Institute of Social Studies

Hacettepe University

Hacettepe University MA in Peace & Conflict Studies


PCS Coordination Office, International Relations Department

Beytepe Campus Beytepe/Cankaya

Ankara, Ankara 34980


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate on Peace & Conflict Studies (1 semester), MA in Peace & Conflict Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Welcome to the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies Program The Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies program at Hacettepe University is a two-year program founded on the principle of developing cultures of peace and peace perspectives. The founder, Dr. Havva Kok Arslan, has developed her ideas into a Master's program focused on teaching peace processes that apply and promote universal ethics to Turkey and the global agenda. Your first year will be spent in Istanbul where you will immerse yourself in peacemaking through an integrative analysis of the psychosocial, political, moral, and spiritual realities of our lives. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively analyze and evaluate the theories and practices of peacebuilding, while gaining an in-depth understanding of violent, destructive conflict in the world. After your second year you may return home, or, stay in Istanbul in order to write your MA thesis. All course and thesis work will be taught and supervised by a group of highly credentialed international peace experts who bring years of dedication and expertise to trans-disciplinary processes of non violence and social transformation. Hacettepe University's Department of International Relations will accept its first Peace and Conflict Studies students for the Fall 2012 semester in Istanbul, Turkey. Bridging two continents, Asia and Europe, Istanbul symbolizes the goals of peacebuilding in uniting people and cultures. Charming, diverse, and cosmopolitan, Istanbul attracts people from around the world to its rich cultural history and sheer beauty. As a secular democracy, Turkey is in a unique position to influence geopolitical realities and to act as a stabilizing, mediating force in the region. As a peace scholar, you will develop an understanding of Turkey's uniquely diverse history, and find that it offers an endless array of case histories to apply to your research.


The PCS Master's program is a two-year program founded on the principle of building peace cultures and perspectives. As a student, you will find that the program's design is well-suited to this task in its approach to education. For the first year of the program, you will live and study in a multicultural environment conducive to applying the principles of peacebuilding in a direct, and effective manner. Part of an international community, you will find endless opportunities to apply the concepts and theories from the classroom directly to the shared living experience. During the second year, you may return to your home country, or stay in Istanbul in order to write, submit and defend your thesis for your MA degree. A group of experienced supervisors will be available to support your thesis work (this will be mainly online supervision) and you will have access to the university’s online library. Room and board are provided for all students, and are not included in class fees.

International Student Requirements:

Non Native English Speaker are required a proof of english fluency.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 11500 EUR

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