The following list is compiled in order to allow students to see some of the possible graduate program opportunities open to students in Social Justice and Peace Studies.  Since the creation of these resources, information may have changed.  Be sure that you investigate for any updates. This list is by no means exhaustive and we would appreciate your suggestions.

Examples of keywords to use in your search for graduate programs: peace and conflict, conflict resolution, (human) security, social justice, peace, international relations, international studies, development, international development, dispute resolution, international affairs, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, community development, peace research, peace education, transitional justice,  gender and development, gender and conflict, food security.
Graduate Programs at Canadian Universities

Brock University (St. Catherines, Ontario)

Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario)

Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario)

Mount Saint Vincent Univeristy (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Royal Roads University (Victoria, British Columbia)

St Mary's University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

St Paul University (Ottawa, Ontario) 

University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia)

University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario)

University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan)

University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia)

University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario)

York University (Toronto, Ontario) 

Ontario Institute for Secondary Education

Universities Canada - From the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)

International Graduate Programs

Clark University

International Development, Community, and Environment Graduate Programs (Worcester, MA)

  • The Community Development and Planning (CDP) program prepares current and future community development practitioners, activists, and scholars to take on the challenges and struggles facing urban areas in the United States. In the program, students learn alternative ways of thinking and transforming communities to achieve greater equity and social justice.

Website: http://clarku.edu/departments/idce/programs/cdp/default.html

  • For over thirty years, the International Development and Social Change (IDSC) program has prepared students to tackle the challenges of global poverty, inequity, and injustice. The IDSC program addresses these deep-seated problems through teaching, research, and practice. Our long experience in the field has made us skeptical of easy solutions. Therefore, we help students develop the analytical skills necessary to understand the complex relationships among history, politics, development, and power, and the social relations in which they are embedded. We combine a strong intellectual focus on social theory and its power to explain and critique, with a passion for social, economic, and environmental justice through action.

Website: http://clarku.edu/departments/idce/programs/idsc/default.html

School of International Service, American University (Washington, D.C.)

  • The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program has a history that began with the students themselves. Students in the School of International Service called for peace and conflict resolution studies and in the 1980s faculty began to offer courses in peace and conflict resolution studies. It was not long before there was greater demand by students and faculty to have more course offerings in the program and by 1995 a full Master of Arts degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution was inaugurated. With the beginning of the MA degree and later additional dual and joint degree programs, IPCR has grown steadily over the past years.

Now with eight tenure-track faculty identified as IPCR faculty as well as temporary and adjunct faculty who bring a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience of the field, IPCR is a dynamic and growing part of American University. The faculty, staff and students pride themselves on the international, inter-disciplinary, inter-linking aspects of the courses and degree programs now being offered.
Program website: http://www.american.edu/sis/ipcr/index.cfm

The University of London, School of Advanced Study, Human Rights Consortium

Students and graduates may be interested in our graduate programme in human rights - the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. It is the longest-running interdisciplinary, practice-oriented human rights MA programme in the UK. Our priority is to equip students with practical skills, such as advocacy, research, and fundraising, essential to working in the field of human rights.

This degree was founded by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and is now offered through the Institute's Human Rights Consortium to reflect the international nature of the course. Read my blog post to find out more about the degree programme.

The James Manor Bursary Scheme was made available from the academic year 2012-13. Up to four bursaries, equal to 50% of the applicable tuition fee, will be available for both UK/EU and international  fee-paying students commencing study in October 2014 on the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights.

In addition to all of the advantages of studying human rights in London, where so many human rights organizations have a presence, I’m also pleased to say that our students report high satisfaction rates. In the 2013 national postgraduate student surveys, we received higher than national average satisfaction rates, with 85% of our MA students stating that their teaching and learning experience exceeded their expectations and 88% of our research degree students reporting that their overall experience exceeded their expectations.

Many of the postgraduate courses offered at SAS are unavailable elsewhere and I would be most grateful if you could pass this email on and/or display information about our postgraduate degrees to those considering postgraduate study in human rights.

Many thanks in advance for your help,

Dr Damien Short
Director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) and a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study


The Human Rights Consortium, hosted and administrated through the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, facilitates, promotes and disseminates academic and policy work on human rights. The Consortium brings together individuals with expertise in human rights from within the School of Advanced Study and from external institutions and organizations in order to foster collaboration on human rights research. We encourage our students at MA and PhD level to get involved with the development of research projects in order to add new dimensions to their studies.

The School of Advanced Study, University of London (SAS) provides a truly unique scholarly community in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. SAS is the UK’s national centre for the support and promotion of research in the humanities and provides unparalleled research services and resources to scholars across the UK and the world. It offers a range of specialist postgraduate study and research programmes in its areas of expertise: art history, French/German/Hispanic/Italian/Portuguese cultures and literatures, history (including cultural history and the history of the book), human rights, international corporate governance and financial regulation, international politics and development, Latin American studies, law, legislative studies, taxation.

Find out more about our degrees and funding opportunities:

We would be delighted to welcome you to SAS, to meet our staff and students. Please come along to one of our free public events - we hold around 1,800 conferences, seminars and lectures each year and all are welcome to attend these.  

Contact us to find out more about our postgraduate study opportunities and to arrange an individual visit to SAS at:

E: sas.registry@sas.ac.uk T: +44 (0)20 7862 8661 / 8663 / 8823 / 8834

The University for Peace (San Jose, Costa Rica)

Headquartered in Costa Rica, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. As determined in the Charter of the University, the mission of the University for Peace is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”

Available degrees include:

  • Environmental Security and Governance
  • Environmental Security and Governance – Specialization in Climate Change and Security (CSS)
  • Gender and Peace Building
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • International Law and the Settlement of Disputes
  • International Peace Studies
  • Asia Leaders Programme
  • Media, Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  • Peace Education
  • Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development
  • Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace
  • ONLINE MA in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World

Homepage: http://www.upeace.org
Masters Programs website: http://www.upeace.org/academic/masters/index.cfm

Centre for Christian Studies (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

The Centre for Christian Studies is a Canadian theological school that has been training women and men for ministry since 1892. Its roots are in the deaconess training schools of the Anglican and United Churches of Canada. Students on a path toward diaconal ministry - a ministry of compassion and justice-seeking grounded in the example of Jesus who "did not come to be served, but to serve" (Mark 10:45) - appreciate CCS's values of community, diversity, creativity, and right relationships.

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CCS provides programs to students from across Canada who are training to be diaconal ministers. We also provide theological programs for those seeking new skills for their life in faith, and for ministers seeking continuing education. Most of our students come from the United Church of Canada or the Anglican Church of Canada, but we welcome students of all denominations.

The Centre for Christian Studies is committed to "living a theology of justice."

  • Theme year in Social Ministry

What are the real roots of the unequal distribution of wealth and power in our world? How can we challenge and change racism, sexism, homophobia and militarism? How do we build community locally and globally in ways that are respectful and inclusive? What would it mean to be good stewards of all creation? The Social Ministry Year is a challenging and inspiring learning opportunity for anyone who wants to:

  • Explore the prophets, the biblical vision of Jubilee, the changing understanding of mission in our churches
  • Develop theologies of liberation and justice
  • Discover how to become an agent of change

Home page: http://www.ccsonline.ca

Program Website: http://ccsonline.ca/program/

International Graduate Program Databases:

Peterson's Graduate Program Database - example queries for your search: peace and conflict, conflict resolution, (human) security, social justice, peace, international relations, international studies, development, international development, dispute resolution, international affairs, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, community development, peace research, peace education, international development studies.