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 for MA level programs. For Ph.D. programs see the resource guide There are several excellent existing guides to finding programs listed below (Please note that no guide provides complete up-to-date information on all programs, thus please feel free to suggest additional programs and also do your own research).
Before looking through the guides, readers are strongly encouraged to read carefully through the free report Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (2010. by Nike Carstarphen, Craig Zelizer, Robert Harris and David J. Smith. Special Report 246. United States Institute of Peace:Washington, DC
which is accessible at http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blogs/new-rep... . The report provides a critical review of the opportunities and challenges in graduate programs and should be useful reading for students, faculty, employers and those considering starting programs.
RELEVANT GUIDES TO GRADUATE LEVEL PROGRAMS
1. The Peacemakers Trust in Canada has complied an excellent list of programs around the world see, http://www.peacemakers.ca/education/educationlinks.html
2. Dr. Brian Polkinghorn at Salisbury State University, has compiled an excellent guide to Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies and Alternative Dispute Resolution around the World.
3.The Peace and Justice Studies Association publishes a guide to peace and conflict related programs at all levels.
4.CR Info has an online guide to higher education programs related to Conflict issues.
5.Eastern Mennonite University has also put together a useful guide to MA level programs related to Peace and Conflict Studies.
6. (Thanks to Dr. John Windmueller for this resource) As part of the work done by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) task force on standards in graduate conflict resolution education, we created a large database of approximately 150 conflict resolution-related programs and degrees. Here's a link to the database: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnL0i2flgrpNdC1aazJDM1...
7. Wikipedia has an entry that provides an overview of the field of Peace and Conflict Studies and key research institutes.
Idealist, one of the leading nonprofit career sites has recently developed the Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center. This is a terrific site that has key information for individuals seeking to pursue graduate programs related to social change. The resources includes tips for how to select a program, how to write an effective application, application procedures, identifying funding and more.
SCHOLARSHIPS/FUNDING FOR MA PROGRAMS
For more information on funding possibilities please consult the Scholarships Guide and/or directly contact the respective academic program.
KEY MA PROGRAMS IN PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Regarding MA programs in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields see some of the key programs below. Feel free to suggest additional programs and you're encouraged to consult the resource guides listed above.
In Washington, DC area there are the following MA level programs:
Other regions in the US
Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo.
EUROPEAN NETWORK PROGRAMS
Maestría en Políticas para la Prevención de la Violencia Juvenil en Cultura de Paz - Universidad Don Bosco