Peace and Conflict Studies

Graduate Program

The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Master of Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. 

Applying

For information on applying to the Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate, please visit the Prospective Graduate Students page.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts is 30 credits. Students take an introductory course on conflict transformation, research methods, and the integrative seminar. Master's students select one of three professional options: Conflict Resolution, Organizational Leadership, or Policy Analysis. They choose electives within the option of their choice. To complete the MA, students can do either a project, practicum (internship) or thesis.

For more information on courses, download the Curricular Checklist (pdf).

For full curricular information, visit the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate is 12 credits. Students take an introductory course on conflict transformation and choose 3 electives.

For more information on courses, download the  Curricular Checklist (pdf).

For full curricular information, visit the  Graduate Academic Catalog.

Benefits of the Graduate Program

Students enroll in the Peace and Conflict Studies graduate program for a number of reasons:

  • You may want to earn the Graduate Certificate or Master of Arts because it will lead to job opportunities in the field.
  • You may be currently working in the Peace and Conflict Studies field, and want to broaden your skills and expertise, and possibly prepare for career advancement.
  • You may be currently working in the field, but may wish to specialize in a particular area.
  • You might work in a different field but seek a Master's degree for career advancement.
  • You might wish to pursue a Doctoral degree in Peace and Conflict Studies or related fields; the Master of Arts degree you receive from the University of Massachusetts Lowell will prepare you for doctoral level work.

Student Testimonials

“The program has opened my eyes to people who are making a real difference in the world.” Guetchine, BA to MA Student, Class of 2013

“The Peace and Conflict Studies program at UMass Lowell is one of the best in the country both academically and practically. It offers integrated studies with an excellent choice of courses, field experiences and international opportunities.” Margarita, Graduate Certificate Student, Class of 2012

“The Peace and Conflict Studies Program deepens students’ understanding of world conflicts through dialogues in a seminar-like class setting. I hope to apply the understanding I will obtain from the program to globally advise and recommend solutions for resolving future violent conflicts.” Tola, Master’s Student, Class of 2012

“I want to make a difference with my career. My Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies will give me the skills and knowledge to be a force for positive change on the local, national, or international level.” Seth, Master’s Student, Class of 2012.