Is it for you?
Are you a peace practitioner working with local or international organizations and want to understand more about how religious and cultural issues should be considered in peace and conflict situations?
Are you a religious scholar interested in expanding your perspectives on how religions can be used as tools for building peace?
Are you a student or graduate and envision yourself involved in peacebuilding and peacekeeping efforts while being conscious of religious and cultural sensitivities surrounding this work?
Are you interested in learning the skills needed to connect communities through interfaith initiatives?
Do you want to study the nuances of conflicts through an intersectional lens and explore them in relation to structural aspects such as those of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and class, among others?
Do you want to spend a year in a Master’s program that supports you in engaging with scholarly debates within the field of Religion, Culture, and Peace Studies at a global university where students and faculty members are drawn from every corner of the world?
Where will you be studying?
The M.A. in Religion, Culture, and Peace Studies is offered by the internationally- recognized Department of Peace and Conflict Studies of the University for Peace. As a leading center of peace and conflict research and education, the department offers various other M.A. programs on International Peace Studies, Peace Education, Indigenous Science, and Peace Studies, Media and Peace, and Gender and Peacebuilding. It caters to a diverse, global body of students. Instruction is provided by a group of leading scholars and expert practitioners in the field.
The University for Peace - established by the UN General Assembly in 1980 - has been training leaders for peace for the past four decades. It is the world’s leading educational institution in the field of peace and conflict resolution in its pursuit of the mandate given to it by the General Assembly, namely "to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations".