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The Master of Arts Dual Degree Program in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) allows participants to study environmental and development policies and practices from the perspectives of both Global South and North, and from both local and global viewpoints. Students spend one year each at UPEACE and at American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C. American University contributes with strengths in international relations, environmental policy, and economics, while UPEACE provides a unique opportunity to study sustainable development, environmental governance, and natural resources management on the ground in a developing context. All courses at UPEACE include field trips to different locations around Costa Rica where students will learn through direct engagement with government and non-governmental organizations, community members, and other local stakeholders. Graduates of this program receive an MA in International Affairs from American University and an MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from UPEACE.
Admission is handled by American University. Accordingly, all candidates must follow the procedures listed here.
Once the admission applications are complete, applicants are evaluated by faculty at both universities.