Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies

Within the framework of its cooperation with Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, the International Institute for Peace (IIP) is pleased to announce the creation of a Master’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers.

Hosted in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, this Masters Degree, a major pillar of the IIP educational programme, aims at providing students with theoretical knowledge and applied skills to tackle a broad range of issues related to peace such as:

  • the social bases of peace and conflict
  • the causes of large-scale violence
  • peaceful social conflict and recovery from violence

The Master’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies has been designed, in close consultation with the IIP, to offer to students a unique opportunity to also address peace and conflict issues in their interdisciplinary dimension. Graduates will acquire a dual competence in understanding violent conflict, such as war, genocide, ethnic violence, and terrorism; and, on the other hand, in non-violence, including both non-violent prosecution of conflict as through social movements and civil resistance, and in moving away from violent struggle toward reconciliation and sustainable peace.

The International Institute for Peace will partner with international, national and local organizations and institutes, notably within the framework of UNESCO, to provide opportunities for research and practical internships for students.

For more information, please contact Professor Brian Ferguson, Director of the Master’s Program, bferguson(at)



The students pursuing the Master’s programme will complete 36 credits, usually over two years, and pass a final examination. (Extension for more than three years is subject to an approval process).

Nine credits of foundations include

    • an introductory seminar from the program’s Core Faculty
    • qualitative or quantitative methods
    • a course in either a theoretical or geographical area. 

Distribution requirements include

    • one course each in Social Bases of Conflict, Non-Violence and Conflict Resolution, and Violent Conflict. 

Electives comprise six to fifteen credits, depending on whether the student accrues credit from experiential education in applied contexts, and/or faculty-supervised independent study. Electives may be filled by approved courses throughout Rutgers University. 

Special topical colloquia make up another three credits. 

Advisors will be assigned based on individual students’ areas of interest. Requests for transfer credits will be considered after a student has been admitted.



Applicants will submit

  • A completed application form
  • An official college transcript
  • GRE scores (recommended but not mandatory for foreign students)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of up to 300 words, indicating areas of interest and objectives in obtaining a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. 
  • Students who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, or of countries where English is not the spoken language, must submit a TOEFL score taken within the last two years.




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