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Master of Arts in Peace & Conflict Management

Faculty of Social Sciences

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  • Learn to deal with ethnonational conflicts and build peace
  • Study conflicts within Israeli society and the Middle East
  • Gain hands-on experience through field training
  • Spend 1 year learning in a multicultural environment

Program description

The Faculty of Social Sciences is excited to offer a rigorous one-year international graduate program in Peace and Conflict Management. Viewed through both international and regional lenses, the field of conflict management will be explored in its many facets, with special attention paid to the wider Middle East conflict while conceptual, practical and comparative elements of conflict management of other global conflicts are examined.

As a deeply divided society and a country in protracted conflict with other countries in the region, Israel is a unique environment for a program whose goal is to enable students to understand how conflicts unfold from the grassroots level and move up through the halls of government to the international community. Israel supplies excellent field study opportunities that allow students to see how attempts to manage conflicts and promote coexistence, mutual understanding, and peace processes actually develop and take root, and is a real-time hands-on working laboratory for advanced international and Israeli students, offering encounters with ongoing conflicts as well as successful and failed efforts to achieve peace.

Why University of Haifa for your Peace and Conflict Studies?

 

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What you will study

The interdisciplinary program of study includes courses in political science, international relations, psychology, sociology, communications, history and regional studies. Included in the course of study are a number of field trips throughout Israel in order to gain close familiarity with certain aspects of the local conflict. There is also a practicum component in NGOs related to aspects of peace-making and conflict management; thoughtful simulations of decision making processes, negotiations and conflict management; and guest lectures given by activists, practitioners, politicians, diplomats, academics and former military officials.

Over the course of three semesters we will study sources, types and levels of conflicts, where students will become familiar with tools to trace their development. The curriculum takes as its focus courses on conflict management and provides students with practical tools in the fostering of peace processes. Research methodology and a field practicum are also included. For more curriculum information please visit here.

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Admissions Requirements

  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA, 80% (Israeli system) or equivalent
  • Official transcript of BA degree and copy of undergraduate diploma
  • TOEFL scores of 89 on the internet-based test
  • Two recommendations from relevant academic faculty members
  • Statement of Intent/Personal Essay (500-750 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résume
  • Medical forms (international students only)
  • Copy of valid passport and six passport-sized photos (international students only)
  • Work experience in an organization for human rights, coexistence, or peace (preferred, not required) 

Academic Prerequisites

Students who have not taken introductory courses in the social sciences during their undergraduate degree will need to successfully complete two courses before being accepted to the program:

  • One introductory course in either psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, or international relations.
  • One introductory course in methodology (research methods, statistics) in a social science discipline.

For more information please click here.

 

Cost

For international students tuition and fees for the full academic year is $US 10,000*. The fee breakdown appears below: 
 
Tuition  $9,100
Service Fees (Security, Library, Health Insurance, etc.)  $900
TOTAL (in US Dollars) $10,000
  

Tuition for Israeli students is 27,430 NIS* that can be paid in eight instalments using the University of Haifa's payment vouchers. 

There is a non-refundable $100 application fee per academic year for the program.

Dormitories are available for $450 per month.

* Final tuition for the next academic year is updated each August. For more information on the cost of our programs, dormitories, etc. and payment instructions please click here. For financial aid information visit the "Scholarships" tab on this page. 


Courses

Core Courses
  • Paths to Peace: Conflict Management, Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
  • Practicum
  • Research Methods in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Theories and Issues in Intergroup Conflict: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
Elective Courses
  • Conflict and its Resolution at the Community Level
  • Geopolitics of the Middle East
  • Intervention in International Crises: Motivations, Procedures, Results and Implications
  • Leadership and Conflict Management: Cross-Fertilization
  • Multi-Track Diplomacy: Transforming Violent Conflict
  • Peacekeeping Operations: A New Tool for World Order?
  • Social Psychology of Intergroup Conflicts and their Resolution
  • The Law and Ethics of War
  • The Media in Peace and Conflict Management: Seminar
  • The Theory and Practice of International Conflicts, their Management and Resolution
  • The UN Model 
  • Types of Management of Collective Identities in Diverse Societies
Thesis and Non-thesis tracks are available.  For more information on the course curriculum and course descriptions please click here

Faculty

The diverse faculty is made up of teaching staff from a variety of disciplines including politics, international relations, psychology, conflict mediation and history. For a full list of factulty staff and their specialisations please visit here.

Scholarships

Click here for more information on financial aid and scholarships.  Applicants accepted into this program are eligible for a MASA grant.

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Deadlines

March 15 - Early Application Deadline 

May 31    - Late Application Deadline  (for late applications dormitory reservations are not guaranteed)

April 15  - Financial Aid Application Deadline

 

 

 

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