Peace and Conflict Management
The International MA Program in Peace and Conflict Management provides students with essential knowledge and skills to deal with intergroup conflicts. The program is unique in its interdisciplinary approach, which utilizes knowledge from diverse academic fields and addresses conflicts at various levels, ranging from the international arena to local communities. Moreover, the program introduces a variety of approaches to conflict management and resolution, involving formal governments, NGOs, civil society and ordinary citizens. Beyond courses, the program offers a practicum at organizations active in the domain of peace and conflict, as well as enrichment activities including field trips and guest lectures.
The interdisciplinary program is based primarily on theoretical and practical frameworks in the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, communications, history, law, philosophy, and education. These perspectives enrich the students' understanding of conflicts within and among societies and nations. The curriculum also examines specific case studies of conflict and uses the Middle East and Israel as a living classroom for empirical learning.
The Academic Program
The interdisciplinary program was created to give students a solid background of theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on field experience. It consists of the following main components:
-Core and Elective Courses: The core and elective courses fall under three main subjects: 1) The nature of conflicts and how they develop 2) Peace processes and ways to foster them 3) Research methodology
-Practicum: This core aspect of the program is designed to furnish exposure to NGOs that work for Arab-Jewish and Israeli-Palestinian coexistence and Middle East processes. The practicum will provide students with field experience.
-Enrichment: Academic tours, simulation games and expert panel discussions.
Field trips give students a first-hand acquaintance with the reality of government agencies and non-government organizations that are dealing with conflict management issues on a daily basis.
Both thesis and non-thesis tracks are offered.
The University of Haifa is an accredited university under the auspices of Israel's Ministry of Education and the Israeli Council for Higher Education and in accordance with the standards and criteria of North American and European Universities.
International Student Requirements:
TOEFL scores (if native language is not English or candidates have not previously studied at an institution of higher education where the language of instruction is English). A minimum of 570 (paper-based test); 230 (computer-based test) or 89 (internet-based test)
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 32 - 40 credits
In State Tuition (per year): 9100 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 9100 USD