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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

    Peace Education

    The Master of Arts Degree in Peace Education (PE) seeks to develop and strengthen the capacity of formal and informal educators to build a peaceful world on all levels and in all dimensions of life. Through coursework and independent research or internship experiences, complemented with a unique and cooperative learning environment at UPEACE, students will enhance their values formation, knowledge and skills for living in and building cultures of peace. An understanding of the roles education, educators and institutions can play in resolving and transforming conflicts and violence towards holistic cultures of peace is explored.

    To view the full prospectus for this programme, click 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 Resident and Visiting Professors() View More 3 3 weeks 05-Oct-2020 23-Oct-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    PCS 6013 Gender and Peacebuilding View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 3 weeks 26-Oct-2020 13-Nov-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    PEP 6010 Peace Education: Theory and Practice View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 3 weeks 16-Nov-2020 04-Dec-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #3
    PCS-6008 Research Methodology (I Part) View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 1 5 Sessions 16-Nov-2020 04-Dec-2020 1:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
    IPS 6057 Strategic Nonviolent Resistance View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 15 sessions (Including 5 double sessions) 07-Dec-2020 18-Dec-2020 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Classroom #3
    PEP 6046 Restorative Justice View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 3 3 weeks 11-Jan-2021 29-Jan-2021 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #2
    UPM 6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 2 10 sessions 11-Jan-2021 09-Jun-2021 - Council Room
    PEP 6044 Education for Sustainability View More Optional UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 3 weeks 01-Feb-2021 19-Feb-2021 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #4
    UPM-6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 1 3 days 24-Feb-2021 26-Feb-2021 -
    PCS-6008. Research Methodology (II Part) View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 2 2 weeks 01-Mar-2021 12-Mar-2021 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    UPE 6075 Introduction to Humanitarian Work View More Optional Resident and Visiting Professors() View More 2 2 weeks 15-Mar-2021 26-Mar-2021 -
    PCS 6011 Tools for Conflict Resolution and... View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 3 3 weeks 05-Apr-2021 23-Apr-2021 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    PEP 6025 Education in Emergencies: Armed Conflicts,... View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 3 3 weeks 26-Apr-2021 14-Apr-2021 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    PCS 6012 Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peacebuilding View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 3 3 weeks 20-May-2021 09-Jun-2021 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    PEP 7100 / PEP 7102 Graduation Project: Thesis (8 credits)... View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 8 - 14-Jun-2021 31-Dec-2021 -
  • Faculty

    Resident Faculty



    Visiting Faculty 2020-2021

    Click the image below to see a list of this year's Visiting Faculty.

  • 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
    • 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)
    • 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 & Finalcial 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 October 2020 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 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.

  • Career Info

    Career Prospects

    Graduates of the programme will be sensitive to peace-oriented values and principles and empowered with a critical understanding and knowledge of the root causes of diverse conflicts as well as nonviolent strategies for transforming these conflicts toward a peaceful world. They will also be able to share creative curriculum and pedagogical skills in peace education in formal contexts (e.g., schools, universities, departments or ministries of education) and equally in non-formal and community contexts (e.g., intergovernmental or state agencies, private sector, NGOs, and CSOs). Graduates will be able to consult on educational practices or engage in educational research. Current PE Alumni are working as:

    • Peace Education Trainers
    • Teachers
    • Principals
    • Education Consultants
    • Educators/ Education Coordinators in Aid/Refugee situations
    • Curriculum Designers
    • Workshop Facilitators
    • Community Workers
    • Local Peacebuilders
    • Professors
    • International NGO Workers
    • Restorative Justice Facilitators
    • Local NGO Workers
  • Apply

    Ready to join us?

    The UPEACE application process is conducted 100% online through our application forms. Check out our TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION below and feel free to contact the Admissions Team at any time during the application process for assistance, including the retrieval of your Application ID.