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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

    Religion, Culture and Peace Studies

    Established by the Dr. ALISSA Fellowship Program, the M.A. in Religion, Culture, and Peace Studies has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in contexts related to peace and conflict studies that are entangled with aspects of religious and cultural traditions. Acknowledging the critical role that religion and culture play in being a motivation for or a factor in the resolution of conflicts, this programme takes an interdisciplinary and dynamic approach to deal with a range of issues, including the theoretical and practical aspects crucial to engage with the study of different traditions, and cultivating nuanced insights in the ways in which the ideal of peace can be furthered through relevant resources belonging to the domains of religion and culture. Multiple traditions from across the world will be explored throughout the year using practical cases and diverse perspectives in tandem with aspects such as race, ethnicity, class, women’s rights, and ability, among others.

    This programme is co-sponsored by the Muslim World League, the Pontifical Lateran University and the World Jewish Congress.

    To view the programme brochure, 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 UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More Amr Abdalla(Egypt/United States) View More 3 3 weeks (Including one double session. Friday 15 September 2023 is a Holiday) 28-Aug-2023 14-Sep-2023 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    RCPS 6000 Perspectives on Religion and Society View More Mandatory Stephanie Knox Steiner(United States) View More 3 3 weeks 20-Sep-2023 10-Oct-2023 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    UPM 6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory Mihir Kanade(India) View More Guest Speakers() View More 2 2 weeks 16-Oct-2023 27-Oct-2023 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    RCPS 6002 Religion, Culture, and Ecology View More Mandatory Matthew John Trew(Canada) View More 3 3 weeks 30-Oct-2023 17-Nov-2023 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    PCS 6011 Tools for Conflict Resolution and... View More Mandatory Balázs Kovács(Hungary) View More 3 3 weeks (Including one double session. Friday 1 December 2023 is a Holiday) 20-Nov-2023 08-Dec-2023 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Council Room
    PCS 6008 Research Methodology View More Mandatory Uzma Rashid(Pakistan) View More 3 3 weeks 08-Jan-2024 26-Jan-2024 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Earth Charter Auditorium
    PEP 6046 Restorative Justice View More Mandatory Erin Dunlevy(United States) View More 3 3 weeks 29-Jan-2024 16-Feb-2024 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Classroom #2
    RCPS 6003 Religion and Diplomacy View More Mandatory David Fernandez Puyana (Spain) View More 1 1 week 19-Feb-2024 01-Mar-2024 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m
    RCPS 6004 Countering Hate Speech View More Mandatory David Fernandez Puyana (Spain) View More 1 1 week 26-Feb-2024 01-Mar-2024 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    RCPS 6005 Ethics and Practices of Interfaith... View More Mandatory Visiting Professor() View More 3 3 weeks 04-Mar-2024 22-Mar-2024 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    RCPS 6001 Religions, Cultures, and Peacebuilding View More Mandatory Uzma Rashid(Pakistan) View More 3 3 weeks 01-Apr-2024 19-Apr-2024 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    PCS 6015 PeaceLab View More Mandatory Kees Wiebering(Netherlands) View More 3 3 weeks (Including one double session. Wednesday 1 May 2024 is a Holiday) 22-Apr-2024 10-May-2024 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Earth Charter Auditorium
    RCPS 6009 Women, Religion, and Culture View More Mandatory Uzma Rashid(Pakistan) View More 3 3 weeks 13-May-2024 31-May-2024 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    RCPS 7000 / 7001 / 7002 Graduation Project: Thesis (8 credits)... View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 8 8 weeks 10-Jun-2024 31-Dec-2024 -
  • Faculty

    Resident 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; TOEIC or TOEFL-ITP are not accepted)
    • 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)
    • Three (3) passport-size photos for ID purposes


    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 & Financial 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 August 2022 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 2023-2024, we have 115 students from 33 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.) The current situation has forced students to become more creative with regards to socialising and ensuring a rich student life at UPEACE.

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

  • Career Info

    The Master of Arts in Religion, Culture, and Peace Studies is being offered at the University for Peace, considering its widely recognized importance, demand, and relevance in the contemporary world. This programme prepares its students for a variety of career opportunities, including but not limited to working in the realm of politics, religious organizations, social work, human resources, human rights organizations, international development, teaching, research, and policy institutes/think tanks.

  • Apply

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    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.