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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Master of Arts in Peace & Conflict Studies - Policy Analysis

The Peace and Conflict Studies program addresses the causes of conflict and methods to build peace. It draws on a variety of disciplines, including cultural studies, criminal justice, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, economics, and sociology, to address the field’s central questions:

  • What are the causes and conditions that generate and sustain violent and nonviolent conflict?
  • What are the principles and methods for the resolution of the violent and nonviolent conflict?
  • What are the norms, practices, and institutions for building peace?

The Peace and Conflict Studies program is ideal for students with a bachelor’s degree, as well as returning students with experience in a variety of work and community settings.

Campus Information


UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Peace and Conflict Studies graduates can have careers in peacebuilding, economic development and security, conflict resolution, diplomacy, mediation, business, and nonprofit management, human rights advocacy, community planning and policy analysis, violence prevention, and education. The program prepares students for doctoral work, as many alumni are currently enrolled in doctoral programs.

Alumni of our program have attained jobs as:

  • Executive Director, Metrowest Mediation Services
  • Community Relations Manager, International Institute of New England
  • Executive Director, African Community Center, Lowell
  • Program Manager, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Cambodia
  • Administrative Services Manager, Human Resources, Tufts University
  • Research Analyst, Documentation Center of Cambodia
  • Policy Analyst, Governance Commission, Liberia
  • Instructor in Mediation, UMass Lowell
  • Coordinator of International Operations, International Students & Scholars Office at UMass Lowell

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

International Applicants

  • Students for whom English is not a national language must also submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

All doctoral and master’s degree programs at UMass Lowell require the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test, with the exception of the Master of Business Administration (MBA), which requires the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).

The College of Education Initial Licensure Programs require copies of the appropriate MTEL scores. Other Master of Education and Education Specialist programs require proof of an initial or professional teacher license appropriate to the field. Not all M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs require the GRE. Doctoral programs in education require GRE scores. 

Statement of Purpose

In a separate document, submit a brief statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. Two pages recommended maximum.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide (names and email addresses) referees during the application process and an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. 

Official Transcripts

Provide a complete and official transcript from the institution that awarded or will award you a bachelor’s degree. You may also include transcripts from other institutions at which you have taken relevant coursework. Please note that waiting for additional transcripts may delay review of your application.