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Full time Part time BA to MA
The Peace and Conflict Studies program addresses the causes of conflict and methods to build peace. It draws on a variety of disciplines, including cultural studies, criminal justice, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, economics and sociology, to address the field’s central questions:
The 30-credit program offers concentrations in conflict resolution, policy analysis and organizational leadership. A capstone practicum, thesis or project is also required.
Sample courses include:
For more information including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.
UMass Lowell also offers a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.
See the Graduate Catalog for detailed requirements of the program.
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*These estimated graduate charges are for the 2021-2022 academic year. These prices are subject to change by vote of the UMass Board of Trustees.
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Peace and Conflict Studies graduates can have careers in peacebuilding, economic development and security, conflict resolution, diplomacy, mediation, business and nonprofit management, human rights advocacy, community planning and policy analysis, violence prevention and education. The program prepares students for doctoral work, as many alumni are currently enrolled in doctoral programs.
Alumni of our program have attained jobs as:
Students are taught by faculty who are experts in social organizing and nonviolent action, understanding terrorism, religion and democracy, responses to genocide, regional conflicts and disputes, women’s movements for peace, mass media and the role of technology in conflict resolution, and the politics of human rights.
The program is affiliated with the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute at UMass Lowell, which selects and invites internationally renowned peace scholars to campus each year. Past scholars have included Nobel Peace Prize winners Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman.