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Master of Arts in War and Peace Studies

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Program Overview

This unique, one-year residential MA program at the Athens campus caters to students interested in the complex dynamics of peace, conflict, and political violence. It is designed to prepare graduates for careers in international affairs. As the only interdisciplinary MA program in Ohio that emphasizes both conflict and peacebuilding dynamics, students can expect to graduate with 21st century skills directed at solving some of the most challenging issues of our time.

Applications are now open for Ohio University’s Center for International Studies MA program in War & Peace Studies!

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Learning Outcomes

The WPS M.A. programs provide students with a strong grounding in core disciplines while giving them the opportunity to form their course of study around their professional and academic goals. Students can enroll in courses offered by a range of schools and departments across the university in disciplines of their interest. This flexible design of graduate curricula supports individualized learning experiences across disciplinary boundaries and allows student to take courses and capstone options that help them achieve and demonstrate the CIS M.A. learning outcomes below:

  1. Students will be able to synthesize core area or international studies concepts and theories within multiple disciplinary subfields and will acquire the skills to apply and evaluate these concepts to global opportunities and challenges.
  2. Students will be able to develop effective written and oral communication skills, characterized by the ability to write and present in the styles and forms that are acceptable in the professional world and/or for research in international studies.
  3. Students will be able to develop an effective research skill and demonstrate it in their capstone experience.


This 30-credit program is designed to be completed with 2 consecutive semesters in residence on our beautiful Athens campus.

Full program curriculum and handbook

Admissions Requirements

This program seeks qualified applicants interested in professional careers or further study in the fields on international conflict and peacebuilding.

Full Admission Requirements

Program Contact

Please contact the program director:
Dr. Jonathan Agensky
Director of War and Peace Studies
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science

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