Peace Operations, MS
Join other peacebuilding, government, and military professionals who are earning the country’s only master’s degree in Peace Operations. The program focuses on the study of international interventions that aim to restore or maintain peace and stability in areas affected by conflict or natural disaster. You will study post-conflict reconstruction, recovery and development, as well as diplomacy and security.
The aim of the program is to teach students to think critically about the challenges to bring about peace and stability; recognize and appreciate the interests of the diverse actors typically involved in peace operations; understand the negotiating strategies used to sort out competing goals; develop practical strategies for promoting collaboration and teamwork; and craft and share analyses and proposals for solutions through written and oral presentations.
Peace Operations graduates have been working abroad in places such as Afghanistan, Egypt, and France. In the U.S., they have been employed by such different organizations as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, SRA International, and a variety of offices in the U.S. government.
Peace Operations faculty members are internationally recognized for their scholarship, research, and advisory roles in the public and private sectors. Desmond Arias, the program director, is an expert on security and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Located in the Washington, D.C., Area
Classes are offered in Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government in the Washington, D.C., area on Mason’s Arlington campus in Virginia. Our great location offers students an opportunity to study with leading scholars and practitioners closely connected to the epicenter of policymaking and public service. Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals.