Brandeis Dual Degree

IMPORTANT: The following information is regarding the application process specifically for the dual degree programme between Brandeis and UPEACE.


Participants in this dual degree programme will earn an MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from Brandeis University in the United States and an MA in International Law and Human Rights from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. 

The admissions process is a combined effort between the two institutions and you will receive an official admissions package from both.  Because the year one of the programme is at Brandeis, the full admissions process is first completed with Brandeis and an abbreviated package is submitted to UPEACE. The documents that are required by both institutions will be shared by Brandies with UPEACE. This if further explained below.


UPEACE accepts applications in electronic format through our online application form. The documentation and information provided in an application reflects on the quality of the applicant. Please be sure that it is complete and accurate and that all essays and supplementary materials are representative of the applicant’s work. It is not acceptable to misrepresent accomplishments; borrow from the works of others without proper acknowledgment; or to submit material that has been written, re-written, or heavily edited by others. Breaches of these protocols will result in immediate rejection of the application.

The UPEACE online application form can be accessed as many times as needed with the login and password provided the first time an applicant enters the system. The form has a “save” button that allows the applicant to save the information and go back to the form at a later time.   It is imperative to collect all of the data and supporting documents before clicking the submit button. Finally, in addition to gathering the required documents it is very important to carefully read the information provided below relating to the individual sections within the on-line form.

Applicants to the Brandeis/UPEACE dual degree programme will be using the application form that UPEACE uses for the regular programmes.  Please ensure that you read the below information carefully to note that differences in requirements for dual degree applicants.



Required Supporting Documents to be Uploaded:

Upon submission of the on-line application form, the UPEACE Admissions system will send an automatic confirmation email. The date and time of submission will be noted in the system. Applications received after the established relevant deadline may be transferred for the subsequent academic year.

Each application received by the established deadline will be reviewed for completeness. A second acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant by the Admissions Officer informing whether or not the application is complete and able to be passed on for academic review.

We are not able to provide any information about the status of applicants over the phone or to third parties. Information will only be provided using the email entered by the applicant in the on-line application form. Please address any email inquiries to


UPEACE recognizes the Brandeis policy for English language. Therefore, enrollment with Brandeis meets the UPEACE English language requirement.

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The UPEACE statement of purpose must be between 500 and 1,000 words and clearly state the applicants name, the programme to which they are applying, and clear responses to the following questions:

  • Why have you decided to apply to this programme?
  • What are your expectations from this programme?
  • What are your career plans after completing this programme?
  • What type of multicultural exchanges have you had that would inform your academic experience in this programme?

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UPEACE recognizes the Brandeis revision of letters of recommendation. Therefore enrollment with Brandeis meets the UPEACE requirement for letters of recommendation. Brandeis will send copies of both letters to UPEACE. On the application form, please upload a word document in both letter of recommendation fields stating "Documents will be sent to UPEACE directly from Brandeis."

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UPEACE recognizes the Brandeis revision of undergraduate transcripts and diploma. Therefore enrollment with Brandeis meets the UPEACE undergraduate document requirement. Brandeis will send official copies of both transcript and diploma to UPEACE.  On the application form, please upload a word document in both the diploma and transcript fields stating "Documents will be sent to UPEACE directly from Brandeis."

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The curriculum vitae or resume for UPEACE application must clearly state the following information:

  • Name and birth date of applicant
  • E-mail address and phone number
  • Postal address
  • Academic background (including institution name, graduation year, and degree obtained)
  • Professional work experience (including name of the institution, *start date and end date with month + year format, and basic job duties)
  • Additional relevant experience (volunteer work, etc.)
  • Multicultural exchanges
*The month + year start and end date (ex. From: June 2013 To: May 2015) is very important

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The financial form is not currently required for the Brandeis/UPEACE dual degree programme. On the application form, please upload a word document in the Financial Form field stating "Documents not required for Brandeis/UPEACE Dual Degree Programme.

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All applicants must upload a clear, color photocopy of their passport pages showing the following information:

  • Name
  • Photo
  • Birth date and place
  • Issuance and expiration date. This date must be 6 months after the ending of the academic programme at UPEACE (end of January of the year that follows completion of programme). This is needed to start the Costa Rican Immigration processes for the Student Temporary Residency.

It is unnecessary to attach blank pages or previous visa stamps.

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A passport size photo must be uploaded to the on-line application form with the following characteristics:

  • In color
  • 3.5 by 4.5 cm (2 x 2 inches)
  • Frontal view from head to shoulders
  • Single colour background, preferably white.

Should the applicant be admitted, six passport size photos printed on photo paper will be required upon arrival to Costa Rica.

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* The application deadline for the 2016/2017 academic year is currently set for 27-May-2016