Degrees in Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Peacebuilding

Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. All students in the program take courses in Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management and Pracitioner Inquiry plus electives related to their individual interests. In addition, students have the chance to participate in experiential learning activities to provide them with real-world experience in conflict management. An internship with a US or international peacebuilding organization is also required. Students in this highly competitive program have the option to specialize in Monitoring and Evaluation, Social Innovation and Management or Policy Analysis and Advocacy.

Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Durham University in Durham, England, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Science degree in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding. This yearlong program requires students to take courses in Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms; Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace; Responses: Peace Processes and Political Negotiation and Recovery; and Reconstruction: Building Peace, Civil Society and State-Building from Below. All students participate in a capstone exercise, during which a real-life humanitarian intervention is simulated. A dissertation is also required for all students. To qualify for the program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and be fluent in English.

Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research

The University of Tampere, Finland, offers a master’s degree program in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research. As a part of the 2-year program, all students take classes in Contemporary Peace and Conflict Studies, Environmental Dimensions of Conflicts and Peace Building, Gender and Peacebuilding, Human Mobility in Peace and Conflict Research, Resolution of Regional Conflicts and Peacebuilders: Individual-Driven Approaches to Peace. A mandatory dissertation provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent research in an area of interest to them. All coursework is taught in English, so applicants from countries where English is not the primary language will be required to submit IELTS or TOEFL scores.

Peace and Development Studies

The University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Peace and Development Studies. Offered only on a full-time basis, the program requires 12 months of study to complete. Students take seminars on development, peacebuilding and research methods and have the opportunity to choose from dozens of electives related to their areas of interest. A dissertation is required as a part of the program and is completed during the spring and summer terms of the course of study. To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate fluency in English.

Peace and Conflict Studies

The State University of New Jersey is offering a new Master of Arts degree program in Peace and Conflict Studies. Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of three areas: social bases of peace and conflict; the causes of large-scale violence; and nonviolent social conflict and recovery from violence. Regardless of specialization areas, all students take classes in Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, Classical Foundations of Social Theory, Gender and Migration: A Global Perspective, Environmental Conflict, and Peace, Conflict, Security, and Development. The program is offered as a 7-year joint bachelor’s and master’s program and as a 3-year master’s program for students who already hold bachelor’s degrees.

International Relations

The University of Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree in International Relations. All students in the program take one module in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order and one module in Civil War, Conflict Management and Peacekeeping and then select electives that are related to their career goals and interests. A master’s dissertation is required for completion of the program. Applicants for the program will need to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. The degree can be in any field; however, students with academic history or work experience related to international relations are preferred.

International Relations and Conflict Resolution

American Public University in the United States offers a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Conflict Resolution. A 24-month course of study, the program includes modules in International Relations Theory, International Political Systems, International Organizations, International Political Economy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Research Methods. Students complete a culminating capstone project as a part of the program requirements. All work is done online with no visits to a campus required. Qualified applicants for admission will have a bachelor’s degree and be fluent in English. The degree can be in any subject, but priority is given to applicants with background in international relations.

Conflict Resolution

The University of Essex in Colchester, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution. A flexible program, the course of study allows students to pick and choose modules that relate to their specific areas of interest and design their own pathway through the program. Most students spend 12 months completing the requirements, which include a master’s dissertation. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to the program. The degree can be in any field but individuals with background in political science or social sciences will usually receive priority over those with degrees in other fields.

Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. All students in the program take a course in Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management plus electives. A summer practicum and a capstone project are required to complete the program. Most students finish all of the course requirements within 2 years when studying full time. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students will need to have a bachelor’s degree and a history of academic excellence to be considered. Professional experience related to the program is also required.

Durham University in Durham, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Science degree in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding. As a part of the 12-month program, all students take the following classes: Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms; Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace; Responses: Peace Processes and Political Negotiation; and Recovery and Reconstruction: Building Peace, Civil Society and State-Building from Below. Students also complete a mock humanitarian intervention as a capstone exercise and are required to write a master’s dissertation. Applicants will need to have a bachelor’s degree and be fluent in English to be considered for admission.

Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research

The University of Tampere in Tampere, Finland, offers a Master’s degree in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research. A 2-year program taught in English, the program is open to individuals who have bachelor’s degrees in a field related to the area of interest. Students complete an independent research project as a part of the course requirements.

Sustainable Peacebuilding

The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, offers a master’s degree program in Sustainable Peacebuilding. A 48-credit course of study, the program is offered on a full or part-time basis. Prospective students must have a bachelor’s degree in a field closely related to the topic and provide a writing sample and letters of recommendation.

Reconciliation and Peacebuilding

The University of Winchester in Winchester, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding. Students spend 12 months completing the required course work and a mandatory thesis. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is typically required. Individuals with work experience related to the program may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Human Security and Peacebuilding

Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada, offers a Master of Arts degree in Human Security and Peacebuilding. A 24-month program taught in English, the course of study includes classes offered through numerous departments. To qualify for admission, students must have a bachelor’s degree and a 3.3 minimum cumulative grade point average.

Crisis Management and Peacebuilding

Umea University in Umea, Sweden, offers a Master of Science degree in Crisis Management and Peacebuilding. The program takes 24 months of full-time study to complete and includes coursework and a master’s thesis. To be considered for the program, students must have a bachelor’s degree and have at least 90 credits of coursework in political science.

Peace and Development Studies

The University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland, offers a Master of Arts program in Peace and Development Studies. Open to students who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited Irish or foreign university, the program takes one year to complete. A master’s thesis is required for completion of the program requirements.

Peace and Conflict Studies

The University of Manchester in Manchester, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Peace and Conflict Studies. Students in the program spend one year completing the course requirements, which include two required modules and electives. A bachelor’s degree in any field is required for admissions consideration.

Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

The Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program affords students the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and analytical ability to work with different groups of people in conflict. Students will focus on conflict when it comes to development, youth programs, education, humanitarian aid and human rights. Those participating can choose to specialize in either Social Innovation and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation or Policy Analysis and Advocacy. Through this program, students will learn how to create and lead programs that transform conflict while developing conflict sensitive and peacebuilding interventions through different projects and through advocacy.

Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies, M.A.

The Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies, M.A. is a one year postgraduate Master program designed to provide students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of peace, security and strategic studies. By taking this course, students will be given a transatlantic and global wealth of knowledge regarding both theory and practice. The course is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing an international career in NGOs, government, international organizations or any other think tank that is relative to the field of peace.

Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution), L.L.M.

The Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution), L.L.M. is a course that is offered online by the University of Law. This course has been designed to engage managers and lawyers by exploring the commercial and legal aspects of the resolution of conflict. In order to become a part of this program, there are a few requirements. Students need to hold a United Kingdom bachelor’s degree in any subject at 2:2 or higher. For international entry requirements, students must have an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or higher and no less than a 6.0 in each component of the test.

Diplomacy and Global Governance, M.A.

The Diplomacy and Global Governance, M.A. is a program that is offered by the Vesalius College located in Brussels, Belgium. This program is a one-year, postgraduate Master program. It focuses on Diplomacy and Global Governance and has been designed to give professionals and students policy-oriented skills and comprehensive knowledge regarding global governance and diplomacy. Taught by accredited teachers, this degree will give practical skill sets and theoretical foundations for those who have an interest in international careers in organizations, government, diplomacy and NGOs. To apply, the student must have a postgraduate degree at the bare minimum

Conflict Studies and Human Rights, M.A.

The Conflict Studies and Human Rights, M.A. is a program that is currently being offered by the Utrecht University, Netherlands. It puts focus on the violent conflicts currently occurring in Ukraine. It also talks about the problems that come with national and international humanitarian or military intervention by NATO, the United Kingdom or non-governmental organizations. In this course, students will gain an understanding of contemporary human rights and conflict as well as their intersection. Students will also get a general knowledge of international policies designed around conflict and human rights along with the political contexts that they are used in.

Conflict Resolution, M.Sc.

The Conflict Resolution, M.Sc. is a program that is currently being offered by the University of Essex found in Colchester, United Kingdom. This program touches upon topics such as negotiation, mediation and collaborative problem solving; teaching the ability to use conflict data sets and draw maps; understand the importance of international development and human rights; understand security studies in regards to international relations; and understand global and comparative politics. It explores issues such as putting an end to violent conflict; the benefits and consequences of intervening in armed conflict; and the role that national and international organizations play in such conflict.

Peace and Conflict Management, M.A.

The Peace and Conflict Management, M.A is a course that is being offered by the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel. This program is interdisciplinary and includes information regarding psychology, international relations, political science, sociology, communications, regional studies and history. This course offers several trips around Israel to give students a close relationship with the local conflict. Practical skills surrounding decision making, peacemaking, conflict management, negotiations and conflict and more will be delivered. To apply for this course, you will need no less than a 3.0 GPA and an official transcript of your BA degree along with a copy of your undergraduate diploma.

Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, M.A.

The Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, Master is a program that is currently being offered by the University of Tampere, Finland. This program is an interdisciplinary study that features numerous guest speakers from the field. Students will gain an understanding of both the short and long term results of conflict; an understanding of the conditions for conflict resolution, conflict transformation and peace in both local and international ways; and the ability to analyze the different evolutions of both conflict resolution and conflict in general to understand the idea of negotiation, mediation and overall peacebuilding.

Peace and Conflict Studies, MA

The Peace and Conflict Studies, Master is a program that gives students the skills and knowledge necessary to independently solve problems, monitor and evaluate the development of peace within conflict areas through research. After completing the program, the student will have a total understanding of the advanced issues surrounding conflict and peace research, allowing them to critically assess, examine and analyze the resolution and dynamics of armed conflict. Students can elect to specialize in areas such as gender peace and emerging security threats to further their knowledge in this area.

Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A.

The Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A. is a program that is currently being offered by the Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A. Coventry University, United Kingdom. This program helps give students thorough knowledge and understanding of conflict and peace theories, practices and issues along with an ability to put theory to work in case studies by practicing peacebuilding in conflict situations. Students will be given opportunities to develop critically reflective peacemaking practices in a supportive and friendly learning environment. Those enrolled will be given a wide range of transferable skills and attributes to prepare them for a career.

Peace and Development Studies, M.A.

The Peace and Development Studies, M.A. is a program that is currently being offered by the University of Limerick, Ireland. This program lets students investigate and hold debates over the nature and origins of conflicts while developing different approaches to conflict resolution. Modern cases of conflict will be examined as well as the relationships between development and peace-building. Students will look at theories of political and economic development along with modern practices and strategies for said development. Individuals will walk away with an expertise in peacebuilding and developmental issues to positively affect conflict areas.

Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A.

The Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A. is a program that gives students necessary preparation for employment in an area related to causes of large-scale violence, the social bases of conflict and peace and nonviolent social conflict along with recovery from violence. Students will gain the opportunity to practice and research internships through the State University of New Jersey. It aims to bring policy makers, scholars, projects, peacemakers, events and more to the campus to help students enjoy a wide range of learning opportunities by connecting with researchers, practitioners, professors and many others in the field.

Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A.

The Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A. is a program that is offered by the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. This program is an interdisciplinary MA that helps students examine the different processes that key actors have used to build and define peace in places that have been affected by violence and war, especially those impacted by the cold war. The student will be able to learn conflict resolution, conflict management, peacebuilding, conflict transformation and state building practices and theories. Applicants need an Upper Second Class Honors degree at the minimum to take this course.

Joint Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A

The Joint Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A. is a program that is offered by the University of Winnipeg, Canada. This program takes an interdisciplinary approach that helps to prepare its students for the pursuit of independent practice and research in national, local and global conflict issues and dynamics. It puts a focus on the analysis of social conflicts which include the strategies used for transforming conflict, the structural roots of a social divide and general inequality, as well as the promotion of social justice. Students need a minimum of a four-year honors or four-year baccalaureate degree to apply.

Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, M.Sc.

The Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, M.Sc. is a program that is currently being offered by Durham University, United Kingdom. This program has been designed to give students advanced understanding and knowledge surrounding specialized areas of conflict prevention, conflict transformation, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, peace processes, state stabilization, humanitarian intervention and peacebuilding. This is all within the context of modern conflict and international humanitarianism. The program will allow for students to explore the different practices and paradigms when it comes to peace, security, conflict, diplomacy, defense, development and general humanitarianism in the field of peace and conflict.

Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, M.A.

The Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, M.A. is a program that is currently being offered by The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. This degree is multidisciplinary and puts the focus on the crises that come from natural disasters and conflict zones. It brings together the study of humanities and medicine, providing an approach that puts students in similar scenarios of real life aid operations. This helps teach students the processes of both applied and analytical disciplines. Students must have a Second Class Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent in order to apply and gain entry to this program.

Reconciliation, M.A.

The Reconciliation, M.A. is currently being offered by the University of Winchester, United Kingdom. This program takes cues from religion, the arts and psychology to teach students the main ideas of reconciliation by looking at it from several unique points of view. Students will be able to understand and identify the main causes of conflict while looking at different practices that could turn a place into a conflict zone. When those are identified, students will look for a way to turn the conflict around into something positive. Peacebuilding is the ultimate goal of this course.

Sustainable Peacebuilding, Master

The Sustainable Peacebuilding, Master is a program that is currently being offered by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, United States. This program will allow students to understand the various social-ecological systems; recognize patterns in interactions between humans and the environment to understand what drives change that results in development, peacebuilding or conflict; gain crucial knowledge surrounding four different disciplines in relation to peace building; create effective problem solving and decision-making processes; and analyze different outcomes of programs centered on peacebuilding. Students must be proficient in English in order to apply.

Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, M.A.

The Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, M.A. is a program that is offered online by the University of Winchester. This program supports students in the goal of understanding and identifying the main causes of conflict in any given area. It also supports their ability to assess a variety of practices and methods in these places that have the potential to turn into violent conflict. From there, students will determine ways to turn this conflict into peace. Students will look at the relationships between theory and practice and think about the different factors that affect peacebuilding and conflict in real life.

Peace Operations, Master

The Peace Operations, Master is a program that is currently being offered by the George Mason University located in Fairfax, United States. Students will join the government, peacebuilding and military professionals in a program that focuses on studying international interventions that have the goal of restoring and maintaining peace in conflict zones or natural disaster zones. Students will study different topics such as recovery and development, post-conflict reconstruction as well as security and diplomacy. In order to apply, students must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university or college.

Fully Online Conflict Resolution Graduate Programs

MS and PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Nova Southeastern University

This online program comes from a dedicated department of Conflict Resolution Studies that also offers a residential degree program. Students are exposed to a wide array of approaches that assist individuals and communities in reaching non-violent and non-litigious solutions to personal, professional, and social problems. Courses include Mediation, Negotiation, Ethics, and Culture and Conflict. Students also have the option of writing a Master’s Thesis in lieu of two elective classes.

Graduates of the Master’s program can choose to continue to the online PhD program and transfer up to 15 credit hours of course work. The PhD provides further training in interdisciplinary research, theoretical frameworks, historical and cultural critique, and policy and program development. Students can focus their degree in community-based conflict, conflict in organizations, global conflict, and interpersonal conflict. Graduates of the PhD go on to be professors, researchers, consultants, and organizational administrators.

Requirements: The Master’s degree requires 12 courses (36 credit hours) that include theory and practice classes, research design, field practicum, and a program evaluation. Students may enroll full time (six hours per trimester) or part time (nine hours per trimester) with mandatory summer attendance. Full time students will complete the program in 15 months with part time students taking two years.

The online PhD is a 76-credit hour degree program with two Residential Institutes on campus each year. There are nine trimesters of course work followed by qualifying examinations after which students write a dissertation. The timeline to completion is five years (including summers).

MA in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

California University, Dominguez Hills

Students can enroll directly in this online program without needing to complete a formal application. The degree is aimed at beginning and mid-career professionals with experience in government, business, and non-profit organizations. It serves the needs of anyone looking to improve their mediation, negotiation, and conflict management skills as well as individuals looking for a career change. Graduates go on to work in counseling, education, social work, human resources, police work, labor relations, public policy, litigation, and corporate contract and purchasing.

The online classes are asynchronous, meaning students can view lectures and complete assignments on their own schedule. Students also gain access to an online message board that allows them to chat and discuss the course with their professor and fellow students. In addition, all assignments can be submitted electronically. Local students have the option of visiting the Dominguez Hills campus and using the computer lab.

Requirements: 36 credit hours, which can be completed in two years. Students can take up to five years to finish the degree, although they must maintain continuous enrollment.

Masters in International Relations OR Executive Masters in International Service

Concentration in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

If you’re looking for a program that provides rigorous international studies alongside conflict resolution training, this may be the degree for you. These Master’s programs provide students with the skills necessary to evaluate and mediate conflicts arising from transnational issues and cultural conflicts across the globe. Courses focus on the economic, legal, and political causes of conflict, processes and outcomes of international negotiation, and current trends and challenges in post-conflict transition. Graduates go on to work in both government and non-governmental fields, including international peace building, foreign service, and democracy building.

In addition to the online education through American University, students have the opportunity to take classes from other online programs at top-tier U.S. universities. This allows students to seek out specialized training while retaining the convenience of the online degree. Students also have access to the professional development resources of American’s School of International Service to assist them in finding jobs and preparing for interviews.

Requirements: The Master of Arts in International Relations degree requires 39 total credit hours, including a capstone project. Additionally, students must also demonstrate their proficiency in English and one other language relevant to their research interests. Courses are offered year-round in 15-week terms and the degree can be completed in as few as six terms. The program also features a weekend-long immersion event on the Washington D.C. campus where students participate in academic and professional development activities

The Executive Master of International Service is an accelerated degree for professionals with seven or more years of experience in the field of international development. It requires 30 total credit hours, including a capstone project and a four-day on-campus Executive Leadership Course.

MA in International Psychology, Trauma and Group Conflict Concentration

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

This program focuses on psychological and interpersonal approaches to conflict resolution as it relates to international trauma, social justice, and human rights. Courses explore a wide-range of topics, including immigration, refugee status, acculturation, trauma, crisis identification, and resilience and healing. Graduates of the program are equipped to work in any number of international service organizations, such as the United Nations, World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, Red Cross, Peace Corps, and other humanitarian and multinational aid organizations.

While most of this program can be completed on the student’s own schedule there are one- or two-hour sessions each term where students are expected to be online at the same time to engage in live group discussion. Online coursework is managed through the Global Student Dashboard, where all lessons, assignments, and forums can be found. Students also get a personal advisor and access to career support services to help them navigate the program as well as their future goals. As an added bonus, students can explore a sample online class to see if this program meets their learning needs.

Requirements: Two years, full-time. Students must complete a capstone project in collaboration with a local community service agency that engages in social justice and/or human rights-focused direct service on an international or global scale. The project takes place over three quarters and includes one required, minimum nine-day international field experience where the student engages with the on-the-ground direct service of their organization. They then research and write a specific strategy or policy proposal that will benefit the agency’s mission.

MA in Social Science – Conflict Resolution

California University of Pennsylvania

This degree program takes an interdisciplinary approach to conflict resolution and features professors from Sociology, History, Psychology, Law, Political Science, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. The program focuses include alternative dispute resolution (ADR), arbitration, and mediation. These skills can be applied to a number of different fields, including education, human resources, labor relations, law enforcement, counseling, government, law, social work, and the justice system. Selected courses include Nonviolence, Law and Conflict Resolution, Socio-cultural Approaches to Identity Conflicts, Communication and Collaboration, Ethics in Global Perspective, International and Intercultural Conflict Resolution, and Applied Mediation and Negotiation. Students can begin this program at the start of any semester – fall, spring, or summer. The courses are appropriate for working professionals looking to expand their skills, those looking to change careers, or students coming directly from an undergraduate degree. The classes are asynchronous and can be completed on the student’s personal schedule.

Requirements: 30 credit hours, which can be completes in five terms. There is also the option to complete an internship for course credit.

BA Programs in Conflict Resolution and Management

Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies – Depaul University in Chicago

Depaul University in Chicago, Illinois, United States, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies. All students in the program take classes on International Conflict and Peacebuilding; Social Justice and Social Change; Conflict: Intervention, Negotiation and Advocacy; Human Rights: Promise and Problematics; Women, War, and Resistance; Nonviolence; Peacebuilding; Social Justice; Social change, Conflict intervention and activism and advocacy. Students have the opportunity to study abroad or participate in an internship as a part of the program. For admissions consideration, students must submit an official transcript and satisfactory SAT or ACT standardized test scores.

Peace and Justice Studies – Pace University in New York City

Pace University in New York City, United States, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Peace and Justice Studies. All students take core courses in Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies, Nonviolence: Theory and Practice, Working Through Conflict: Mediation, Negotiation and Facilitation, Advanced Peace and Justice Studies, International Law and Human Rights, Conflict Analysis and Reconciliation and Transitional Justice. Electives offered in a number of different disciplines round out the course options. To be considered for the program, students must submit two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, ACT or SAT test scores and an official college transcript.

Dispute Resolution – Charles Sturt University in Sydney

Charles Sturt University in Sydney, Australia, offers a graduate certificate in Dispute Resolution. The program is offered entirely online and typically requires one year of part time study to complete. Students in the program complete coursework in Theories of Conflict Resolution, Skills of Conflict Resolution, Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results and Mediation: Processes and Uses. In order to be considered for the program, students must already have a bachelor’s degree or previous work experience related to dispute resolution. This program can be taken on its own but also qualifies students for admission to the university’s Master of Dispute Resolution program.

International Security and Conflict Resolution – San Diego State University in San Diego

San Diego State University in San Diego, California, United States, offers a bachelor’s degree program in International Security and Conflict Resolution. All students in the program complete the following courses: Conflict and Conflict Resolution, International Security in the Nuclear Age, Global Systems and Our Global Future: Values for Survival. Electives are also required, and all students complete an internship as a part of the program. Independent study and study abroad opportunities are also available. Highly competitive, the program requires an exemplary secondary school academic record to be accepted for admission. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average and submit satisfactory SAT or ACT test scores.

Applied Conflict Management – Kent State University

Kent State University, Ohio, United States, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Applied Conflict Management. All students in the program must pursue study of a foreign language and take the following classes: Conflict Theory; Introduction to Conflict Management; International Conflict Resolution; Gender, Power and Conflict; Mediation: Theory and Training; Nonviolence: Theory and Practice and Reconciliation Versus Revenge: Transitional Justice. Admission to the program is very competitive. Only students with exemplary secondary school grade point averages and acceptable ACT or SAT test scores will be considered. Previous volunteer or work experience is also taken into consideration.

Degrees in Peace, Security and Terrorism Studies

International Security and Terrorism, MA

The University of Nottingham in Nottingham, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree in International Security and Terrorism. With a full-time course of study, students spend one year completing two, 20-credit course modules and writing a 15,000-word dissertation as a part of the campus-based program. A 2-year, part-time version of the program is also available. To qualify for admission to the program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any field and a record of academic excellence. Fluency in English as evidenced by IELTS or TOEFL test scores is required for applicants from outside of the UK.

Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies, MA

Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies. All students in the program take courses in Theory and Practice of International Relations and Geopolitics, Theories and Applied Issues of Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies, The Role of International and Regional Organizations, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Analysis, Research Methods and Networking and Professional Skills. A dissertation is also required, and students have the opportunity to complete a semester-long internship. Admission to the program requires a bachelor’s degree and satisfactory scores on the TOEFL or IELTS English fluency examination.

International Security Studies, MA

The Faculty of Sciences at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, offers a master’s degree program in International Security Studies. A full-time course of study, the program lasts for 2 years and is taught entirely in English. All students complete classes in Security and Defence Integration in Europe, Research design, Applying Security Concepts in International Politics, Seminar in Security Concepts, Energy Security, Human Security in Contemporary World, Comparative Counterterrorism and Regional Security Studies. In addition, students must write a master’s thesis. For consideration for admission, students must have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to security and be fluent in English.

Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, MA

Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, offers a master’s degree in Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. The full-time course of study requires 18 months to complete and includes a mandatory master’s thesis research project. Students are free to select courses that are relevant to their specific interests and career goals, and internships are available to supplement classroom training. To qualify for admission, students must have at least a bachelor’s degree in any field or have significant work experience related to counter terrorism or intelligence gathering. As the program is taught entirely in English, non-native speakers will be required to submit IELTS or TOEFL scores.

International Security Studies, MA

Macquarie University offers a master degree in International Security Studies for students interested in working in the public or private sectors in positions related to security. The program focuses primarily on how security has changed in the aftermath of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2011. Students spend 12 months taking classes related to their specific interests and completing a research project. An optional internship can be completed as a part of the program. Admission to the university requires a bachelor’s degree or significant work experience in international security. Prospective students who are not native English speakers will be asked to submit IELTS or TOEFL test scores.

Funded PhD Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies

Notre Dame University (USA)

PhD in Peace Studies

Notre Dame University is home to the Kroc Institute, one of the foremost global centers for interdisciplinary peace research. Their sizeable PhD program allows students to choose amongst 6 different degree programs, each featuring a different disciplinary alignment: anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology. Combining peace studies with traditional disciplines gives students greater options if they choose to enter the academic job market. Graduates are prepared for scholarly research and teaching positions as well as roles in governmental, NGO, and religious organizations.

Funding details: Students receive fellowships or assistantships that provide full tuition and stipend for five years. Additional funding may be available for research travel.

Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland)

PhD, Irish School of Ecumenics

The Irish School of Ecumenics, part of the Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies, and Theology, is a world leader for studies of dialogue, peace, and reconciliation in both Irish and global contexts. The department also works with the Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation program at the Belfast Campus in Northern Ireland, making this a unique, cross-border degree program. Popular research areas include ethics, human rights, interreligious dialogue, gender, development and globalization, and reconciliation. Students receive rigorous training in both theoretical, foundational texts as well as applied field research in communities, governments, and institutions across the world.

Funding details: Competitive postgraduate studentships are available based on academic achievement. These cover all fees and provide an annual maintenance allowance.

American University (USA)

PhD in International Relations, Concentration in International Peace and Conflict Resolution

This program approaches peace studies from a secular, international relations approach. As such, the training has a strong foundation in public policy research and knowledge production including focuses comparative social theory, region studies, and quantitative methodologies. The department emphasizes the importance of writing and students are urged to author journal articles, present at conferences, and collaborate on faculty research. As a result, graduates are well equipped to teach in a university setting as well as work for government and non-government organization around the world.

Funding details: Admitted students receive four-year fellowships that include tuition remission and living stipend. Additional funding for conference travel is also available.

Upsala University (Sweden)

PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies

With an emphasis on scientific research, this program balances one year of course work with 3-4 years of research and writing. Some popular courses include Classics in Peace Research, Research Design in Peace and Conflict Research, and Ethics of Field Research. In addition, the department partners with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes to offer an advanced international training program entitled Peace and Security in Africa. Participants gain theoretical and practical knowledge about peace and security in Sub-Saharan Africa and work with regional partners to prevent, manage, and resolve armed conflicts in the region. This unique on-the-ground cross-cultural experience places students at an advantage in the global NGO and development job market.

Funding details: As is typical of Swedish universities, PhD candidates are considered employees and are not charged tuition fees. In addition, there are external fellowships and additional university resources available for qualified applicants.

George Mason University (USA)

PhD Conflict Analysis and Resolution

This PhD program is housed within the university’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Students are given rigorous academic professionalization, including opportunities to publish in academic journals, build a research and teaching portfolio, and apply for prestigious grants and scholarships. In addition, special travel courses allow students to learn by doing in regions that have been affected by conflict, including Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Northern Ireland, the Balkans, and Israel-Palestine. Students can further develop their academic profile by completing a certificate program focusing on Collaborative Leadership; Prevention, Reconstruction and Stabilization; or World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict.

Finding details: All graduate students are invited to apply to several competitive university- and department-wide scholarships. In addition, select graduate students are offered research and teaching assistantships that include tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend.

University of Manitoba (Canada)

PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies

Combining conflict resolution, social justice, and peace studies approaches, this program produces versatile scholars and human rights professionals. All students must complete courses within the field of peace and conflict studies as well as a related cognate area of their choice, such as sociology, law, Native Studies, etc. Graduates find work in academia as well as non-profit agencies, governments, hospitals, schools, and the business world. The program is housed within the Arthur Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice which is dedicated to peace, social justice, and human rights with a specific focus on the role of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in promoting global citizenship and harmony. The Centre also hosts a storytelling initiative focused on promoting peace and renewing communities.

Funding details: While funding is not guaranteed, there are a number of competitive fellowships available through the department and university.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA)

PhD in Social Psychology, Psychology of Peace and Violence

This psychology-focused approach to the study of peace and violence is the first of its kind in the United States. The department aims to use scientific research and approaches to find innovative solutions to resolve conflict, promote reconciliation, and build peace. Students fulfill department requirements for a degree in Social Psychology while also completing additional research in conflict and peace studies. In addition, they complete an internship with a NGO or community-based organization, conduct long-term independent research projects, and assist faculty. Graduates are well placed to work in the either field of academic psychology or peace and conflict resolution.

Funding details: Nearly all students have tuition and fees waived through assistantships, fellowships, or traineeships. These also provide living stipends. Some assistantships and traineeships are also available in the summer.

Degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies in Canada

Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A.

The Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A. is a two-year program that incorporates a number of different ways to help in the field of lasting social change. This includes both the resolution and the analysis of social conflicts; strategies for building up communities; the promotion of social justice; peace research that looks at the true roots of social conflicts and more.

This course will touch upon subjects such as problem solving, trust building and other interpersonal communications; theories of conflict resolution; violence prevention and intervention; international human rights and security; intercultural peace building and conflict resolution; international peace building and conflict resolution; and special topics that center around specific issues within peace and conflict studies.

Those who are applying to study for this M.A. are required to have a four-year baccalaureate degree or a four-year honors degree. The degrees need to be in either conflict analysis and resolution or peace and conflict studies. Degrees can also be in another related focus.

Joint Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A.

The Joint Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A. is a program that analyzes the social conflicts in the world. This includes looking at the foundations of social divisiveness and inequality along with strategies that help transmute conflict into the promotion of social justice.

This program is offered by the University of Winnipeg in Canada. The program takes advantage of interdisciplinary and holistic approaches that can assist students in the preparation of pursuing their own research and practice at the global, national and local levels. This degree comes with the option of a comprehensive examination or a thesis.

Students that are completing this program will be enrolled full time. In order to apply, students need a high academic standing at the university they attended. A four-year baccalaureate or honors degree is required along with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Human Security and Peacebuilding, Postgraduate Diploma

The Human Security and Peacebuilding, Postgraduate Diploma is an interdisciplinary, one-year long graduate program that responds to the leadership demands in social reconstruction, humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding and conflict management in international settings. This degree will teach students about social transformation with the integration of development and sustainable peace initiatives. This program will give professionals who are working a chance to sharpen both their theoretical and practical skills that are necessary for the promotion and restoration of peace and a generally civil society in post-conflict environments.

Those interested in the program will have a four-year undergraduate degree in a field that is related to the program with a GPA of at least 3.33 in order to apply for the Human Security and Peacebuilding, Postgraduate Diploma.

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program aims to help students foster a civil societal environment. The program will do this by teaching the holistic and sustainable peace initiatives that empower students with the practical skills, research and knowledge they need to help with nonviolent peace building initiatives. This program combines learning with action to give scholars the necessary tools for understanding conflict and contributing to its resolution. Students will attend workshops such as Peacemaking Circles, Understanding Conflict, Narrative Mediation, and Mediating Groups in Dispute.

While in this program, students will work with the community of students around them as well as the faculty members. They will complete core courses along with any elective courses that pertain to their specific areas of interest.

Master’s Degree in the United Nations and the Art of Peace

The Master’s Degree in the United Nations and the Art of Peace focuses on the study of 70 years of UN action in the fields of peace-making, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. It aims to allow students to become more knowledgeable on the matter as well as profit directly from the hindsight of the United Nations and academic experts in order to better assess and apprehend peace initiatives and understand the processes of preserving, defending and promoting peace in all their complexity.

Find out more