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Social Studies

International Peace Studies - MA

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

Program facts

  • Program type
    Master's
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Tuition fees per year
    19,500 USD
  • Language taught in
    English
  • Start date
    August

Program Overview

What the University for Peace says about their program:
"The Master of Arts Degree in International Peace Studies provides an interdisciplinary and critical analysis of the causes and consequences of a wide range of contemporary conflicts and violence that impact on global, international and human security. Topics to be explored include militarization, armed conflicts, violent extremism, economic, social and gender injustices, cultural and religious identity conflicts, and competition over environmental resources. An in-depth understanding of peacebuilding and peace processes in response to these issues is built."

Admissions requirements

The following documentation is required to complete your application process for the UPEACE on-campus M.A. programs.

TOEFL 90 / IELTS 7.0

If students can submit proof of a minimum of 3 year of studies in English instruction they will be exempt of submitting their English proficiency.

Required supporting documents to be uploaded:

  • English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official undergraduate (bachelor's degree) transcripts and degree certificate
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • U PEACE acknowledgment of financial responsibility
  • Copy of passport (front page with photo only)
  • Passport-size photo

Fall (August) Semester - April 15 for students who need a visa.

For students who do not need an entry visa to enter Costa Rica can submit their application up to one day before the start of program.

Fees and funding

UPEACE is a not-for-profit institution and has limited funds for financial assistance. Therefore they strive for balance, diverse class composition, and merit in distributing financial assistance among admitted students.

The prospective applicant has to be admitted to UPEACE in order to receive any possibility of financial assistance from the University.

No scholarships for international students.

30% or 50% Tuition Waiver (Merit Based) - Available to master's applicants. These waivers are offered in limited number and will be awarded by merit, not financial condition.

Signatory Countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Italy, Liberia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Suriname, Togo, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Visa requirements for University for Peace

Many international students will require a visa to study in Costa Rica, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.