Track A: Thesis Track*
7 Courses - 28 credit hours (4 core courses and 3 elective courses)
Thesis Research Paper
Track A students will be required to write two seminar papers (6000 words each), one final paper based on the practicum/internship and a thesis research paper.
*Being able to pursue the thesis is dependent on the student's ability to find an appropriate advisor.
*Students selecting the thesis track should take into consideration that completion of a master’s thesis within one year is not guaranteed. A master’s thesis is an independent research project, and the pace of progress largely depends on the student’s efforts. Completion of a thesis may often require more than one year.
Track B: Non-Thesis Track
9 Courses - 36 credit hours (4 core courses and 5 elective courses)
Final paper based on the practicum/internship
Track B students will be required to complete three seminar papers (6000 words each) and one final paper based on the practicum/internship (8,000 words).
Study of Hebrew and Arabic is not included in the program curriculum, however language study is available through the International School at an additional cost of $900 per course.
Please note that language course grades are not calculated into the MA GPA, but they do appear on the student's transcript.
The practicum is a field experience in an organizational project of peacebuilding, conflict management, justice, development or human rights. A practicum should have all the following components:
- Specific project, either existing or initiated;
- Field work (not research);
- Relevancy to areas of peacemaking, conflict management, development, or human rights;
- Work in an organization.
Each student will have two supervisors: an academic supervisor from the University of Haifa faculty and a supervisor at the organization where the practicum is being carried out. Students will be required to submit a full analytical report at the end of the semester about their practicum experience. The report will cover the theoretical background, the project, the organization, policy implications, bibliography and a personal journal.
Possible Practicum Locations
In addition to the practicum/internship, the program will furnish exposure to NGOs for Arab-Jewish and Israeli-Palestinian coexistence and Middle East peace processes. Field trips, simulation games, guest lectures and expert panel discussions will enhance the courses. The interactions between the program's international students coming from different countries will expand the students' experience and knowledge.
Possible Field Trip Locations
Role-playing simulations serve as one of the most effective educational instruments in the study of peace and conflict management. The simulations have two major educational motivations. The first is empathizing with the role that will be played. This requires learning about a political group’s interests, fears, previous experiences, internal divisions, norms and culture. The second element of the simulation is experiencing strategic decisionmaking. This requires learning how to collect information about the other actors as well as one’s own capabilities and limitations, formulation of detailed policy alternatives, predicting how the other actors will respond to each policy and experiencing the actual reaction of the other actors as well as unexpected initiatives of they might launch. The participants have the opportunity to backtrack and repeat the simulation and discover what would have happened if they had chosen an alternative strategy.