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Prof. Zelizer's Guide to MA Program in Peace & Conflict Resolution

Many individuals around the world are interested in doing graduate work in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the MA or Ph.D. level. This guide is for MA level programs. For Ph.D. programs see the resource guide There are several excellent existing guides to finding programs listed below (Please note that no guide provides complete up-to-date information on all programs, thus please feel free to suggest additional programs and also do your own research).

Before looking through the guides, readers are strongly encouraged to read carefully through the free report Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (2010. by Nike Carstarphen, Craig Zelizer, Robert Harris and David J. Smith. Special Report 246. United States Institute of Peace:Washington, DC

which is accessible at http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blogs/new-rep... . The report provides a critical review of the opportunities and challenges in graduate programs and should be useful reading for students, faculty, employers and those considering starting programs.


1. The Peacemakers Trust in Canada has complied an excellent list of programs around the world see, http://www.peacemakers.ca/education/educationlinks.html

2. Dr. Brian Polkinghorn at Salisbury State University, has compiled an excellent guide to Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies and Alternative Dispute Resolution around the World.

3.The Peace and Justice Studies Association publishes a guide to peace and conflict related programs at all levels.

4.CR Info has an online guide to higher education programs related to Conflict issues.

5.Eastern Mennonite University has also put together a useful guide to MA level programs related to Peace and Conflict Studies.

6. (Thanks to Dr. John Windmueller for this resource) As part of the work done by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) task force on standards in graduate conflict resolution education, we created a large database of approximately 150 conflict resolution-related programs and degrees. Here's a link to the database: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnL0i2flgrpNdC1aazJDM1...

7. Wikipedia has an entry that provides an overview of the field of Peace and Conflict Studies and key research institutes.

Idealist, one of the leading nonprofit career sites has recently developed the Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center. This is a terrific site that has key information for individuals seeking to pursue graduate programs related to social change. The resources includes tips for how to select a program, how to write an effective application, application procedures, identifying funding and more.

For more information on funding possibilities please consult the Scholarships Guide and/or directly contact the respective academic program.

Regarding MA programs in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields see some of the key programs below. Feel free to suggest additional programs and you're encouraged to consult the resource guides listed above.


In Washington, DC area there are the following MA level programs:

Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University
Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, American University

Other regions in the US

Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, New York
Master of Arts degree in Conflict Analysis and Engagement, Antoich University, Ohio
MA in Conflict Transformation, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
International Peace and Conflict Resolution MA program at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania
MA in Peace Studies, Notre Dame University, Indiana
MA in Negotiation and Conflict Management, University of Baltimore, Maryland
Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, NOVA Southeastern University, Florida (also offers online and certificate programs)
Master of Arts in Coexistence and Conflict, Brandies University, Massachusetts
Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts in Boston
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Massachusetts (includes the option to do a concentration in conflict resolution)
Masters Program in Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies University of San Diego, California
MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, California State University, Dominguez Hills (offers an online program)
The Master's Program In Conflict and Dispute Resolution, University of Oregon
The MA or MSC Program in Conflict Resolution, Portland State University, Oregon
Masters in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (offers campus-based and online version) at Creighton University in Nebraska.
Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University, Maryland
Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation - School for International Training, Vermont


M.A. Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg (joint program)

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo is a new interdisciplinary professional program set to begin in September 2012.



Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Queensland
Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney


The National Centre for Peace And Conflict Studies, at the University of Otago, is New Zealand's first Centre to combine global cross-disciplinary expertise on the issues of development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. It offers postgraduate programs at the Masters and PhD level.



European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation - European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation


MA for Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Tran... at the University of Innsbruck


M.Phil, International Peace Studies, Trinity College, Dublin


MA program in Conflict Studies, Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University


Online MA in Conflictology,Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona


MA Program in Peace and Development Studies, Linnæus University, Sweden. The one-year program combines conflict analysis and development studies with a practical, methods-oriented approach. Students are taught in a multicultural classroom by experts with extensive practical experience abroad.


MA of Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation, University of Basel
MA in Expressive Arts, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding European Graduate School


M.Phil, Reconciliation Studies, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Belfast
LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
MA Peace and Conflict Studies (will be an MSc next year), and a new programme in MSc Peacebuilding and Human Rights INCORE, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
MA Postgraduate Courses in Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies, Conflict, Security and Development (and related Fields), University of Bradford



University of Peace - Offers 10 MA programs related to peace and conflict studies.



University of Haifa - Launching a new interdiciplinary MA Program in Peace and Conflict Management Studies in October 2010
Tel Aviv University - International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation

From the guru at GU: http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/cz52/?PageTemplateID=156 and This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

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