, and religious studies. EUCLID is uniquely qualified in terms of educational philosophy because it does view this field of study from US-centric or Euro-centric perspectives. It frankly tackles the issue of Islamophobia as well as realism, ” laïcité” and cultural imperialism in order to form well-informed and balanced experts who may come from a variety of national and religious backgrounds.... [-]

USA Washington Gambia Gambia Online
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 36 months
Online
EUCLID (Euclid University)

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

OVERVIEW:

EUCLID, an intergovernmental treaty-based institution, offers an online master in mediation and conflict resolution in partnership with WMO Berlin (World Mediation Organization). Its goal is to prepare practitioners and experts able to provide world-class and effective mediation services at all levels of conflict (interpersonal, communal, regional, national and international). Conflict is present and destructive at all levels of life and society. Our still-new century is rife with inter-personal conflicts which are expressed and originated on various accounts: ethnic, religious, psychological, economic, etc. Because conflict is so damaging to society, mediation and conflict resolution has become a very important skill, one that can be applied to serve many organizations and government bodies. These are some of the critical topics covered in EUCLID's unique online Master in Mediation and Conflict Resolution - unique because offered by an international intergovernmental organization committed to facilitating dialogue and conflict resolution, as well as unique for being delivered completely is distance / online format. The EUCLID MMCR 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.... [-]

USA Washington Gambia Gambia Online
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 36 months
Online
Leiden University

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 CSM you focus on management/governance of such highly complex security challenges as privacy, terrorism, or cyber-attacks: their social and political impacts, the diminishing role of national authorities, and new developments such as social media.

What does this master programme entail?

You study contemporary security challenges from both local and global pointsof view and gain deep understanding of the 'wicked problem' of security and crisis topics in a complex and globalising world. The combination of theory, practical insights and analytical skills prepares you for work in public or private organisations.

You learn from members of the Institute of Security & Global Affairs plus guest lecturers from many fields and organisations.... [-]

Netherlands The Hague Leiden
February 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Malta

This dual degree program combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the oldes ... [+]

This dual degree program combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: George Mason’s Institute 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.

ICAR and MEDAC will share teaching responsibilities in this program. Students who successfully complete this collaborative postgraduate programme earn two Masters degrees: MSc Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and an MA Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security from the University of Malta. The programme aims to provide students with an array of theoretical and practical tools that will enable them to:... [-]

Malta Valletta
October 2019
Full-time
Campus
University of Antwerp

This MSc programme analyses governance problems and possible responses with due account being given to specific historical pathways of countries and the interaction betwe ... [+]

This Master analyses governance problems and possible responses with due account being given to specific historical pathways of countries and the interaction between the national state level, local society level, and the impact of global developments. Students are familiarised with multidisciplinary theoretical insights and practical tools that will improve their capacity to analyse governance challenges at different levels. The governance programme offers two tracks with specific objectives and courses: Track 1: Governance and ConflictTrack 2: Local Governance and Poverty Reduction

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Belgium Antwerp
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
American University Online

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 w ... [+]

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, with a unique focus on terrorism as a social and psychological phenomenon.

This flexible online program combines the benefits of convenient online learning and a practice-based curriculum with a brief onsite residency in Washington, D.C. In addition to this unique opportunity, American University offers connections to federal agencies and the opportunity to study with faculty who are leading practitioners in the field.... [-]

USA Washington
September 2019
Part-time
24 months
Online
Kennesaw State University

Conflict Management education addresses the issues that divide our world by encouraging communication, fostering positive relationships and developing comprehensive, long ... [+]

The Master of Science in Conflict Management

MS in Conflict Management Program Description

Conflict Management education addresses the issues that divide our world by encouraging communication, fostering positive relationships and developing comprehensive, long-term solutions. It enhances the safety and vitality of groups or families, communities and workplaces.

Conflict management is also a set of tools and a way of thinking that can help not only prevent conflict but effectively engage it once it arises. Conflict management education teaches the various ways people choose to react when confronted with conflict situations and the effect of those reactions on potential outcomes. Studying conflict is really about learning skills which can provide the ability to respond in ways that help prevent and manage conflict by reducing ineffective responses.... [-]

USA Kennesaw
September 2019
Full-time
16 months
Campus