Dual M.A. Programme with Brandeis University


The Heller School at Brandeis University (United States) offers a two-year international dual-degree programme in which students earn an M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from Brandeis University and an M.A. in International Law and Human Rights from the University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Together, the two degrees provide the breadth of skills and perspectives needed to make a difference at community, regional, national and global levels.

Programme Description

Participants spend their first year in residence at Brandeis University, leading to a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) degree. The COEX programme is a 38- to 40-credit, 12-month programme divided into three semesters, from August of one year to August of the next. The degree provides the foundations that will enable graduates to design and implement successful interventions that help opposing groups, nations and regions prevent, mitigate and resolve conflicts.

The second year of the dual-degree programme takes place on the UPEACE campus in Costa Rica; the Master’s in International Law and Human Rights (ILHR) programme is a 40-credit, ten-month programme divided into two semesters, between August of one year and June of the following year. All courses are taught in English.

Preparing an Application

Participants in this dual-degree programme will earn an M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from Brandeis University in the United States and an M.A. 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 with UPEACE by Brandies. This if further explained below.

UPEACE Online Application Form

UPEACE accepts applications in electronic format only 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. 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 detailed admissions information regarding the individual sections within the on-line form.

Detailed Admissions Information

Programme Fees

The below pricing is specifically for the Brandeis/UPEACE dual degree programme.

Tuition Costs - UPEACE

Tuition $17,000
30% Tuition Waiver -$5,100
Administrative Fees $2,500
Total $14,400

*Administrative fees are not refundable.

Students will make payments to Brandeis for both the Brandeis and UPEACE portions of the programme. Brandeis will in turn remit payment to UPEACE.

Tuition Costs - Brandeis

Tuition information for the Brandeis portion of the programme can be found here.

For more information on this programme, please contact specialprogrammes@upeace.org or visit the programme page.