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Bachelor of Arts - Peace & Conflict Studies

UMass 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.

Students are challenged to answer the following key content questions: 

  • How do factors such as poverty, lack of education and social inequity lead to conflict, both internationally and domestically?
  • What are the causes and conditions which generate and sustain conflict and violence?
  • What are the principles and methods for the resolution of conflict and violence?
  • What are the norms, practices and institutions for conflict transformation and building peace?

The undergraduate curriculum is inter-disciplinary, 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.

Please visit the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog for the:

The Accelerated BA to MA Program makes it possible to complete both a bachelor's degree and a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies in as little as five years. 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 the Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies.


  1. Complete both degrees in a little as five years.
  2. Application fees waived.
  3. Enter the job market with a competitive advantage of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Who can apply

UMass Lowell juniors and seniors from any major can apply. You will need to graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA to matriculate into the BA to MA program. All other students can apply for the Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate through the UMass Lowell Office of Graduate Admissions.

To apply, visit Graduate Admissions.

Seniors - Get ahead as an undergraduate

With instructor permission, you can register for a wide variety of graduate courses, including required courses and electives your senior year. You can count up to 6 credits towards both your undergraduate and graduate degrees. For a full list of graduate courses offered, please see the graduate catalog.

Why study Peace and Conflict Studies at UMass Lowell?

A female graduate smiles during morning Commencement on May 19, 2018. Photo by Tory Germann

Graduate Programs

Learn more about Graduate Programs and Certificates.

Chancellor Moloney welcomed Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, the 2016 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, to campus. Photo by Tory Germann

Career options

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2017 Greeley Peace Scholar journalist Noy Thrupkaew at Lowell Community Health Center.

Research Projects

Check out the current research projects by students and faculty.