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International Peace Studies

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Program facts

  • Tuition fees per year -
  • Total tuition fees -
  • Program type Master's
  • 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."

Program Structure

  • Academic Course Calendar and Professors

    Code Courses Type Professor Credits Weeks Dates Hours Classroom

    IPS 7000 / IPS 7003

    Graduation Project: Thesis (8 credits)…

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    Mandatory

    UPEACE Resident Faculty()

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    8

    -

    08-Jun-2020 31-Dec-2020

    -

    UPM 6003

    The United Nations System and…

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    Mandatory

    Fernando Blasco(Argentina)

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    2

    2 weeks

    14-Oct-2019 25-Oct-2019

    8:45am-11:45am

    Council Room

    PCS-6008

    Research Methodology (I Part)

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    Mandatory

    Uzma Rashid(Pakistan)

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    0

    3 days

    09-Oct-2019 11-Oct-2019

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Council Room

    PCS-6008-

    Research Methodology (III Part)

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    Mandatory

    Uzma Rashid(Pakistan)

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    2

    2 weeks

    02-Mar-2020 13-Mar-2020

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Council Room

    PCS-6008.

    Research Methodology (II Part)

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    Mandatory

    Uzma Rashid(Pakistan)

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    1

    2 days

    21-Nov-2019 22-Nov-2019

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Council Room

    PCS 6013

    Gender and Peacebuilding

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    Mandatory

    Uzma Rashid(Pakistan)

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    3

    3 weeks

    17-Sep-2019 07-Oct-2019

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Council Room

    IPS 6069

    Comparative Peace Processes

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    Mandatory

    Adriana Salcedo(United States)

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    3

    3 weeks

    13-Jan-2020 31-Jan-2020

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Classroom #4

    GPB 6022

    Gender Mainstreaming in Peacekeeping Operations…

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    Mandatory

    Visiting Professor()

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    3

    3 weeks

    03-Feb-2020 21-Feb-2020

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Classroom #3

    PCS 6011

    Tools for Conflict Resolution and…

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    Mandatory

    Balázs Kovács(Hungary)

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    3

    3 weeks

    16-Mar-2020 03-Apr-2020

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Council Room

    PCS 6012

    Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peacebuilding

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    Mandatory

    Heather Kertyzia(Canada)

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    3

    3 weeks

    18-May-2020 05-Jun-2020

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Classroom #3

    UPM 6001

    UPEACE Foundation Course

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    Mandatory

    UPEACE Resident Faculty()

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    Amr Abdalla(Egypt)

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    3

    3 weeks

    26-Aug-2019 13-Sep-2019

    8:45am-11:45am

    Council Room

    IPS 6067

    Introduction to International Peace Studies

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    Mandatory

    Adriana Salcedo(United States)

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    3

    3 weeks

    30-Oct-2019 19-Nov-2019

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Classroom #6

    UPM-6003

    The United Nations System and…

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    Mandatory

    UPEACE Resident Faculty()

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    1

    3 days

    26-Feb-2020 28-Feb-2020

    8:45am-4:15pm.

    Council Room

    DIL-6111

    The Kurds between Past and…

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    Optional

    Mohammed Ihsan(Iraq)

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    2

    2 weeks

    13-Jan-2020 24-Jan-2020

    1:15pm.-4:15pm.

    Classroom #2

    UPE 6064

    Working in Conflict and Post-Conflict…

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    Optional

    UPEACE Resident Faculty()

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    2

    2 weeks

    11-May-2020 15-May-2020

    8:45am-4:15pm.

    Council Room

    IPS 6068

    Religions, Cultures, and Peacebuilding

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    Optional

    Uzma Rashid(Pakistan)

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    3

    3 weeks (NOTE: Including one double session, 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. day TBC. Holiday on 1 May 2020)

    13-Apr-2020 30-Apr-2020

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Classroom #4

    IPS 6057

    Strategic Nonviolent Resistance

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    Optional

    Heather Kertyzia(Canada)

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    3

    3 weeks

    25-Nov-2019 13-Dec-2019

    8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Classroom #3

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.

Postgraduate Tuition - $19,500 per program (1 year programs)

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.

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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.