Guide to MA Program in Peace and Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

Dear Colleagues

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 . 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.


1. The Peacemakers Trust in Canada has complied an excellent list of programs around the world see,

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:

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.


For more information on funding possibilities please consult the Scholarships Guide and/or directly contact the respective academic program.

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







  • The National Centre for Peace And Conflict Studies, at the University of Otago, 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.









  • MA Program in Peace and Development Studies, Linnæus University, Sweden. The one-year program combines conflict analysis and development studies with a practical, methods-oriented approach. Students are taught in a multicultural classroom by experts with extensive practical experience abroad.










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Comment by Aftab Ahmad on October 27, 2015 at 11:53am


University of Peshawar offers M.S and MS. Leading to Phd in Peace and Conflict Studies. The University also offers Certificate course in Peace and Conflict Studies. University of Swabi offers M.A in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies. National University of Modern Languages offer M.A Peace and Conflict Studies. National University of Science and Technology (NUST) offers M.A and Phd in Peace and Conflict Studies. Muslim Youth University offers M.A in Peace and Conflict Studies. National Defense University offers M.A and Phd in Peace and Conflict Studies and last but not the least, Bacha Khan University offers a Certificate program in Peace and Conflict Studies. 

Comment by Meghan M. Sullivan on September 18, 2014 at 11:56am

The Division of Global Affairs of Rutgers University offers an M.S. degree in Global Affairs.

More information can be found on our website:

I would appreciate if this can be added to the list here. Thank you.

Comment by Kristin Bodiford on September 17, 2014 at 11:46am

Dominican University in Chicago has a Masters of Arts in Conflict Resolution that is also building out the program to expand a focus on restorative practices and peacebuilding.

Comment by Peacekeeping Training Programme on April 28, 2014 at 5:51am

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research is offering an online Master's Degree in Conflictology in partnership with the Open University of Catalonia. It could be included in teh list? 

Scholarships are also available.

Comment by Bill Warters on April 11, 2014 at 11:27am

Not sure why Wayne State University's Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution program is not listed here, but it should be. Visit for more information.

Comment by Alana Takacs on October 4, 2013 at 12:32pm

Hi again,

More specifically, here is the link to the new web page for the Conflict program at Antioch

Comment by Alana Takacs on October 4, 2013 at 12:29pm

Hi everyone,

The Conflict program at Antioch University in Ohio (listed above), has a new website. 

Here is the new link:

Comment by Dr. Rachel Julian on August 5, 2013 at 3:07pm

MA Peace and Development is currently open for applications at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. See here to apply.

We have a really strong focus on critical thinking and analysis, and include modules on Project Management and Evaluation. There is a very strong interdisciplinary team teaching and researching many related issues and students can get involved in debates, volunteering and carry out their own research for a dissertation.
Please contact me for more information.
Comment by Devika Mittal on August 5, 2013 at 11:12am

Kulturstudier, a Norweigian Think tank offers a course in peace and conflict studies in India(Pondicherry). It offers many other courses around the world.. visit

I will be attending the peace and conflict studies course, it begins on 26th August. The readings look pretty good.. can comment a lot only after i come back. But it looked like a nice opportunity to people can explore. Also, there is full scholarship for south asian nationals :) 

Comment by Chuck Thiessen on August 5, 2013 at 10:40am

Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS), Coventry University, United Kingdom

MA in Peacebuilding

- The online MA in Peacebuilding is designed to enable mid- and senior-level professionals working in various peacebuilding areas including humanitarian action, post-conflict reconstruction, education, security, social development, law and governance, to acquire an MA qualification in one year.

MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies

The MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies enables students to develop the knowledge and skill base necessary to understand the links between the different levels of destructive conflict in the world. You will study the theory and practice of peacemaking and peacebuilding at the various levels, and evaluate alternative modes of action and intervention in the attempt to transform violent and destructive conflict along nonviolent and constructive channels.

Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills

The Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills aims to provide participants with a clear understanding of the dynamics of conflict, violence and peace and to enable students to acquire a range of practical and analytical skills related to handling conflict at the interpersonal, inter-communal and international levels.

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