Online M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Peace and Reconciliation Studies

Online 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.


The graduate program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, of which 15-18 credits must be from Peace and Reconciliation courses. Another 15 credit hours can be drawn from graduate-level courses in a variety of fields related to the student’s academic interests, including education and human development, political science, history, and more. Students can take up to 9 credits of 400-level coursework. Finally, all students will complete a 3-6 credit capstone during their final semester.

Required Courses

The following courses are required (15-18 credits):

  • PAX 510: Theories in Peace and Reconciliation Studies (3 credits) Fall
  • PAX 591: Forgiveness: Creating a Culture of Peace and Reconciliation (3 credits) Spring
  • PAX 699: Capstone (3-6 credits)
    Master’s project developed from the student’s coursework and research, usually completed near the end of the student’s academic program.
  • 2 additional PAX courses (6 credits)

Program Requirements



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

Application Materials

We have rolling admissions, so you can apply and be accepted into the program anytime. 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
  • CV or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An essay describing your life experiences and motivation for pursuing an M.A. in Peace and Reconciliation

Applicants do NOT need to identify a faculty advisor or submit a Program of Study when applying to the online M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Peace and Reconciliation Studies program. Those requirements are only for on-campus Interdisciplinary programs.

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Have questions about earning your M.A.I.S. in Peace and Reconciliation Studies online with UMaine? Contact Julie Roach, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.3154 (Mon/Wed) or 207.573.0417 (Tue/Thu/Fri), or at

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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 Master’s that focuses on Peace and Reconciliation Studies, our graduates will be prepared to answer that call.

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