Colleges, Universities, and Graduate Programs


A list of graduate programs in peace studies:


Global Directory of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Programs (book)

This is a comprehensive guide to over 450 undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral academic programs as well as peace centers and institutes worldwide. Entries describe each program’s philosophy and goals as well as providing examples of course offerings, key course requirements, degrees and certificates offered, and complete contact information.

Special prices are available to members of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA). You may also order single copies online by going to
New to the seventh edition – Updated profiles. An international list of journals in the field. In addition to the print edition, an online edition, available by subscription, features regularly updated entries and a fully searchable, easy-to-use database.


Individual program links:

Goucher College, (Maryland)

Peace Studies major: undergraduate


Plowshare Project

The Plowshares Collaborative was formed in 2002 by Earlham CollegeGoshen College and Manchester College to develop the strongest, most distinctive undergraduate program in peace studies in the United States.

Funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., this institutional collaboration is finding new, imaginative ways to address theproblems of violence and related challenges that confront America and most of the world today.


McMaster University (Canada)

Centre for Peace Studies


Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (Canada)


George Mason University, Virginia (United States)

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Columbia University Teacher’s College, New York (United States)


Ahimsa Center: California State Polytechnic University

The Ahimsa Center in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is focused on interdisciplinary teaching and learning about nonviolence and its practical applications at various levels: personal, familial, communal, national and international. Educational and outreach initiatives of the Center will facilitate an understanding of ahimsa as a positive force informing the ways of thinking as well as living.


University of Maryland

As a university-based center, CIDCM offers a broad range of options for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about conflict management, as well as its relationship to international development. The Center sponsors a highly selective undergraduate Minor in International Development and Conflict Management and, in conjunction with the Department of Government and Politics, will house a new doctorate program in Conflict Studies.


Bradford University (Great Britain)


European University of Peace Studies

The EPU Curriculum in Peace and Conflict Studies: Master of Arts and Advanced Certificate Programs

The European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU) is located in Stadtschlaining, Austria, a beautiful, small and quiet medieval town in the foothills of the Alps between Vienna and Graz. It has a 700 year old castle hosting the EPU offices, a peace museum, and a famous peace library with 25,000 books, periodicals and films, mostly in English. It was founded in 1988 by its current President, Dr. Gerald Mader. It has so far educated about 1000 students from more than 100 different countries in peace studies and conflict transformation. In 1995 it received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

The EPU program is designed to provide students with the intellectual skills to analyze conflicts and their underlying causes, with practical skills in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and with the motivation to do everything in their capacity to help create a better world. It seeks to enable and motivate students to help build a more peaceful, equitable and just global society, in harmony with nature.


Peace Museum (Austria)

The European Museum for Peace (Europäische Museum für den Frieden) was opened in 2001 as an offshoot of the Provincial Exhibition on “War or Peace”. Based on the long-standing experience of the Peace Centre, the Museum endeavours to adapt and present the breadth and depth of knowledge on violence and conflict, security and peace, to the broad public through a combination of scholarly rigor and sound pedagogical approaches.

Some of the most important themes addressed in the Museum are the causes and structures of violence and war, ways out of everyday violence, different dimensions and courses of individual and collective conflicts, as well as peace issues broadly considered – e.g., with topics such as peace research and peace work, peace activists and peace policies, human rights, and global peace.

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