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Students will gain an understanding of the various judicial and non-judicial bodies that are at the frontline of questions of interpretation, the development of international human rights standards, and enforcement. In addition, students receive training in hands on skills in the realm of reporting, monitoring and evaluation of human rights. Finally, as the globalization of business and investment is increasing in force and speed, with important human rights implications, this specialization explores the interaction between economics and rights, asking critical questions about this process and potential solutions.

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  • Overview

    Ecology and Society

    This MSc in Ecology and Society has been designed in response to the currently recognized global need for Master's-level trained Ecologists to address local to international level environmental issues. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to characterize, understand, restore, manage and maintain the planet’s ecosystems, and determine the correlations between healthy, sustained habitats and the ecosystem services they provide to benefit society and the rest of the biosphere, all while being able to explain/describe these concepts from the scientific, quantitative, societal, political, temporal and spatial perspectives, all of which are required of the next generation of fully engaged Ecologists.

    To view the programme brochure, click here.

    This programme is schedule to begin in June 2022.

  • Study Plan

    Academic Course Calendar and Professors

    Code Courses Type Professor Credits Weeks Dates Hours Classroom
    MAES 6000 Ecology View More Mandatory William Eaton() View More 3 3 weeks 01-Jun-2022 21-Jun-2022 1:00 PM-3:50 PM Classroom #1
    MAES 6001 Ecology & Society View More Mandatory Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 27-Jun-2022 15-Jul-2022 1:00 PM-3:50 PM Classroom #1
    MAES 6002 Community Ecology View More Mandatory William Eaton() View More 3 3 weeks 18-Jul-2022 05-Aug-2022 1:OO PM-3:50 PM Classroom #1
    MAES 6003 Graduate Statistics View More Mandatory Luis Esteban Vargas-Castro(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 08-Aug-2022 26-Aug-2022 1:00 PM-3:50 PM Classroom #1
    DED 6022 Sustainable Agriculture View More Mandatory Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 21-Sep-2022 11-Oct-2022 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Council Room
    MAES 6004 Ecology Research Methods View More Mandatory Luis Esteban Vargas-Castro(Costa Rica) View More 2 2 weeks 17-Oct-2022 28-Nov-2022 1:00 PM-3:50 PM Classroom #1
    DED 6034 Forest, Forestry and Poverty View More Mandatory Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 31-Oct-2022 18-Nov-2022 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #3
    DED 6084 Social Research Methods View More Mandatory Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 09-Jan-2023 27-Jan-2023 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Council Room
    DED 6050 Climate Change Governance View More Mandatory Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 30-Jan-2023 17-Feb-2023 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Earth Charter Auditorium
    UPE-PCS-6005 How the superheroes explain the... View More Optional Mariano Turzi(Argentina) View More 1 1 week 20-Feb-2023 24-Feb-2023 1:00p.m.-3:45p.m. Classroom #1
    MAES 6005 Citizen Science View More Mandatory Luis Esteban Vargas-Castro(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 20-Feb-2023 10-Mar-2023 1:00 PM-3:50 PM Other
    MAES 6006 Tropical Ecosystem Assessment View More Mandatory William Eaton() View More 3 3 weeks 13-Mar-2023 31-Mar-2023 1:00 PM-3:50 PM Other
  • Faculty

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  • Requirements

    Admissions Requirements

    The following documentation is required to complete your application process for the UPEACE on-campus M.A. programmes. Please have them ready and on hand before beginning your online application process, as they will need to be uploaded into the system.

    Required supporting documents to be uploaded:

    • English Proficiency Test Scores Report: TOEFL (PBT, CBT or IBT), IELTS, Duolingo English Test, Pearson Test of English or Cambridge English Language Assessment
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree) Transcripts and Degree Certificate
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    • Copy of Passport (front page with photo only)
    • Three (3) passport-size photos for ID purposes


    Detailed information on each requirement can be found here.

    The online application requires electronic (PDF) scans of required documents. Should admission be granted, the following documents will be eventually be required in official hard copy:

    • English Proficiency Test Scores Report: TOEFL (PBT, CBT or IBT), IELTS, Duolingo English Test, Pearson Test of English or Cambridge English Language Assessment (if applicable)
    • UPEACE TOEFL Code: 7180
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Degree Certificate (and English translations if applicable)
    • Three (3) passport-size photos.

    Upon submission of the online application form and supporting uploaded documents, 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 deadline will be considered for admission for the following 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 him/her of the status of his/her application, whether it 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 to the applicant using the email provided in the online application form. Please address any email inquiries to 

    Please write down your application ID number before submitting your application, as this number is difficult for the Admissions Team to recover. If you lose your ID number, please email

  • Cost & Financial Aid

    Costs & Financial Aid

    UPEACE is a not-for-profit institution and has limited funds for financial assistance. Therefore we strive for balance, diverse class composition, and merit in distributing financial assistance among admitted students.

    UPEACE Costs

    Conditions of UPEACE Scholarships & Financial Assistance

    The prospective applicant has to be admitted to UPEACE in order to receive any possibility of financial assistance from the University, the latter of which is subject to the following conditions:

    • The financial assistance awarded is non-negotiable.
    • The scholarships/waivers do not apply to the US$ 2,500 administrative fee. This fee is mandatory for all students and is non-refundable if the student wishes to withdraw from UPEACE before completing his/her degree. Admitted students must comply with this financial obligation to UPEACE according to the required deadline outlined in their official admissions documents.
    • Applicants are only eligible for one waiver category per application period. Waiver categories cannot be combined.
    • If you receive a scholarship from another institution, you are obligated to inform the UPEACE Admissions Office, so that it can revert the waivers granted by UPEACE. 
    • Applicants eligible for a 50% waiver must apply directly through the UPEACE Admissions Office.

    Automatic Scholarships/Waivers

    30% Tuition Waiver (Automatic)

    Available to M.A. and Doctorate students that meet one of the following criteria:

    50% Tuition Waiver (Automatic)

    Available to M.A. and Doctorate students that meet one of the following criteria:

    • Professors from a partner university
    • Costa Rican citizens and residents (host country)
    • Current, full-time UN employees and volunteers
    • Documented refugee or asylee

    30% or 50% Tuition Waiver (Merit Based) - Available to Master's applicants who do not belong to the above categories. These waivers are offered in limited number and will be awarded by merit, not financial condition. These waivers are not available to doctorate students.


    Tuition USD $17,000.00
    Administrative Fees* USD $2,500.00
    Total USD $19,500.00

    Administrative Fees are not refundable

    Payment Dates

    First Payment - Due date determined based on admission date USD $11,000.00
    Final Payment - No later than 15 August 2022 USD $8,500.00
    Total USD $19,500.00

    Administrative Fees are not refundable

  • Student Life

    Life at #UPEACE

    Humans of UPEACE was modeled after the famous Humans of New York photography project, designed to tell the stories of 10,000 New Yorkers on the street. At UPEACE, we believe our community – composed of current students, Alumni, Faculty, Visiting Professors, staff members, and partners – is our greatest asset and their stories worth sharing with the world. We invite you to dive into these stories and get to know the exceptional #UPEACERS that make the University for Peace a unique and diverse learning community, dedicated to training leaders for peace determined to reshape the world.

    Their stories are the best way to get a real feeling for the Student Life Experience at UPEACE!

    Click on the HoU logo below to get started!

    Our current batch of #UPEACERS

    The University for Peace is characterized by its diversity and multiculturalism. For 2022-2023, we have 157 students from 43 countries. As a result, our campus is always full of student activities, most of them organized by the students themselves. In past years, we have had yoga classes, conversation classes in different languages, the celebration of cultural nights (Asian night, Latin night, European night, etc.), as well as institutional activities open to students (Zumba classes, academic "brown bag" lunches, etc.) The current situation has forced students to become more creative with regards to socialising and ensuring a rich student life at UPEACE.


    Learn more about what to expect from your stay in Costa Rica, including approximate living expenses, here.

  • Career Info

    Career Prospects

    What is an ecologist, exactly?

    Ecologists contribute significantly to the understanding and preservation of the natural world and all its habitats and ecosystems, and the processes and critical conditions driving the structure of the natural world. They generate new knowledge concerning how the living and non-living (i.e., nutrients, water, etc.) components of all ecosystems interact together to create the conditions within all different global habitats, using this knowledge to solve environmental problems through ecological scientific investigations. They study the differences in all these components between different heathy, diseased or damaged habitats, ecosystems, and landscapes, while sharing this information with appropriate users to help them design better, more sustainable strategies for maintaining or restoring all ecosystems. They often serve as educators of students from high school to colleges and universities, and in museums and nature centers. Many Ecologists work in governmental natural resource agencies and scientific laboratories, non-profit organizations, governmental planning offices, where they study natural and modified environments, such as in forestry, agriculture, land development, and areas damaged by natural disasters. As scientists, Ecologists also write reports, journal articles, and environmental impact statements providing the information to help all levels of governmental policy makers, and managers of natural resources through their activities of monitoring, managing, or restoring populations and ecosystems.

    Individuals trained at this level can pursue careers in the public and private sector at local, regional, national, and international levels as ecological scientists, foresters, conservation scientists, natural resource and wildlife managers, recreation managers, environmental assessment scientists, sustainability scientists, and public school and college science educators.

  • Apply

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