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Peace & Conflict Studies


The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies. Students may also minor or double-major, if appropriate. This program provides students with knowledge of the key issues, research, and theories in the important and emerging field of peace and conflict studies.

The undergraduate curriculum is interdisciplinary, combining courses from cultural studies, criminal justice, history, political science, and sociology, among other disciplines. Students take a seminar that helps them integrate the learning from their electives to address the central questions of the field. 

Undergraduate students may study abroad at partner universities to gain a global perspective. Students can also engage in field work or internships for academic credit.

View the complete Degree Pathway.


UMass Lowell students can earn their B.A. and M.A. degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies in as little as five years when they enroll in the bachelor's-to-master's degree option. For eligible students who apply, the application fee is waived and GRE scores are not required. You can apply during your junior or senior year. Once accepted, you can take up to 6 credits of graduate level coursework and count the credit towards both your undergraduate and graduate degrees. You would then only have 24 credits to complete in order to finish M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies. For more information, see the graduate catalog.

For additional information, contact the program coordinator.