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100% Online 30 credits $450/cr. in-state and $563/cr. out-of-state* Fall: August 1
Spring: December 20
Summer: April 15
None

*This special e-tuition rate applies to out-of-state students enrolled in a UMaineOnline degree or certificate program.

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Peace and Reconciliation Studies

Peace and Reconciliation Studies is the interdisciplinary examination of the conditions that make for peace, with a special emphasis on reconciliation (forgiveness) as a vital factor in the realization of peace. It also investigates the obstacles to the realization of these conditions, drawing on theories and methods from diverse disciplines to focus on what makes for the development of a just and peaceful world order. As a dramatically emerging field, Peace and Reconciliation Studies graduates will gain a firm grounding in both theory and practical skills related to peace, conflict resolution, human development, and related issues.

Curriculum

The graduate program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, of which 15-18 credits must be from Peace and Reconciliation courses. Another 9-12 credit hours can be drawn from graduate-level courses in a variety of fields related to the students’ academic interests, including education and human development, political science, history, and more. Finally, all students will complete a 3-credit capstone during their final semester.

Required Courses

  • PAX 410/510: Theories in Peace and Reconciliation Studies (3 credits)
  • PAX 491/591: Forgiveness: Creating a Culture of Peace and Reconciliation (3 credits)

Peace and Reconciliation Courses (15-18 credits)

Some 300 level courses are cross-listed with PAX 598. In order to take 300-level courses for graduate credit, you must notify Peace and Reconciliation Studies director, Sid Mitchell, of your intention and consult with the course instructor about combining the content, goals, and requirements of the course with a substantial graduate component. In conjunction with the instructor, write a proposal integrating the content and goals of the 300-level course with appropriate graduate-level work. Send a copy of your proposal to Sid Mitchell to keep as a record of the graduate work you have done.

  • PAX 350: Buddhism, Peace & Contemplative Traditions (3 credits)
  • PAX 351: This Sacred Earth: Ecology and Spirituality (3 credits)
  • PAX 398: Topics in Peace & Reconciliation Studies (3 credits)
  • PAX 400/500: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community (3 credits)
  • PAX 401/501: Women Activists: Warriors for Peace & Justice (3 credits)
  • PAX 498: Special Projects in Peace Studies (independent study, available upon request and consultation with the program coordinator)
  • PAX 598: Independent Graduate Study (3 credits)

 

Faculty

For information about the Peace and Reconciliation faculty, visit the Peace and Reconciliation website.

Careers

Graduates of the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Peace and Reconciliation find careers in policy analysis, political change, conflict analysis, organizational leadership, and conflict transformation. They become prepared to work with an NGO or government agency working in areas of social conflict, assisting in peaceful community development and social change. Many go on to interesting careers in community organizing, lobbying, mediation, and foreign policy. There is an increasing demand for people trained in mediation and conflict resolution in our court systems to help adjudicate civil disputes.

More and more, countries are turning to those well versed in peace and reconciliation to rebuild after wars or insurgencies. With a Masters that focuses on Peace and Reconciliation Studies, our graduates will be prepared to answer that call.

Contact Us

Have questions about earning your M.A. in Peace and Reconciliation online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at umaineonline@maine.edu.

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Admissions

Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA

Application Materials

Prior to applying, students must contact the Graduate School to arrange an interview to discuss interests and academic goals. After the interview, applicants whose academic goals are consistent with the mission of the program should review the application instructions and submit the following:

  • An online application
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended
  • An email to graduate@maine.edu from a UMaine faculty member who has agreed to serve as your primary advisor
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An essay describing your life experiences and motivation for pursuing a M.A. in Peace and Reconciliation

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