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 Adrian Bergmann on August 5, 2013 at 10:20am
Comment by Jason Gladfelter on April 24, 2013 at 4:35pm

University of Denver has a MA in Conflict Resolution. Hope they do, that's where I got mine  :)

Comment by Jack F. Sigman on September 8, 2012 at 11:21pm

St Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL has an outstanding LL.M. program in Intercultural Human Rights

Comment by Laura Mirsky on July 5, 2012 at 4:39pm

Master of Science in Restorative Practices at the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Offering Traditional, Online and Hybrid courses and master of science degrees and certificates.

Restorative practices is a new field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world. IIRP works with licensees and affiliates around the world to make certain restorative practices are presented in a culturally appropriate manner and that programs are affordable and sustainable within the framework of local needs and resources.

Go to to learn more about our programs. Scholarship funds are available.

Comment by Jahan Zeb on June 18, 2012 at 8:51pm

A new Master of Peace and Conflict Studies at Waterloo University Canada

A vibrant, interdisciplinary graduate program

The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) offered under theFaculty of Arts is a new interdisciplinary professional program set to begin in September 2012. It will prepare you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to contribute to nonviolent peace building efforts. Placing a unique focus on the pivotal role that individuals within civil society play, the MPACS program explores the potential of civil society to advance peace through principled advocacy, effective programming, and dynamic engagement with the state and marketplace.

Comment by INCORE on November 18, 2011 at 3:43pm

Seems as if the INCORE, University of Ulster programme, which has been running very successfully since 1987, is not on this list. See MA Peace and Conflict Studies (will be an MSc next year), as well as our new programme MSc Peacebuilding and Human Rights.

Comment by Mattie Ressler on November 18, 2011 at 12:32pm

Columbia also has a great list of Humanitarian/Peacebuilding graduate programs -

Comment by John Windmueller on November 18, 2011 at 11:38am

The University of Baltimore also offers an MA degree in Negotiation and Conflict Management. 

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:

Comment by Grace John kenyi on July 23, 2011 at 3:49am

Actually these  are good information. but am still under graduate doing community studies diploma program.friends may i know from you if there is an opportunity for upgrading.


Comment by Luis Antonio Ordonez on July 21, 2011 at 12:01pm

Thanks a lot Graig. Would you have any suggestions on Masters related to development, international cooperation or public/private partnerships?

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