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Guide to Ph.D. Programs in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

Many individuals around the world are interested in doing graduate work in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the MA or Ph.D. level. This guide is focused solely on Ph.D. level programs. If you’re interested in MA level programs, please consult the MA guide. Several colleagues at Eastern Mennonite University, in their Conflict Transformation Program have put together a list of Ph.D. programs related to peace and conflict resolution. Click on Download PeaceandconflictPhdPrograms.doc to download the list in a Word Document or see below. We would like to continue to build this list and thus would welcome suggestions of other Ph.D. programs in the world that have a strong focus on peace and conflict. PH.D. PROGRAMS IN PEACE STUDIES and CONFLICT RESOLUTION/TRANSFORMATION (adopted from the list assembled by Eastern Mennonite University) Please note, the programs are not listed in any order of preference. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to thoroughly research each program before applying. Please feel free to suggest additional programs. 1. George Mason University, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Virginia – Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution 2. Nova Southeastern University, Florida – Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3. University of Denver, Colorado, Ph.D. in International Relations 4. American University, Washington, DC – Ph.D. in International Relations with a Concentration in International Peace and Conflict Resolution 5. Georgetown University, Washington, DC – Ph.D. in Government (can do International Relations Focus) 6. Simon Fraser University, British Columbia (Canada)- Ph.D. in Criminology with Restorative Justice Focus 7. Syracuse University, New York – Ph.D. in Public Administration; Links with Program on Analysis and Resolution of Conflict 8. Arizona State University, Arizona – Ph.D. in Justice Studies 9. University of Bradford, England – Ph.D. in Peace Studies

10. University of New England, Australia – Ph.D. in Peace Studies 11. Notre Dame University, Indiana, US – offers a Ph.D. in peace studies in partnership with Notre Dame’s departments of history, political science, psychology, and sociology. 12. University of Manitoba, Canada – Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies 13. Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppssala University, Sweden – Ph.D. Peace and Conflict Research 14. Fletcher School, Tufts University, Massachusetts, US – Ph.D. offers concentration in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution as well as human security. 15. The National Centre for Peace And Conflict Studies, at the University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand is New Zealand’s first Centre to combine global cross-disciplinary expertise on the issues of development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. It offers postgraduate programs at the Masters and PhD level. 16. Mahidol University, Thailand, Ph.D. Program in Human Rights and Peace Studies – as the only PhD in human rights and peace in Asia, this Programme offers its students the unique opportunity to engage in depth with these two important issues in the world today. 17. Kenessaw State University, Georgia, US, is now offering a Ph.D. in International Conflict Management.

18. Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain, Doctorate of International Studies in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies,

19. Bar-Ilan University – the Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation Graduate Program (In Hebrew, PhD), Israel.


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Awesome Craig! My online shopping had already landed me on some of those. I can now add more programs to my shopping cart. You have no idea how helpful this guide is!

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Hello Craig,
you’ve succeeded in providing me a search-light towards the attainment of PhD. You are indeed a path-finder. Thanks!


Craig, you are not just a man but a superman.


Thanks all. Please feel free to suggest additional programs. Would also appreciate if you could let others know about the network.

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craig,you have been providing us important informations and thank you for your kindness!!!

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I am very happy in all your performance and selection of information particularly issues related with conflict resolution. But today’s posted massage posited me to thank you not only for today’s deed,but also for works done since my subscription!!

Thank you, indeed!

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thanks a lot !! it is very useful 🙂

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Trinity College Dublin also offers an M.Phil and P. Grad. Dip. in International Peace Studies and Conflict and Dispute Resolution


And the PhD’s are offered for research based in one of four areas:inter-religious ethics and globalisation; religious worlds and the politics of difference; peacebuilding and reconciliation; and Northern Ireland.

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Thanks alot Craig for making world proud of you,we in the Republic of South Sudan still need alot of hepl let the almigthy keep you healthy.

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Add also the University of Oregon’s Master’s degree in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. Full information at Cohort model with maximum 28 students per year. Located amidst the beauty of central Oregon and the Willamette River Valley, an hour from the coast, an hour from the mountains, an hour to the high desert country, an hour and a half to Portland, and on the road to a more collaborative future.

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Hi Craig

Will you please add the following in this network about the institution offering Ph.D. Program?

Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace

Payap University, Chiang Mai




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Thanks a lot for information.

Here is one more PhD Programme: Conflict Studies and Management Programme (CSMP) at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt

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Thanks for the valuable information.



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For the Mahidol program, the new web page address is:

Or you easy find it by googling the title


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Kindly add the following to MA and PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies Programmes on the PCDN database:

The University of Ibadan, Nigeria, offers MA, MPhil and PhD programmes in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Institute of African Studies of the university:,,


Please not that the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS) is a completely different centre dedicated to the professional master’s degree course in refugee and humanitarian studies while the MA and PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies are academic programmes resident in the Institute of African Studies of the university


Again, related undergraduate and graduate programmes are also run in a number of the well over 120 public, private and mission universities across the country, to which anyone can gain access by using the search engine, and I can tell you that academic research in Nigeria is very robust.

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To compliment Craig’s list, please look into The Heller School’s MA program in Coexistence & Conflict’s website that lists many more PhD programs (this page will be available shortly but please stay tuned

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Thanks… great sharing.

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Wow. I hope one place is mine. Working against next academic session! Thanks a bunch!

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What a great collection! Very useful indeed!

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Thank for the list Craig

I have noted that the Atlanta International University has a flexible PHD programme (“distance”) which sounds great, but l do know very little about the university. Would anyone volunteer more information about the credibility and strength of that university…



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To the above list can be added University of Massachusetts Boston PhD program in Global Governance and Human Security with a concentration on Conflict Resolution.


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Thanks Craiig

I have used this list & other info from your site to send a message about our film “One Day After Peace” over 40 Universities/Colleges/Institutions have purchased this film for their libraries, All have Peace Studies/ conflict resolution programs, most of them have Graduate Ma/PhD courses.

of the list above only 3 have our film

Otego University-New Zealand,University of New England-Australia , Kennessaw University -Georgia.

List of universities that have  “One Day After Peace”

DePaul (Chicago), Ithaca (NY), Marquette(WI), Las-Vegas (NV),  St.Nichols College (MA), North Carolina-Chapell Hill (NC), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Jerusalem (Israel),  Otago (New-Zealand), Brandon (Canada) York (Canada), Utrecht (The  Netherlands) Wellesley College (MA), Kennesaw (GA), Austin Comunity College (TX),  Ithaca College (Ny), Eastern Washington (WA), School for Peace (Cambodia), FAU Florida Atlantic (Fl), School for Jain Studies (India), Dickinson (Pa),  Seattle Pacific (Wa), Nansen Center Institute (Norway), Chapman (CA), Iowa(IA), Bingham Young (UT), New England-Sydney (Australia). Portland(OR), Trinity College (Belfast- N.Ireland), ZEF (Bonn- Germany, Pan-American (Tx), Michigan-East Lansing (Mi), Union Prebysterian (Va), Sacro Coure- Milan (Italy), Baltimore (Md), Norway Life Sciences @ As (Norway), SOAS- School for Oriental-African Studies London(UK).

alll are universities  except those that are colleges/schools

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Hi Craig,

Here at Kent State this fall will be the first year we offer a track focused on Conflict Analysis and Management in our Political Science MA and PhD programs. The best of both worlds. While our cohort for fall 2013 is set, applications for 2014 can be filed late fall. For more information go here.

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Hello Craig, great list but some doctoral degrees are so expensive to get! Do you have any titips on which univetsities are more likely to provide funding?

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Good morning, I would like to add to the List the PhD program on Peace, Conflicts and Development at Jaume I University in Spain
The tuition is 300 euros a year and then
The taxes of the defense. It is still so affordable in Spain, so is a good option
And is one of the most recognized programs in Spain
Managed by the Unesco Chair of Philosophy for Peace

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Trinity College Dublin School of Ecumenics has Phd programs in international peace and in conflict resolution.

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Walden University’s distance learning Ph.D program in Public Policy and Administration has a Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace concentration.

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Rutgers University, Division of Global Affairs offers a Ph.D. in Global Affairs.

Please visit our website:

I would appreciate if this can be added to the list.  On our website we have our faculty, courses and research posted for prospective applicants.

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Hi. Please I’d appreciate advice on PhD programs on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, in China. Thanks

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