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Academic Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies

Updated September 2001

Inclusion or non-inclusion of any programme or course does not imply any judgement on the part of INCORE as regards quality. The list simply provides an overview of what is on offer within the area outlined above. Users should find out for themselves whether any academic programmes is likely to live to their requirements as regards quality, style, approach, etc. Contents

Academic Programs Within the UK & Ireland

University of Bradford
Based in West Yorkshire, England, the Department of Peace Studies offers a undergraduate BA in Peace Studies and a Masters and Post-graduate Diploma in Peace Studies, International Politics, and Security Studies.

INCORE: University of Ulster
Information about the research and MPhil/DPhil opportunities at INCORE.

Kings College London
The Department of WarStudies offers a range of courses at undergraduate and Masters level. There are also opportunites for MPhil and PhD research.

School of Oriental and African Studies
Information about the one-year MSc, Violence, Conflict and Development. This new programme responds to the increasing significance of various types of conflict in developing countries, including civil wars and complex humanitarian emergencies. The programme responds also to the increasing awareness among international agencies and development practitioners of the many forms of violence, linked for example to household relationships or organised crime, in developing countries. International agencies and NGOs increasingly need experts in these fields.

Irish School of Ecumenics
The Irish School of Ecumenics is an international academic institution based in Dublin. Christian in its inspiration and ethos, it exists to promote through research, teaching and extra-mural activities the unity of Christians, dialogue between religions and the work for peace and justice in Ireland and abroad.

Richardson Institute for Peace Research
Based in Lancaster, UK, this institute offers an undergraduate degree in Peace Studies and International Relations, taught Masters degrees, and MPhil/PhD opportunites for Research.

University of Wales at Aberystwyth
The University of Wales offers undergraduate courses, taught Masters and research degrees, including PhD's in its International Politics department at Aberystwyth. The site contains a host of further information on the department.

University of Kent
Based at Kent, UK, the Graduate School of Politics and International Relations offers undergraduate courses and MAs in International Relations and International Conflict Analysis. The School also offers MPhil and PhD opportunities.

University of Limerick: Centre for Peace and Development Studies
The centre offers an MA in Peace and Development Studies, a one year programme designed for those seeking careers in government agencies, aid organisations, NGOs, community renewal and development, media, research. Information available on-line regarding the modules covered in each semester.

University of Sussex: International Relations and Politics
The University of Sussex offers information on its courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. MAs offered included Contemporary Warfare and Society and Foundations of World Politics.

University of Ulster, Magee College
Based in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the History, Philosophy and Politics division of the faculty of humanities offers a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, a Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Peace Studies, and a D.Phil. in Research.

The London School of Economics and Political Science
The LSE's Department of International Relations offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate opportunites.

University of York: Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit
This unit offers a unique Graduate degree in Post-war Recovery Studies. The web page also contains the full text newsletter of the Unit with relevant reports and other information.

University of Birmingham: Department of Politics and International Studies
The department offers a variety of modules for its MA program and opportunities for PhD research.

Coventry University: Centre for Study of Forgiveness and Reconciliation
The Centre offers an MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Reconciliation Studies. They also offer information on research with the department.


Academic Programs Within Continental Europe

European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU)
The EPU is based in Stadtschlaining, a small town situated about 120 km south of Vienna, and 100 km north of Graz in Austria. It offers an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies.The EPU also offers a one semester program that focuses on the analysis of conflicts, their underlying causes and their actual evolution, as well as examining issues of peace building, international co-operation and development.

Free University of Brussels
There is a Centre for Peace and Security Studies, situated within the university. It offers opportunites up to PhD level study.
Landegg International University
Landegg International University offer an MA in Conflict Resolution.

Peace and Conflict Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies, Institute of Sociology, University of Muenster, Germany. This Website provides the full text of papers in German and some in English and other languages.
University of Tromso.
The Faculty of Social Science at the University of Tromso in Norway is offering a Postgraduate programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation starting in August 2002.
For information contact Ingrid Kvalvik ingridk@peace.uit.no
Uppsala University
The department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala, Sweden has a programme in peace and conflict studies, undergraduate courses and a full PhD programme.

Academic Programs Within North America

American University: International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program
The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) of the American University is a multi-disciplinary program in the School of International Service designed for students and faculty concerned with the causes of war and the conditions for peace. The program is designed to integrate theory, research and practice and offers options for study at Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate level. Graduate and undergraduate application materials are available online, as are course descriptions.

The Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies
The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies is based at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. The Institute offers a Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program and is one of a select few academic institutions where students can pursue a full major in the field. The program has an interdisciplinary focus with supporting courses taught in nine departments: Anthropology, Biology, Communications, Geology, History, Psychology, Political Science, Religion, and World Languages and Cultures.

Chapman University
At the Wilkinson College of Letters and Sciences, California, US, the Department of Peace Studies offers a BA and a Minor in Peace Studies.

Colgate University
The Peace Studies Program, in New York, US offers a BA undergraduate degree in Peace Studies. The web page lists all courses available.

Columbia University
The School of International and Public Affairs, New York, US offers a Masters in International Affairs with a Concentration in International Security Policy. The Political Science Department offers a PhD program in Security Studies.

Conrad Grebel College: Peace and Conflict Studies
This page offers information on the undergraduate degree option through Peace and Conflict Studies. It also provides course listings and faculty information online.

Cornell University, Peace Studies Program
Based in New York, US this page offers information on the Peace Studies program. Graduate students in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in all fields of study can pursue a minor in Peace Studies and Peace Science.

Earlham College: Peace and Global Studies (PAGS)
This page offers information on the PAGS program, for those who intend to major in PAGS, as well as for those interested in interdepartmental work.

Eastern Mennonite University
Based in Virginia, US, they offer a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation and a Graduate Certificate program.

Fresno Pacific University
The Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno, California, offers graduate education in conflict management and peacemaking leading to the MA degree or graduate certificate. They also offer intervention and consulting services.

George Mason University
The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Virginia, US, (ICAR) offers Ph.D. and Masters of Science degrees in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Georgetown University
Based in Washington, DC, US, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service offers an MA in National Security Studies.

The Kennedy School of Government
Located at Harvard University, Massachusetts, US, the School provides a number of programs relating to conflict and conflict resolution.

Loyola University of Chicago
Located in Illinois, US, the Peace Studies Program offers an Undergraduate Major and Minor program http://www.luc.edu/depts/peace_st/

McMaster University: Minor in Peace Studies
The Center for Peace Studies at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, offers information on the courses offered at undergraduate minor level.

Menno Simons College
Menno Simons College is an affiliated college with the University of Winnepeg, Canada, offering Bachelor degrees in International Development Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies.

The Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
MIIS is a private, independent graduate institution offering a number of different masters degrees in international policy studies. The Institute also offers a Certificate in Conflict Resolution with concentrations in human security, nonproliferation, environment, and trade issues.

Portland State Univeristy: Conflict Resolution Program
This interdisciplinary program is housed in the Philosophy Department at Portland State University, located in Portland, Oregon. The program offers an MA or MS in Conflict Resolution. The program's current areas of emphasis are: violence prevention, mediation, negotiation, facilitation, restorative justice, nonviolent social change, international conflict resolution, dispute systems design and evaluation.

Royal Roads University
RRU, in Victoria BC, Canada, offers an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management. The site offers information on admissions, curriculum, and program structure. There is also an online application form.

San Diego State University
Located in San Diego, California, the International Security and Conflict Resolution Program offers an undergraduate major in International Security and Conflict Resolution.

South West Missouri State University
Based in Missouri, US, the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies offers "graduate level academic training" and a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic Studies.

Sullivan University
Sullivan University is located in Louisville, Kentucky and offers a graduate program in Dispute Resolution at M.Sc. and Certificate levels.
Syracuse University
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, New York, US also offers a graduate program in International Relations degree under the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts.

University of California, Berkeley
The Institute of International Studies has several major research programs, and provides support to Berkeley faculty and fellowships to Berkeley graduate students. Its public outreach programs include lectures, forums, conferences, interviews, and the Connecting Students to the World program.

University of California at Irvine
Based in California, US, the Program on Global Peace and Conflict Studies offers an undergraduate minor and graduate fellowships in Global Peace and Conflict Studies.

University of Colorado at Boulder
The Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Colorado - Boulder, US, offers a Peace and Conflict Studies undergraduate certificate program.

University of Toronto: Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Based in Toronto, Canada, the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies offers an Undergraduate Specialist and Major program.


University of Denver
Univeristy of Denver offers an MA in Conflict Resolution, and provides online information regarding the curriculum, courses, and admissions procedures.

University of Missouri
Located in Columbia, Missouri, US, the university offers a degree in Peace Studies through the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

University Center for International Studies, (UCIS)
Based at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this center seeks to develop the international focus of the university. They have particular strength in two programmatic themes: Democracy and Human Rights and Globalism, Regionalism, and the American South.

University of North Carolina: Curriculum of Peace, War, and Defence
Based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a BA and Minor.

University of Notre Dame
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame offers undergraduate and masters programs in Peace Studies.

Wayne State University
Based in Detroit, Michigan, US, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies offers a number of clurses including a focus on peace and conflict and dispute resolution.


Academic Programs Within Australia

University of South Australia: Masters in Conflict Management The Master of Conflict Management is located at the Magill campus of the University of South Australia.

University of Sydney: Master of Arts in Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution
The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney encourages dialogue about peace with justice in all its teaching. The Centre offers a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Murdoch University, Perth: School of Politics and International Studies
The School of Politics and International Studies at Murdoch University offers both undergraduate majors in Politics and International Studies and Public Policy and Management and opportunites for postgraduate study.


Academic Programs Within Latin America

Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (Argentina)
Maestría Interdisciplinaria en Administración Y Resolución de Conflictos Para La Formación de Negociadores Y Mediadores. (In Spanish Only).

Universidad del Salvador (Argentina)
The university offers a Masters in international Relations with a particular focus on international peace and conflict resolution. The page is available in both English and Spanish.

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
Postgraduate Specialization in Conflict Resolution.

Universidad del Valle (Colombia)
Vicerrectoría de Extensión, Especialización en la Conciliación y Resolución de Conflictos. (In Spanish Only).


Academic Programs in Africa

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Based at the Institute of African Studies, Univeristy of Ibadan in Nigeria, this centre proposes to offer an MA programme and other courses. Further details of the Centre are available at present on the INCORE website.

Academic Programs in Japan

  • Graduate University for Advanced Studies: the National Museum of Ethnology
    The Graduate University for Advanced Studies which was established by 14 inter-university research institutions, has four schools for postgraduate doctoral education. One of these schools, the School of Cultural and Social Studies, has two departments (Regional Studies and Comparative Studies) which are run by the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. The departments offer supervision for students who wish to research in ethnic conflict, ethnic minority problems and nationalism issues especially from an anthropological perspective.

  • Hiroshima City University: The Faculty of International Studies
    The Faculty holds International Politics Course for undergraduate students. As one of the main subjects of the course, Peace Studies is coordinated by academic staffs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute, which is associated with the University. Peace Studies includes contemporary violent conflicts, conflict resolution, causes of war, methods of peace building, militant violence toward women, war and war crime, conflict prevention studies, human rights and ethnic/national discrimination, international conflicts after the Cold War and the role of civil society.  

  • Hiroshima Shudo University: Department of International Politics
    The Department of International Politics at Hiroshima Shudo University runs a “Peace Studies and Area Studies Course” as part of its undergraduate programme. The course includes peace building, human security, and peace movement studies. In the Graduate School, the Department offers MA in International Politics. The Peace Studies Course of the MA programme includes theories of peace studies, security issues, international human right, peace education and case studies of peace.

  • Hiroshima University: The Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation
    Located at Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan, the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC) is designed to educate highly competent professionals capable of coping with, and contributing to solutions towards the many problems faced by developing countries. IDEC has a division of “Socio-Political Dynamics Studies” whose curriculum includes Peace Studies, International Conflict Studies and International Security and Diplomacy. IDEC offers Master and Doctoral programmes. 

  • Hitotsubashi University: The Institute for the Study of Global Issues (ISGI)
    As a graduate level institute in Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, ISGI offers MA and Ph.D Programs. ISGI especially focuses on conflicts between ethnic groups and civilizations, and endemic poverty by organising lectures such a Peace Studies, War and Society, Conflicts in Global Society, and Ideas and Ideals of Peace and Ethnicity Studies. Some subjects are given by staff from external institutions: the United Nations University, Japan Institute for International Affairs and the Mitsubishi Research Institute which are in partnerships with ISGI.

  • Hosei University
    The Hosei University runs lectures in military and peace studies, ethnicity issues, and psychology of peace studies at the Department of Politics, the Faculty of Law. At the Faculty of Intercultural Communication, there are lectures in nation-state and ethnicity, conflict and ethnicity, peace studies and intercultural communication. Both faculties offer BA degree programmes. The Hosei Graduate School of Social Sciences offers Master and Doctoral degrees in these related subjects. Also, the University has been holding open public lectures called the “Hosei Peace College” since 1983. 

  • International Christian University (ICU): Rotary Peace Center
    The Center was established by the International Christian University in Tokyo with the cooperation of Rotary International in the U.S. It is one of seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution around the world. The Center accepts 10 scholars to study for a Masters degree in peace studies, focusing on international conflict resolution. They will enrol at ICU in one of the three divisions of the Graduate School: the Divisions of Education, Public Administration or Comparative Culture.

  • Meiji Gakuin University
    The Faculty of International Studies at the Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo engages in the interdisciplinary study of various cultures and the many global issues that transcend national boundaries. It offers master and doctoral degree programmes. The Faculty staff expertise in Peace Studies, International Politics, International Organisation Studies, and Ethnicity and Minority Issues. The Faculty has affiliation with two institutes at the University: The Institute for International Studies Meiguku and International Peace Research Institute Meigaku.

  • National Defense Academy in Japan: Department of International Relations
    Based in Kanagawa, National Defense Academy in Japan (NDA) was originally designed for cadets, who serve as the core of Japanese Self-Defense Forces, but also accepts overseas students. The Department of International Relations offers undergraduate course which is taught by staff who expertise in Conflict Resolution, Arms Control, Security Issues, International Law and United Nation & Peace Keeping Operation. NDA’s Graduate School of Comprehensive Security Studies offers a Master degree course which is set up to deepen understanding of the above subjects.

  • Ritsumeikan University
    The College of International Relations at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto offers BA, MA and Ph.D. programmes. The College consists of four courses including the "International Order & Peace course". Curriculum subjects in this course include Peace Studies, International Cooperation, Ethnicity and Nationalism, International Human Rights Law and United Nations Studies. The College has close ties with the Institute of International Relations and Area Studies and the Kyoto Museum for World Peace which are also part of the Ritsumeikan University.

  • Soka University: Soka University Peace Research Institute (SUPRI)
    Soka University, Tokyo, emphasises on Peace Education for undergraduate students and promotes Peace Studies through one of the University’s institutes, the Soka University Peace Research Institute (SUPRI), which undertakes peace education and research. Lectures held by the Institute include Introduction of Peace Studies, Philosophies of Peace, Conflict Resolution, and Peace and Human Rights. SUPRI regularly invites leading experts to talk at Peace Studies seminars, lectures and symposiums and organise studies tours for students.

  • Sophia University
    Sophia University, Tokyo holds Minor (sub-Department) in International Relations, under the Faculty of Foreign Studies for undergraduates which runs lectures called Peace Research consisting of causes of war, conflict resolution, preventive diplomacy and peacekeeping, positive measures of peace, religions and violence/peace, and peace movements. Graduate Division of Foreign Studies offers graduate Master and Doctoral degrees in the related subjects. Also in Faculty of Law, there are lectures on ius in bello and post international conflict law.

  • Tokyo University of Foreign Studies: The Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies
    The Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies will launch a new Master program called "Peace and Conflict Studies" from April 2004. This program will be conducted in English. The program will include lectures in religious conflict and ethnicity, world peace and religion, peace-building, peace and justice, international security studies, international organization, international relations and the nation state system, regional conflict, post-nationalism and civic ties, peace process in Northern Ireland, the election systems in Multi-ethnic societies, etc.

  • Waseda University: The Open Education Center (Theme Collage “Peace Studies”)
    Founded as an inter-departmental organization of undergraduate schools at the Waseda University in Tokyo, the Open Education Center organises several theme collage courses including “Peace Studies”. Peace Studies College consists of one year lectures such as “An introduction to Peace Studies”, "Development: Its Implication on Peace”, "Peace by the Law", and "War and peace in the images". Lectures are run by academic staff from various schools of Waseda University, thus supervisions by them are provided in each school. 
    http://www.waseda.ac.jp/index-e.html - http://www.waseda.ac.jp/open/center/heiwa/heiwa_semi.html#1251

Other Guides to Academic Programs

Conflict Resolution Programs in Higher Education
The definitive guide to courses in the field, on a global basis.

International Relations Graduate Schools in United Kingdom and Ireland
This site contains an extensive list of graduate programs in International Relations with contact details.

Directory of College and University Peace Studies Programs
This site contains an extensive list of Peace Studies Programs.
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