Peace and Conflict Studies, M.A. | Rutgers University | Newark, United States
18 months
30888 USD/year
30888 USD/year
18168 USD/year
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The newly created Peace and Conflict Studies program of Rutgers University offers a unique approach to the issues which will shape our future.


Based in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Peace and Conflict Studies program of Rutgers University prepares students for further scholarship or employment in three areas: the social bases of peace and conflict, the causes of large-scale violence, and nonviolent social conflict and recovery from violence. Students will also have opportunities for research and practical internships associated with the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and the International Institute for Peace, whose directors are faculty members of the Master’s Program. The Center and Institute bring scholars, policy makers, peacemakers, projects, and events to our campus, and connect us to researchers, practitioners, and peace-building communities around the world.

What Makes Us Unique

There are many good programs covering peace and conflict issues, but ours is different in two ways. First, the Master’s is based in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and is oriented to the social bases of conflict and cooperation, of war and peace. Social dimensions include topics of migration, economic development, environmental degradation, inequality, education, race, ethnicity, religion, and gender.

Second, we expect graduates to have dual competence in understanding violent conflict, such as war, genocide, ethnic violence, and terrorism; and in nonviolence, including both nonviolent prosecution of conflict as through social movements and civil resistance, and in moving away from violent struggle toward reconciliation, justice, and sustainable peace.

Our students will be prepared to continue toward a higher degree in the most demanding PhD programs.  They also will attain a most valuable competence for employment by any governmental agency, NGO, or business working in areas of high social conflict—the ability to analyze and communicate about complex situations, understanding the interacting factors that lead to nonviolent social movements or to large scale violence, ways to mitigate destructive conflict, and move forward toward sustainable peace.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classical Foundations of Social Theory
  • Comparative and International Education: Development in Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
  • Culture, Political Violence, and Globalization
  • Environmental Conflict
  • Gender, Religion and Armed Conflicts
  • Irregular War: History, Culture, and Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application form
  • An official college transcript
  • GRE scores
  • Three 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, of countries where English is not the spoken language, must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score taken within the last two years.
  • Applicants may be requested to provide writing samples, and/or interview personally or by video conference.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    30888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15444 USD per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    30888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15444 USD per semester during 18 months.
  • In-State

    18168 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9084 USD per semester during 18 months.

Living costs for Newark

935 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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