Peace Education


The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Peace Education seeks to develop and strengthen the knowledge, values and capacities of educators to build a peaceful world in all levels and dimensions of life. Through coursework, capstone project, independent research or internship experiences complemented with a unique and cooperative learning environment at UPEACE, students will be enhanced in their values formation, knowledge and skills essential to the contributions of formal and non-formal educators and institutions in analysing, resolving and transforming conflicts and violence towards a holistic culture of peace.  The programme will provide both a critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of peace education as well as engagement with a broad spectrum of critical, participatory and transformative pedagogies. Based on the work, programmes, projects and research of educational institutions and organizations, including schools, universities, UN agencies such as UNESCO, UNICEF, UNHCR and UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, local/international NGOs and other civil society organizations or institutions,  students will explore how education is essential in promoting disarmament and nonviolence, local/global justice, intercultural and interfaith understanding, human rights, gender equality, sustainable futures and preventing or addressing emergencies arising from armed conflicts, natural disasters and health crises.


        Main courses 2018-2019

Following the courses for the Academic Year 2018-2019:

Courses Common to all UPEACE Academic Programmes

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits)
  • UPM 6003 The United Nations System and UPMUNC (3 Credits)

Course Common to all PCS Programmes

  • PCS 6008 Research Methodology (3 Credits)
  • PCS 6011 Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation (3 Credits)
  • UPE 6064 Working in Conflict Areas - Field Training (2 Credits)
  • PCS 6012 Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peace Building (3 Credits)


Courses for Peace Education (PE) 

  • PEP 6010 Peace Education: Theory and Practice (3 Credits)
  • PEP 6044 Education for Sustainability (3 Credits)
  • GPB 6026 Gender in Peacebuilding and Human Security (3 Credits)
  • IPS 6064 Restorative Justice (2 Credits)
  • PEP 6043 Human Rights Education (3 Credits)
  • PEP 6025 Education in Emergencies: Armed Conflicts, Disasters, and Health Crisis  (3 Credits) 
  • Graduation Project: Thesis (8 Credits) or Internship (8 Credits) or Capstone (5 Credits)*

    *NOTE: Students who choose Capstone as Graduation Project must take an extra 3-credit course according the following options:

        1. One additional course (face to face modality), which means taking 2 parallel regular master courses (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) if approved by the student's MA Programme Coordinator
        2. One additional 3-credit course or two additional 2-credit courses (online modality), which means taking 2 or 3 parallel courses (one face-to-face master course and one 3 credit course or two 2-credit courses approved by the student's Programme Coordinator) before June 2019
        3. One additional 3-credit course or two additional 2-credit courses (online modality) extended from June 2019 until December 2019 (the online course or courses must be approved by the student's Programme Coordinator)

For complete course descriptions, course calendar and information about the professors, please follow this link


Exit Profile

Graduates of the programme will be sensitive to peace-oriented values and principles and empowered with a critical understanding and knowledge of the root causes of diverse conflicts as well as nonviolent strategies for transforming these conflicts toward a peaceful world. They will also be able to share creative curriculum and pedagogical skills in peace education in formal contexts (e.g., schools, universities, departments or ministries of education) and equally in non-formal and community contexts (e.g., intergovernmental or state agencies, private sector, NGOs, and CSOs).



MA Peace Education Graduates since 2004 are now

    • Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors.
    • Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Peace Education Consultants, Curriculum Developers in public and private school systems.
    • Program and Project Coordinators  in various international agencies such as UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, and NGOs such as Teachers without Borders, Save the Children, Amnesty International, Project Ploughshares, Peace Brigades International, and many more.
    • Pursuing doctoral studies.

Examples of professional involvement of our PEP graduates.

    • Christine Onen (PE 2005), Project Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council, Uganda
    • Assouan Gbesso (PE 2005), Associate Programme Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Chad
    • Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed (PE 2006), Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan
    • Sabrina Sideris (PE 2006), Program Director, INVST Community Studies at University of Colorado, Boulder
    • Nicolas Carl Martin (PE 2006), Founder and president of TechChange, a Washington DC
    • Som Prasad Niroula (PE 2007), Human Rights portfolio at Alliance for Social Development in Nepal
    • Loizos Loukaidis (PE 2007), Project Assistant at Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR) and Primary School Teacher at Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus
    • Naita Saecho Chialvo (PE 2008), Program Administrator at Stanford Teacher Education Program, Graduate School of Education
    • Golda Keng (PE 2008), Program Coordinator of the African Centre for Peace and Security Training for the Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    • Trish Golesic (PE 2009), Faculty & Administrator in Higher Education, Ontario, Canada
    • Brooke Wichmann (PE 2009), Asst Director of Conflict Resolution Services, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
    • Rainbow Choi (PE 2009), Program Manager, HOPE International Development Agency, Vancouver, Canada
    • Lieke Scheewe (PE 2010), Programme Coordinator, Light for the World – Netherlands (NGO)   Jessica Rentsch (2010), Campus Director at Citizen Schools, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Rosemary Chilufya (PE 2011), Coordinator, Human Rights, Governance and Peacebuilding, Human Security and Development, Copperbelt University, Zambia
    • Myo Min Oo (PE 2011), International HIV/AIDS Alliance Myanmar, CARE International Myanmar and MSF Holland, Myanmar
    • Vini Wardhani (PE 2012), Peace Education, Psychosocial Specialist, Community Development, Indonesia Blessing Adejoh (PE 2012), Program officer at JPRM, Nigeria
    • Shigehiro Shibata (PE 2012), Programme Officer for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDP, Kosovo
    • Chariya Om (PE 2012), Programme Coordinator – “Truth, Reconciliation and Healing” Project. Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Cambodia