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 Mongwe Ekoule Nseke on February 3, 2015 at 11:46am

Hi. Please I'd appreciate advice on PhD programs on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, in China. Thanks

Comment by Meghan M. Sullivan on September 18, 2014 at 11:59am

Rutgers University, Division of Global Affairs offers a Ph.D. in Global Affairs.

Please visit our website:

I would appreciate if this can be added to the list.  On our website we have our faculty, courses and research posted for prospective applicants.

Comment by Sean M. Warner on September 17, 2014 at 10:53am

Walden University's distance learning Ph.D program in Public Policy and Administration has a Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace concentration.

Comment by Wendy Kincade on February 26, 2014 at 12:40am

Trinity College Dublin School of Ecumenics has Phd programs in international peace and in conflict resolution.

Comment by Nacho Martín Galán on November 24, 2013 at 8:24am
Good morning, I would like to add to the List the PhD program on Peace, Conflicts and Development at Jaume I University in Spain
The tuition is 300 euros a year and then
The taxes of the defense. It is still so affordable in Spain, so is a good option
And is one of the most recognized programs in Spain
Managed by the Unesco Chair of Philosophy for Peace
Comment by Frida Yohannes on September 16, 2013 at 8:08pm
Hello Craig, great list but some doctoral degrees are so expensive to get! Do you have any titips on which univetsities are more likely to provide funding?
Comment by Landon Hancock on June 13, 2013 at 9:38am

Hi Craig,

Here at Kent State this fall will be the first year we offer a track focused on Conflict Analysis and Management in our Political Science MA and PhD programs. The best of both worlds. While our cohort for fall 2013 is set, applications for 2014 can be filed late fall. For more information go here.

Comment by Nahum Laufer on June 13, 2013 at 5:03am

Thanks Craiig

I have used this list & other info from your site to send a message about our film "One Day After Peace" over 40 Universities/Colleges/Institutions have purchased this film for their libraries, All have Peace Studies/ conflict resolution programs, most of them have Graduate Ma/PhD courses.

of the list above only 3 have our film

Otego University-New Zealand,University of New England-Australia , Kennessaw University -Georgia.

List of universities that have  "One Day After Peace"

DePaul (Chicago), Ithaca (NY), Marquette(WI), Las-Vegas (NV),  St.Nichols College (MA), North Carolina-Chapell Hill (NC), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Jerusalem (Israel),  Otago (New-Zealand), Brandon (Canada) York (Canada), Utrecht (The  Netherlands) Wellesley College (MA), Kennesaw (GA), Austin Comunity College (TX),  Ithaca College (Ny), Eastern Washington (WA), School for Peace (Cambodia), FAU Florida Atlantic (Fl), School for Jain Studies (India), Dickinson (Pa),  Seattle Pacific (Wa), Nansen Center Institute (Norway), Chapman (CA), Iowa(IA), Bingham Young (UT), New England-Sydney (Australia). Portland(OR), Trinity College (Belfast- N.Ireland), ZEF (Bonn- Germany, Pan-American (Tx), Michigan-East Lansing (Mi), Union Prebysterian (Va), Sacro Coure- Milan (Italy), Baltimore (Md), Norway Life Sciences @ As (Norway), SOAS- School for Oriental-African Studies London(UK).

alll are universities  except those that are colleges/schools

 I believe the film helps in understanding "Peace"

Nahum Laufer

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Comment by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra on June 12, 2013 at 11:53pm

To the above list can be added University of Massachusetts Boston PhD program in Global Governance and Human Security with a concentration on Conflict Resolution.


Comment by ronald nare on January 17, 2013 at 6:36am

Thank for the list Craig

I have noted that the Atlanta International University has a flexible PHD programme ("distance") which sounds great, but l do know very little about the university. Would anyone volunteer more information about the credibility and strength of that university...



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