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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

    Environment, Development and Peace

    The Master of Arts Degree in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP) provides comprehensive training in issues of sustainable development, environmental governance, natural resource management, and environmental conflict management from both ecological and social perspectives. It encompasses a broad range of subjects and themes, including Food Systems, Water Management, Forestry, Coastal Resources, Climate Change, Urban Ecology and Social Movements. The programme focuses on the human dimensions of the environment-development nexus, highlighting the connections between local perspectives and broader processes at the national, regional and global levels and emphasizing the importance of political economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. The programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in both environmental and development policy and programming in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

    See the Prospectus here.


    There are currently 4 specializations within the EDP degree: 

    • Environmental Security and Governance

    This specialization is designed for those wishing to work on global environmental governance issues. Students critically engage with issues concerning global environmental change and security. They will gain insights into different theoretical frameworks, institutional tools and practical techniques related to water, food, and climate change, among others. Specifically, environmental security and governance specialization students will take the following courses as part of their degree programme: Climate Change Governance; Water Security or Food Security; Environment, Conflicts and Sustainability.

    • Climate Change

    Global climate change is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Climate change specialists will be equipped with knowledge and skills related to climate change governance, adaptation and justice. Specifically, climate change specialization students will take the following courses as part of their degree programme: Climate Adaptation and Justice; Climate Change Governance; Environment, Conflicts and Sustainability.

    • Sustainable Natural Resource Management

    This specialization is designed for those intending to engage in on the ground or community-oriented work in natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, or sustainable development. It emphasizes the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support systems and mitigation of conflicts that arise from development initiatives, natural resource disputes, and environment degradation. Specifically, sustainable natural resource management specialization students will take the following courses as part of their degree programme: Sustainable Agriculture or Water Security; Forests, Forestry, and Poverty or Management of Coastal Resources; Natural Resource Management Field Course.

    •  Sustainable Food Systems

    Sustainable food production and consumption is central to environmental sustainability, human health, and climate change adaptation. Sustainable food systems specialization students will acquire the skills and knowledge linked to sustainable agriculture and food security both in theory as well as through visits to local communities and work on the UPEACE organic farm. Specifically, students of this specialization will take the following courses as part of their degree programme: Sustainable Agriculture; Food Security; Climate Adaptation & Justice or Climate Governance.

  • Study Plan

    Academic Course Calendar and Professors

    Code Courses Type Professor Credits Weeks Dates Hours Classroom
    DED-6007 Environment, Conflicts, and Sustainability View More Mandatory Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 18-Sep-2019 08-Oct-2019 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Council Room
    NRD 6083 Natural Resource Management Field Course View More Mandatory Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 02-Mar-2020 13-Mar-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Earth Charter Auditorium
    DED 6041 Science for Environmental Management View More Mandatory Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 16-Mar-2020 03-Apr-2020 1:15 PM-4:15 PM Classroom #2
    DED 6043 Urban Sustainability View More Mandatory TBA .() View More 3 3 weeks (doble session) TBA 13-Apr-2020 30-Apr-2020 1:15 PM-4:15 PM Classroom #4
    UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More Amr Abdalla(Egypt) View More 3 3 weeks 26-Aug-2019 13-Sep-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    UPM 6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory José Riera-Cézanne(United States) View More Robert Serry(Kolkata) View More Guest Speakers() View More 2 2 weeks 14-Oct-2019 25-Oct-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    UPM-6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 1 3 days 26-Feb-2020 28-Feb-2020 8:45am-4:15pm. Council Room
    DED-6023 Research Methods View More Mandatory Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 13-Jan-2020 31-Jan-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Council Room
    NRD 6092 Management of Coastal Resources View More Recommended Marco Quesada(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 25-Nov-2019 13-Dec-2019 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #5
    DED-6024 Food Security View More Recommended Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 16-Mar-2020 03-Apr-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #5
    NRD 6075 Forests, Forestry and Poverty View More Recommended Jan Breitling(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 25-Nov-2019 13-Dec-2019 8:45 AM1-11:45 AM Classroom #2
    DED 6029 Climate Adaptation and Climate Justice View More Recommended Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 11-May-2020 29-May-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #3
    DED 6037 Climate Change Governance View More Recommended Melania Guerra Carrillo(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 03-Feb-2020 21-Feb-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #4
    DED 6022 Sustainable Agriculture View More Recommended Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 04-Nov-2019 22-Nov-2019 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #3
    DED 6038 Water Security and Peace View More Recommended Gabriela Cuadrado-Quesada(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 04-Nov-2019 22-Nov-2019 1:15 PM-4:15 PM Classroom #1
    GPB 6043 Gender, Human Security, and Development View More Optional Cordula Reimann(Germany/Switzerland) View More 3 3 weeks (NOTE: Including one double session, 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on 30 April 2020. Holiday on 1 May 2020) 13-Apr-2020 30-Apr-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #1
    DIL-6127 UN Environmental Diplomacy and Sustainable... View More Optional Narinder Kakar(India) View More 2 2 weeks 13-May-2020 26-May-2020 1:15pm.-4:15pm. Classroom #2
    DED 6042 Research Methods, Water Programme View More Optional Olivia Sylvester(Canada) View More 1 1 week 04-Sep-2019 02-Oct-2019 -
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Resident Faculty

    • Dr. Olivia Sylvester, Assistant Professor, Head of the Department;
    • M.Sc. Jan Breitling (Germany/Costa Rica), Assistant Professor;
    • M.A. Alonso Muñoz (Costa Rica), Assistant Professor & Coordinator, M.A. in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development.

    Visiting Professors

  • 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, IELTS)
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree) Transcripts and Degree Certificate
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    • UPEACE Acknowledgment of Financial Responsibility (click here to download)
    • Copy of Passport (front page with photo only)
    • Passport-size photo

    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, IELTS) - if applicable
    • UPEACE TOEFL Code: 7180
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Degree Certificate (and English translations if applicable)
    • Six (6) 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 admissions@upeace.org. 

    PLEASE WRITE DOWN YOUR APPLICATION ID NUMBER BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION, AS THIS NUMBER IS NOT MADE AVAILABLE TO THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE AND IS DIFFICULT TO RECOVER.

  • Cost & Finalcial Aid

    Scholarships and 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.


    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.
    • 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-October-2019 $8,500 USD $8,500.00
    Total USD $19,500.00

    Administrative Fees are not refundable

  • Student Life

    Student Body

    The University for Peace is characterized by its diversity and multiculturalism. For 2018-2019, we have 174 students from 55 countries (166 women vs. 58 men). 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.). 

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

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  • Career Info

    Career Prospects

    The Master of Arts Degree in Environment, Development and Peace prepares students for a wide range of careers in both environmental and development policy and programming in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

  • Apply

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    The UPEACE application process is 100% online through our application forms. Before you being filling out the application form that pertains to your chosen programme, please make sure to take note of the following:

    • On the first page of your application form, there is a personalized code. Please write it down for future reference; you will need it to sign back in to your application in the case that it cannot be completed all at one time. 
    • In order facilitate the filling out of the online application, please make sure you have reviewed the requirements for your programme's admission and have the documentation on hand before you begin. 
    • Please make sure you select the correct M.A. application form before filling it out. For regular M.A. programmes, please select the option "M.A. Programmes - Apply Here."
    • If you require any assistance in the completion of your application, please contact the Admissions Team immediately; they will gladly assist you.

     

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