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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

    International Peace Studies

    The Master of Arts Degree in International Peace Studies provides an interdisciplinary and critical analysis of the causes and consequences of a wide range of contemporary conflicts and violence that impact on global, international and human security. Topics to be explored include militarization, armed conflicts, violent extremism, economic, social and gender injustices, cultural and religious identity conflicts, and competition over environmental resources. An in-depth understanding of peacebuilding and peace processes in response to these issues is built.  

     

  • Study Plan

    Academic Course Calendar and Professors

    Code Courses Type Professor Credits Weeks Dates Hours Classroom
    PCS 6013 Gender and Peacebuilding View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 3 weeks 17-Sep-2019 07-Oct-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    UPM-6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory Ross Ryan(Canada) View More 1 1 week 26-Feb-2020 28-Feb-2020 8:45am-4:15pm. Council Room
    UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 3 weeks 26-Aug-2019 13-Sep-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    DIL-6111 The Kurds between Past and... View More Optional Mohammed Ihsan(Iraq) View More 2 2 weeks 13-Jan-2020 24-Jan-2020 1:15pm.-4:15pm. Classroom #2
    UPE 6064 Working in Conflict and Post-Conflict... View More Optional UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 2 2 weeks 11-May-2020 15-May-2020 8:45am-4:15pm. Council Room
    PCS-6008- Research Methodology (II Part) View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 2 2 weeks 02-Mar-2020 13-Mar-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    PCS-6008 Research Methodology (I Part) View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 1 3 days 09-Oct-2019 11-Oct-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    PCS 6012 Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peacebuilding View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 3 weeks 18-May-2020 05-Jun-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    PCS 6011 Tools for Conflict Resolution and... View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 3 3 weeks 16-Mar-2020 03-Apr-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    IPS 6067 Introduction to International Peace Studies View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 3 3 weeks 30-Oct-2019 19-Nov-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    IPS 6069 Comparative Peace Processes View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 3 3 weeks 13-Jan-2020 31-Jan-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    IPS 6057 Strategic Nonviolent Resistance View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 3 weeks 03-Feb-2020 21-Feb-2020 -
    IPS 7000 / IPS 7003 Graduation Project: Thesis (8 credits)... View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 8 - 08-Jun-2020 31-Dec-2020 -
    IPS 6068 Religions, Cultures, and Peacebuilding View More Optional UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 3 weeks 25-Nov-2019 13-Dec-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    UPM 6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory Fernando Blasco(Argentina) View More 2 2 weeks 14-Oct-2019 25-Oct-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    IPS 6071 Sustainable Development and Peacebuilding View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 3 3 weeks (NOTE: Including one double session, 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. day TBC. Holiday on 1 May 2020) 15-Apr-2020 05-May-2020 -
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Resident Faculty

    • Dr. Heather Kertyzia (Canada), Head of the Department
    • Dr. Gal Harmat (Israel), Adjunct Professor
    • Dr. Saumava Mitra, Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Dr. Uzma Rashid (Pakistan) Assistant Professor
    • M.A. Ross Ryan (Canada), Instructor
    • M.A. Mirian Vilela (Brazil), Assistant Professor
  • 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

    Graduates of the programme will gain knowledge, capacities, skills and motivation relevant to professional work in international, national and local government or civil society agencies, as well as in organizations in fields related to conflict analysis, resolution and transformation; nonviolence; peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding; local/global justice; and conflict and peace-sensitive policy-making, as well as peace and conflict studies/research. Current IPS Alumni are working as:

    • Community Workers
    • Local Peacebuilders
    • International Humanitarian Workers
    • International Non-Governmental Agency Workers
    • Diplomats
    • Community Relations Specialists
    • Dispute Resolution Advisors
    • Development Workers
    • Lobbyists 
    • Ombudspersons
    • Professors
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    • 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. 
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    • 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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