Guide to Ph.D. Programs in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

Many individuals around the world are interested in doing graduate work in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the MA or Ph.D. level. This guide is focused solely on Ph.D. level programs. If you're interested in MA level programs, please consult the MA guide.

Several colleagues at Eastern Mennonite University, in their Conflict Transformation Program have put together a list of Ph.D. programs related to peace and conflict resolution. Click on Download PeaceandconflictPhdPrograms.doc to download the list in a Word Document or see below. We would like to continue to build this list and thus would welcome suggestions of other Ph.D. programs in the world that have a strong focus on peace and conflict.

(adopted from the list assembled by Eastern Mennonite University)

Please note, the programs are not listed in any order of preference. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to thoroughly research each program before applying. Please feel free to suggest additional programs.

1. George Mason University, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Virginia – Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

2. Nova Southeastern University, Florida - Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

3. University of Denver, Colorado, Ph.D. in International Relations

4. American University, Washington, DC – Ph.D. in International Relations with a Concentration in International Peace and Conflict Resolution

5. Georgetown University, Washington, DC – Ph.D. in Government (can do International Relations Focus)

6. Simon Fraser University, British Columbia (Canada)- Ph.D. in Criminology with Restorative Justice Focus

7. Syracuse University, New York – Ph.D. in Public Administration; Links with Program on Analysis and Resolution of Conflict

8. Arizona State University, Arizona – Ph.D. in Justice Studies

9. University of Bradford, England – Ph.D. in Peace Studies

10. University of New England, Australia – Ph.D. in Peace Studies

11. Notre Dame University, Indiana, US - offers a Ph.D. in peace studies in partnership with Notre Dame’s departments of history, political science, psychology, and sociology.

12. University of Manitoba, Canada - Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies

13. Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppssala University, Sweden - Ph.D. Peace and Conflict Research

14. Fletcher School, Tufts University, Massachusetts, US - Ph.D. offers concentration in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution as well as human security.

15. The National Centre for Peace And Conflict Studies, at the University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand is New Zealand’s first Centre to combine global cross-disciplinary expertise on the issues of development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. It offers postgraduate programs at the Masters and PhD level.

16. Mahidol University, Thailand, Ph.D. Program in Human Rights and Peace Studies - as the only PhD in human rights and peace in Asia, this Programme offers its students the unique opportunity to engage in depth with these two important issues in the world today.

17. Kenessaw State University, Georgia, US, is now offering a Ph.D. in International Conflict Management.

18. Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain, Doctorate of International Studies in Peace, Conflict and Developme...

19. Bar-Ilan University - the Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation Graduate Program (In Hebrew, PhD), Israel.

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Comment by Sahro A. Koshin-Peace Ambassador on December 9, 2012 at 2:30pm

What a great collection! Very useful indeed!

Comment by Aminu Adamu Bello on August 1, 2012 at 10:12am
Wow. I hope one place is mine. Working against next academic session! Thanks a bunch!
Comment by Arif Khalil on December 22, 2011 at 12:16pm

Thanks... great sharing.

Comment by Travis Warrington on August 3, 2011 at 11:48am

To compliment Craig's list, please look into The Heller School's MA program in Coexistence & Conflict's website that lists many more PhD programs (this page will be available shortly but please stay tuned

Comment by Egwuatu U ONYEJELEM on July 27, 2011 at 1:33am

Kindly add the following to MA and PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies Programmes on the PCDN database:

The University of Ibadan, Nigeria, offers MA, MPhil and PhD programmes in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Institute of African Studies of the university:,,


Please not that the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS) is a completely different centre dedicated to the professional master’s degree course in refugee and humanitarian studies while the MA and PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies are academic programmes resident in the Institute of African Studies of the university


Again, related undergraduate and graduate programmes are also run in a number of the well over 120 public, private and mission universities across the country, to which anyone can gain access by using the search engine, and I can tell you that academic research in Nigeria is very robust.

Comment by mike hayes on July 21, 2011 at 2:54am

For the Mahidol program, the new web page address is:

Or you easy find it by googling the title


Comment by Bhanu Parajuli on July 21, 2011 at 12:10am

Thanks for the valuable information.



Comment by Kristina Poghosyan on July 20, 2011 at 1:58pm

Thanks a lot for information.

Here is one more PhD Programme: Conflict Studies and Management Programme (CSMP) at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt

Comment by peace on July 20, 2011 at 11:05am

Hi Craig

Will you please add the following in this network about the institution offering Ph.D. Program?

Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace

Payap University, Chiang Mai




Comment by Tim Hicks on July 20, 2011 at 11:03am

Add also the University of Oregon's Master's degree in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. Full information at Cohort model with maximum 28 students per year. Located amidst the beauty of central Oregon and the Willamette River Valley, an hour from the coast, an hour from the mountains, an hour to the high desert country, an hour and a half to Portland, and on the road to a more collaborative future.

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