The MA Program in Peace and Conflict Management Studies is a rigorous, one-year program of study that introduces the field of conflict management through both international and regional lenses. While special attention is given to Middle East conflicts, the program also presents conceptual, comparative and practical elements of conflict management from different parts of the world. In addition to the great variety of courses within fields such as political science, international relations, psychology, sociology, communications, history and Middle East Studies, the program offers a wide range of exciting and enriching activities. These activities include field trips throughout Israel connected to local and regional conflicts; a practicum component in NGOs related to aspects of peacemaking and conflict management; thoughtful simulations of decisionmaking, negotiations and conflict management; and guest lectures given by activists, practitioners, politicians, diplomats, academics and former military officials.

The curriculum also examines specific case studies of conflict and uses the Middle East and Israel as a living classroom for empirical learning.

The program is based in the Faculty of Social Sciences in cooperation with the International School at the University of Haifa. The master’s degree is awarded by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

As a deeply divided society and a country in protracted conflict with other countries in the region, Israel is a unique environment for a program whose goal is to enable students to understand how conflicts unfold from a grassroots level and move up through the halls of government to the international community. Israel supplies excellent field study opportunities that allow students to see how attempts to manage conflicts and promote coexistence, mutual understanding, and peace processes actually develop and take root. Israel is a real-time hands-on working laboratory for advanced international and Israeli students, offering encounters with ongoing conflicts as well as successful and failed efforts to achieve peace.

The main objectives of the program are to:

1. Provide students with an invaluable opportunity to learn about discord around the world, and especially the specific conflicts within Israeli society and the Middle East;
2. Endow students with theoretical knowledge and practical tools to deal with ethno-national conflicts and peace-building;
3. Provide students with field experience that will build skills, knowledge and unique perspectives which can be applied to future careers.

In order to obtain these objectives, the program examines case studies of conflict and peacemaking among ethnic groups, nations and states from both a domestic and an international perspective. 

The program begins in the fall and runs for three consecutive semesters from October to September. This is an interdisciplinary program and courses cover the following subjects:

1. The sources, types and levels of conflicts and how they develop
2. Conflict management and ways to foster peace processes
3. Research methodology
4. Field practicum (internship)

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Core Course - 4 Hours Core Course - 4 Hours Two Elective Courses - 8 Hours
(Track B Only)
Research Methods - 4 Hours Practicum - 4 Hours Thesis Research Paper
(Track A Only)
Two Elective Courses - 8 Hours Elective Course - 4 Hours  
Total: 16 Total: 12 Total: 8


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