Online MA in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World


Program Description

The online Master of Arts program in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World engages competent professionals and researchers to resolve pressing and complex global problems that concern humanity. Every course in the program shares a commitment to ethics, fundamental human values, gender sensitivity, and multiculturalism.

The content of the online M.A. moves from a study of the origins of conflict at the personal, local, internal, and international levels to the promotion and practice of peace. The program discusses the responsibilities and capacities of all social sectors, including key political and economic institutions, as well as civil society and individuals, and their potential impact on the environmental and social aspects of peace and conflict. Skills for the maintenance of peace are emphasized throughout the program, including analyzing and understanding conflict from multiple perspectives.

This is an interdisciplinary online program, drawing on scholarship and methodologies from across academia. The complexities of today's world, and the developments of the last thirty years in understanding peace and conflict, demand an approach that crosses boundaries while seeking to create new progressions in the main field of study.

All courses are well-integrated within the program, bringing together modern theories, and concepts, in-depth case studies, best practices from around the world, sound methodologies, and the valuable contributions of course-takers.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students can begin the M.A. program at the start of any new course, upon approval.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee per online course:

  • 3-credit course (9 weeks) is US $950 / non-credit US $750 (plus bank charges)
  • 2-credit course (6 weeks) is US $700 / non-credit US $500 (plus bank charges)

Payment Methods

  • Credit Card
  • Wire transfer

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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

Regulations to Receive Financial Assistance in the UPEACE Online MA and individual online courses.

The prospective applicant has to be admitted to UPEACE before requesting financial assistance from the University. The financial assistance awarded is not negotiable.

NOTE: The waivers below are not automatic, but are reserved for a limited number of applicants based on the decisions of the Programme Committee, including the applicant’s merits.

Financial Assistance Categories

50% Tuition Waiver for M.A. Program

  • Costa Rican citizens (Host country)
  • UN Volunteers
  • UN Staff on the following levels
    • General Service and related categories (G, TC, S, PIA, LT)
    • National Professional Officers (NO)
    • Field Service (FS)

30% Tuition Waivers for MA Program

  • UN Staff on P level positions and higher
  • Applicants who come from signatory countries of the International Agreement for the Establishment of the University for Peace
  • Professors and Alumni from a partner university

Application Process

General Information

The M.A. degree is designed to serve the educational needs of prospective graduate students who are interested in the serious study of peace at a graduate level, regardless of their professional background.

To apply for the Online M.A. Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World, please complete the ONLINE application form.

Once you complete the application form electronically and your file is reviewed and you are granted admission to the Online Programme, you will need to send an official undergraduate transcript and English Language Proficiency Test Report (if applicable) to make registration official.

Within the electronic application form, you will be asked to upload copies of the following documentation:

  • English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Copy of Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
  • Copy of Valid Identification

Proficiency Test Score Report

A copy of an English Language Proficiency Test Report is required for all applicants from non-English-speaking countries. The following English Proficiency Tests are accepted:

  • IELTS: Band of 7 (good user)
  • Paper based TOEFL (PBT): 530
  • Computer based TOEFL (CBT): 215
  • Internet Based TOEFL (IBT): 90


  • UPEACE TOEFL Code: 7180
  • TOEIC and TOEFL-ITP is no longer be accepted.
  • Tests that are more than two years old are not valid. This means that applicants who took the English Test more than two years ago must repeat the test.
  • If an original "Applicant's Score Confirmation Report" is available, you may send it with your application package; copies are not valid, the official institutional score report must then be sent by ETS.

To waive the English Language Proficiency Test Report, applicants from non-English speaking countries may present the following documents:

  • Certified, authenticated or notarized true copy of Undergraduate Degree from an English Speaking Country or English Speaking University. This degree must have been issued within the last two years.
  • Letter from a higher education institution certifying enrollment or completion of a program by the applicant, and stating that the medium of instruction was English.

An English Language Proficiency Test Report is required for all applicants from non-English-speaking countries.


Individual courses run for either 6 weeks (for a 2-credit course) or 9 weeks (for a 3-credit course). For online M.A. students, the academic year proceeds from September of one year to December of the next year. But students can start the online M.A. at any time. If students begin the program in September, they can complete the online M.A. in one and a half years. Extensions may be provided for a maximum of four years, after enrolling in the program.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

The University for Peace is a higher education institution which offers Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in the fields of Environment and Development, International Law, and Peace and Conflict Stu ... Read More

The University for Peace is a higher education institution which offers Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in the fields of Environment and Development, International Law, and Peace and Conflict Studies. It was created in December 1980 by mandate from the United Nations. Read less
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