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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 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.

  • Study Plan

    Academic Course Calendar and Professors

    Code Courses Type Professor Credits Weeks Dates Hours Classroom
    PEP 7100 / PEP 7102 Graduation Project: Thesis (8 credits)... View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 8 - 08-Jun-2020 31-Dec-2020 -
    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
    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-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
    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
    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
    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
    PEP 6025 Education in Emergencies: Armed Conflicts,... View More Mandatory Kees Wiebering(Netherlands) View More 3 3 weeks 25-Nov-2019 13-Dec-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #4
    PEP 6043 Human Rights Education View More Mandatory Adriana Salcedo(United States) 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. Classroom #6
    PEP 6046 Restorative Justice View More Mandatory Erin Dunlevy(United States) View More 3 3 weeks 13-Jan-2020 31-Jan-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    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
    PEP 6010 Peace Education: Theory and Practice View More Mandatory Heather Kertyzia(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 30-Oct-2019 19-Nov-2019 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #3
    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
    PEP 6044 Education for Sustainability View More Optional Mirian Vilela(Brazil) View More 3 3 weeks 03-Feb-2020 21-Feb-2020 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #4
    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
    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
    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
  • 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 


  • 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.). 



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  • 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


    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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