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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

    Media and Peace

    The Masters of Arts Degree in Media and Peace is for students interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of what role media can and does play in peace and conflict issues of our times. Current or would-be practitioners interested in gaining useful and deep knowledge in media best practices in mitigating conflict and promoting peace will also benefit from this course. In this programme, the students gain a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of relevant research, and evidence-based best practices, related to how media can (but often does not) contribute to peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Students will acquire expertise in critical analysis of media’s role in peace and conflict, as well as in impactful application of media for peacebuilding and humanitarian purposes. The aim of the program is to train students to be insightful researchers, effective policymakers and reflexive communicators, who can make a positive impact in the global humanitarian field. The course will set students on the path to pursuing research-focused, and policy or practice-oriented careers focusing on media’s role in peace and conflict.

    See the Prospectus here.

  • Study Plan

    Academic Course Calendar and Professors

    Code Courses Type Professor Credits Weeks Dates Hours Classroom
    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
    PCS 6013 Gender and Peacebuilding View More Mandatory Uzma Rashid(Pakistan) View More 3 3 weeks 17-Sep-2019 07-Oct-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #3
    PCS-6008 Research Methodology (I Part) View More Mandatory Uzma Rashid(Pakistan) View More 0 3 days 09-Oct-2019 11-Oct-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    UPM 6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory José Riera-Cézanne(United States) View More Robert Serry(Netherlands) View More Guest Speakers() View More 2 2 weeks 14-Oct-2019 25-Oct-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    MP 6000 Introduction to Media and Peace View More Mandatory Mathias (Matt) Mogekwu(United States) View More 3 3 weeks 30-Oct-2019 19-Nov-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #2
    PCS-6008. Research Methodology (II Part) View More Mandatory Uzma Rashid(Pakistan) View More 1 2 days 21-Nov-2019 22-Nov-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    IPS 6057 Strategic Nonviolent Resistance View More Optional Heather Kertyzia(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 25-Nov-2019 13-Dec-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #3
    GPB 6044 Gendered Representations View More Optional Heather Kertyzia(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 13-Jan-2020 31-Jan-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #6
    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 #1
    MP 6001 Global Structures and Cultures, Media... View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 3 2 weeks 03-Feb-2020 14-Feb-2020 8:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Classroom #5
    UPE 6073 Religious Peacebuilding and the Ecological... View More Optional Lesya Sabada() View More 1 1 week 10-Feb-2020 14-Feb-2020 1:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
    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
    PCS-6008- Research Methodology (III Part) View More Mandatory Uzma Rashid(Pakistan) View More 2 2 weeks 02-Mar-2020 13-Mar-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    PCS 6011 Tools for Conflict Resolution and... View More Mandatory Balázs Kovács(Hungary) View More 3 3 weeks 16-Mar-2020 03-Apr-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    DIL-6128 Freedom of Expression in the... View More Mandatory Mariateresa Garrido Villareal(Venezuela) 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) 13-Apr-2020 30-Apr-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    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 - Classroom #3
    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
    PCS 6012 Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peacebuilding View More Mandatory Heather Kertyzia(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 18-May-2020 05-Jun-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #3
    MP 7000/MP 7001 Graduation Project: Thesis (8 credits)... View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 8 - 08-Jun-2020 31-Dec-2020 -
  • Faculty


    Resident Faculty

    • Dr. Heather Kertyzia (Canada), Head of the Department and Coordinator, Peace Education Programme
    • Dr. Gal Harmat (Israel), Adjunct Professor
    • Dr. Uzma Rashid (Pakistan) Coordinator, Gender and Peacebuilding Programme and Assistant Professor
    • Dr. Adriana Salcedo (Ecuador/United States), Coordinator, International Peace Studies Programme and Assistant Professor
    • M.A. Mirian Vilela (Brazil), Director, Earth Charter International and Assistant Professor

    Visiting Professors 2019-2020

    • Amr Abdalla (Egypt)
    • Erin Dunlevy (United States)
    • Kees Wiebering (Netherlands)
  • 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 


  • Cost & Finalcial 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.
    • 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 Life

    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!

    Student Body

    The University for Peace is characterized by its diversity and multiculturalism. For 2019-2020, we have 124 students from 32 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.). 

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

    Join us, your future is waiting for you!

  • Career Info

    Career Prospects

    Graduates of the Media and Peace programme will gain knowledge, capacities, skills and motivation relevant to professional work in international, national and local government, civil society agencies and organizations, private businesses, and/or academic and research institutions, especially as they relate to conflict analysis/resolution and peacebuilding. Specific skills include research and media analysis, media literacy, policy analysis and formulation, and the evaluation and creation of media campaigns.   

  • Apply


    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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