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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

    Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development

    The Master of Arts Degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED) emphasizes economic and management perspectives of peace while focusing on the concepts of sustainability and responsibility. Its creation was based on the belief that to better contribute to the promotion of sustainable peace, it is imperative to explore what role the economy plays in the world today and its impact on our environment and societies’ wellbeing. Issues of rural and urban poverty, growing inequalities and disparities, environmental degradation, financial crises and globalization are challenging political economic stability and social cohesion in all societies. Modern society faces the growing challenge of sustainability; finding solutions that will maintain and protect social systems for future generations. Students from the RMSED programme will become responsible managers with strong emphasis on sustainability that will be able to work in the corporate sector, public sector or social sector, both in industrialized and developing countries.

    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
    RMSED 6040 Review of Economic Theories and... View More Mandatory Alonso Muñoz(Costa Rica) View More 3 2 weeks (double sessions) 26-Oct-2020 06-Nov-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #4
    RMSED 6047 Development Studies and International Cooperation View More Mandatory Kifah Sasa Marin(Costa Rica / Jordan ) View More 3 3 weeks (doble session Tuesday 1st Dec, 2020 09-Nov-2020 27-Nov-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #2
    RMSED 6045 Circular Economy, a regenerative System View More Mandatory Alonso Muñoz(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 30-Nov-2020 18-Dec-2020 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #1
    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
    RMSED 6049 Research Methods View More Mandatory Koen Voorend (The Netherlands) View More 3 3 weeks 11-Jan-2021 29-Jan-2021 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #5
    RMSED 6044 Leading in Times of Change:... View More Mandatory Mohit Mukherjee(India) View More 1 1 weeks 01-Feb-2021 05-Feb-2021 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #4
    RMSED 6048 Transition to a Low Carbon... View More Mandatory David Wheleer(British/Canadian) View More 2 2 weeks 08-Feb-2021 19-Feb-2021 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #6
    UPM-6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 1 3 days 24-Feb-2021 26-Feb-2021 -
    RMSED 6043 Introduction to Responsible Management View More Mandatory Andre Nijhof(Netherlands) View More Marjolein Baghuis(Netherlands) View More 3 3 weeks 03-Mar-2021 23-Mar-2021 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #5
    RMSED 6010 Social Responsibility View More Mandatory Nika Salvetti(Italy) View More 3 3 weeks 05-Apr-2021 23-Apr-2021 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #3
    GPB 6043 Gender, Human Security, and Development View More Recommended Cordula Reimann(Germany/Switzerland) View More 3 3 weeks 26-Apr-2021 14-May-2021 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    DED 6043 Urban Sustainability View More Recommended TBA .() View More 3 3 weeks 26-Apr-2021 14-May-2021 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #3
    RMSED 6041 Social Entrepreneurship View More Mandatory Alonso Muñoz(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 20-May-2021 09-Jun-2021 8:45 AM-11:45 AM Classroom #1
  • 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

    The Master of Arts Degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development is not a degree in business or economics, but one that incorporates and goes beyond both. The degree offers alternative methods of managing the ever-evolving political, economic and social problems faced by many societies. We will challenge you to analyse, debate and find creative solutions for building a better world.

  • 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.