Peace and Conflict Studies

Admissions Requirements

The Peace and Conflict Studies graduate programs are designed not only for recent college graduates, but also for non-traditional, and mid-career students with experience in a variety of work and community settings. 

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Accelerated BA to MA
For UMass Lowell Juniors and Seniors. 

Graduate Certificate Admissions Requirements

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  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution college or university. 
  2. At the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee, students may be admitted with a grade point average below 2.8, especially in the case of a student with work experience in the field.
  3. An application fee as set by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  4. A personal statement about the applicant's professional interests, educational and work qualifications, and future goals as related to the program. 
  5. A resume or curriculum vitae summarizing education and work experience. 
  6. Students for whom English is not a national language must also submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A waiver may be given to candidates who have completed at least two academic semesters of full time college/university work in the United States. The recommended minimum TOEFL scores are 550 on the paper version of the test, 213 on the computer-based version and 79-80 on the internet-based version. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5.

Master of Arts Admissions Requirements

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Starting with matriculation for January 2012, the GRE is not required for admittance into the Master of Arts. It may be submitted as a supplement to an application.

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution college or university.
  2. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better. Applicants must submit an official transcript from the undergraduate institution that awarded their degree and an official transcript from any other undergraduate institution at which the applicant was awarded course credit. At the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee, students may be admitted with a grade point average below 3.0.
  3. 18 credits of Peace and Conflict Studies related coursework. Courses dealing with the general themes of causes of conflict, resolution of conflict or the building of peace will be considered Peace and Conflict Studies coursework. Additionally, courses that are similar to the Peace and Conflict Studies elective courses will be considered as prior coursework. At the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee, a student may be admitted with fewer credits, especially in the case of a student with work experience in the field.
    The Graduate Admissions Committee is aware that while some of the applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, many will be applying with degrees in related fields. This requirement will ensure that all incoming Master’s students will have some familiarity with the key topics in the field. At the same time, this requirement is not expected to be prohibitive for applicants. 
    In the event that a student does not have the necessary background credits in Peace and Conflict Studies and does not have relevant work experience in the field, the student may be admitted under the condition that they complete relevant courses during the summer prior to matriculation or during the first semester.
  4. An application fee as set by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  5. Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the educational and/or professional performance of the applicant. They must be signed and mailed to: Office of Graduate Admissions, 883 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854.
  6. A personal statement about the applicant's professional interests, educational and work qualifications, and future goals as related to the program. 
  7. A resume or curriculum vitae summarizing education and work experience.
  8. An interview may be requested by the Graduate Admissions Committee. 

Students for whom English is not a national language must also submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A waiver may be given to candidates who have completed at least two academic semesters of full time college/university work in the United States. The recommended minimum TOEFL scores are 550 on the paper version of the test, 213 on the computer-based version and 79-80 on the internet-based version. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5.