MA in Environment, Development, and Peace
University for Peace
San Jose, Costa Rica
USD 19,500 / per year *
Earliest start date
28 Aug 2023
* fees may be paid via online credit card payment or international wire transfers to our bank location in Costa Rica in USD only. American Express and Discover cards not accepted
The Master of Arts Degree in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP) provides comprehensive training in issues of sustainable development, environmental governance, natural resource management, and environmental conflict management from both ecological and social perspectives. It encompasses a broad range of subjects and themes, including Food Systems, Water Management, Forestry, Coastal Resources, Climate Change, Urban Ecology, and Social Movements. The program focuses on the human dimensions of the environment-development nexus, highlighting the connections between local perspectives and broader processes at the national, regional and global levels and emphasizing the importance of political-economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in both environmental and development policy and programming in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
There are currently 4 specializations within the EDP degree:
- Specialization in Environmental Security and Governance,
- Specialization in Sustainable Natural Resource Management,
- Specialization in Climate Change Policy, and
- Specialization in Sustainable Food Systems.
The University for Peace is characterized by its diversity and multiculturalism. For 2018-2019, we have 174 students from 55 countries (166 women vs. 58 men). As a result, our campus is always full of student activities, most of them organized by the students themselves. In past years, we have had yoga classes, conversation classes in different languages, the celebration of cultural nights (Asian night, Latin night, European night, etc.), as well as institutional activities open to students (Zumba classes, academic "brown bag" lunches, etc.).
- Human Vulnerability and Climate Change Adaptation
- Natural Resource Management Field Course
- Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation
- Disaster Risk Reduction
The Master of Arts Degree in Environment, Development, and Peace prepares students for a wide range of careers in both environmental and development policy and programming in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.