Is it for you?
Are you interested in learning about processes of peacebuilding and conflict transformation from local and international perspectives?
Do you want to become an informed peace and contact practitioner equipped with the skills and tools to help transform conflicts and build peace?
Do you want to spend a year studying in an academically challenging environment at a global university with students and faculty members drawn from every corner of the world?
The Master of Arts Degree in International Peace Studies (IPS) provides an interdisciplinary and critical analysis of the causes and consequences of a wide range of contemporary conflicts and violence that impact global, international, and human security. Topics to be explored include armed conflicts, violent extremism, (de)militarization, economic, social, and gender injustices, cultural and religious identity conflicts, and competition over environmental resources. An in-depth understanding of conflict transformation approaches, peacebuilding, and peace processes in response to these issues are built.
All students enrolled under this program will take most of the courses within the International Peace Studies program, however, this specialization will include 12 credits focused specifically on Media, Peace, and Conflict Studies.
Please find below, a brief description of the courses that will be offered under the IPS-MPCS Specialization:
Introduction to Media and Peace (3 credits) (Dr. Mauricio Vieira – Brazil).
This introductory course provides an overview of how media has come to be currently understood and studied, and how that research intersects and interrelates with peace and conflict studies. Through case study analyses of contemporary armed conflicts and peacebuilding efforts, participants gain knowledge and insights into how media practices, structures, and messaging can contribute to conflict escalation and violence, as well as contribute to conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Students will be able to:
Critically analyze existing research and theoretical frameworks
Perform their own qualitative and/or quantitative research
Facilitate a workshop or class
Evaluate media messaging for their contributions to the peaceful resolution or escalation of conflict
Global Structures and Cultures, Media and Conflict (3 credits) (Dr. Christopher Tulloch – United Kingdom).
This course addresses political-economic and socio-cultural inequities in the structures that govern media in today’s globalized world, form obstacles to peace, and fuel conflict in and between societies. Beginning from the influential and still-relevant debate surrounding the New World Information and Communication Order (1980) of the UN General Assembly, this course describes the continuities and changes in the political and economic structures that underlie global media today and offers a critical analysis of how such inequities sustain conflict and violence. Adopting an explicitly inclusive and international perspective, this course seeks to create an understanding of what role news media and journalism have traditionally played in reporting and representing conflict in ways that have been detrimental to peace-related goals of the international community.
Gender and the Media (3 credits) (Dr. Heather Kertyzia - Canada)
This course aims at furthering an understanding of how gender is constructed and represented across a variety of media. It seeks to enable students to delve into the idea of representation and situate gendered representations in their historicity and current social context. The course will focus on a variety of media including electronic, print, and social media, and examine these in relation to gender.
Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age (3 credits) (Dr. Mariateresa Garrido - Venezuela)
Technological developments increase the speed of social changes, requiring the reinterpretation and adaption of international norms. In the past decade, the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has transformed the way in which we exercise the right to freedom of expression. This course discusses this reality and provides students with the necessary skills to understand the role of ICT and media in the exercise of the right to freedom of expression. The course starts with the understanding of the ICT, its importance for the current social organization, and the rules governing its use. Then, it continues with the study of each of the elements that integrate the right to freedom of expression and discusses the legal structures at global and regional levels which affect Media production, dissemination, content, and audiences around the world. Throughout the course, students will consider the simultaneous protection of competing rights and the difficulties derived from the uses of new technologies. Each class is designed to provide students with the tools needed to identify states’ obligations, how they can be fulfilled in the digital era, and how these legal structures affecting Media can be understood as contributing to or creating obstacles to peace around the world. Therefore, by the end of this course, students will have the basic skills needed to promote and guarantee the exercise of the right to freedom of expression in the digital age.
Besides taking these specialized courses, students are encouraged to deepen their understanding of their subject of interest in their graduation project (which could have several modalities: thesis, capstone project, or internship).
The following documentation is required to complete your application process for the UPEACE on-campus M.A. programs. Please have them ready and on hand before beginning your online application process, as they will need to be uploaded into the system.Required supporting documents to be uploaded:
English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS; TOEIC or TOEFL-ITP are not accepted)
Statement of Purpose
Letters of Recommendation
Official Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree) Transcripts and Degree Certificate
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Copy of Passport (front page with photo only)
Three (3) passport-size photos for ID purposes
The online application requires electronic (PDF) scans of required documents. Should admission be granted, the following documents will be eventually be required in official hard copy:
English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS; TOEIC or TOEFL-ITP are not accepted) (UPEACE TOEFL Code: 7180)
Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Degree Certificate (and English translations if applicable)
Three (3) passport-size photos.
Upon submission of the online application form and supporting uploaded documents, the UPEACE Admissions system will send an automatic confirmation email. The date and time of submission will be noted in the system. Applications received after the established deadline will be considered for admission for the following academic year. Each application received by the established deadline will be reviewed for completeness. A second acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant by the Admissions Officer, informing him/her of the status of his/her application, whether it is complete and able to be passed on for academic review.
We are not able to provide any information about the status of applicants over the phone or to third parties. Information will only be provided to the applicant using the email provided in the online application form.
Please write down your application ID number before submitting your application, as this number is difficult for the Admissions Team to recover.
Graduates of the program will gain knowledge, capacities, skills, and motivation relevant to professional work in international, national, and local government or civil society agencies, as well as in organizations in fields related to conflict analysis, resolution and transformation; nonviolence; peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding; local/global justice; and conflict and peace-sensitive policy-making, as well as peace and conflict studies/research. Current IPS Alumni are working as:
International Humanitarian Workers
International Non-Governmental Agency Workers
Community Relations Specialists
Dispute Resolution Advisors
Important dates 2021:
Mandatory orientation: 23-24 September
First day of classes: 27 September