AUR’s M.A. program in 'Peace Studies: Human Security in the Mediterranean and Beyond' addresses the critical societal need to promote the resolution of conflicts, and intercultural, and inter-religious dialogue. The mission of the program is to educate future professionals, scholars, and activists who will be able to contribute to peace-building initiatives and conflict management.


What causes conflicts and what contributes to peace? How can we understand the ever-changing landscape of global crises and tensions? How do the research and study of particular religious traditions and social and political ideas and institutions contribute to conflict resolution, promotion of peace, religious and cultural diversity, cross-cultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation in our increasingly interconnected world?

Tensions, conflicts and crises are an ever-present reality in today's world, in some cases threatening both local and global societies. To try to reverse the course of these processes is not a simple task. Scholars and professionals who understand the sources and significance of the complex processes involved are vital in helping to address these challenges.


The 15-month M.A. program consists of 10 core courses held on campus over two semesters, followed by a thesis.


Our tuition & fees are published in U.S. Dollars & Euros. How you pay is dependent upon your citizenship and/or permanent residence. You can find out full information in our Fees & Finance section.

  • Program Tuition (full time, 3 semesters): 25,700 US Dollars / 21,000 Euros
    The tuition fee covers attempted credits required for each respective M.A. program. Any additional attempted credits must be paid for, according to the prescribed fee.

First semester: $12,250 / €10,000
Second semester: $12,250 / €10,000
Final semester: $1,200 / €1,000



One cannot emphasize enough the strength that our location gives to this program. Rome and the Mediterranean, with their historical significance and prominence in contemporary international affairs and conflicts, are central to the program. The proximity of other centers and areas relevant to contemporary global affairs in peace and conflict – the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe – is an additional advantage to our location.

Furthermore, Rome is home to a diverse range of multinational political, humanitarian, religious and research institutions. The city is not only the center of Roman Catholicism: it has a vibrant religious landscape, with historically important Jewish, Protestant and Islamic communities. As such, students have the opportunity to engage with the topics that this discipline exposes them to in the classroom in their daily life in Rome. 


The mission of the program is to educate postgraduate students in both the theory and practice of understanding and resolving conflicts. The curriculum provides students with a distinct perspective vis-à-vis international conflicts and peacemaking by fostering an in-depth understanding of religion and religious institutions in relation to world conflicts. This course of study also promotes cultural sensitivity and enables students to understand diverse perspectives and narratives as important elements in the causes of conflict and the various approaches employed in the pursuit of peace.


In order to complete the MA degree in Peace Studies students are required to write an MA thesis. The thesis will expand students’ knowledge on a particular subject, and will prepare them for future professional work or further research. Upon completing the MA thesis students will be able to demonstrate:

  • The writing skills necessary for producing a high-quality academic paper
  • The ability to practically apply the research methods and knowledge they acquired during their course work
  • The ability to conduct a research project in Peace Studies: Religions in Times of Conflict, at the graduate level

Successful completion of the MA thesis contributes 6 credits to the overall degree.

Work on the MA thesis consists of preparations for the thesis, which includes intensive consultations with the thesis advisor, research work, and thesis writing, all of which draw upon the technical skills cultivated by a humanities Master’s degree. Upon successful submission of the MA thesis, students are required to defend the thesis in form of an oral examination. Students are examined by a committee of three professors, thesis advisor, and two other reviewers with an expertise in the field related to the thesis topic. If possible, the examination committee should have one external member.

The MA thesis may be related to the practical work, and based on experiences, knowledge and data collected by the student during their internship.


Upon completing the Master’s program in Peace Studies, students will be able to:

  • Analyze how religions and religious institutions contribute to modern societies and to the attempts to overcome contemporary challenges such as religious fundamentalism, ecological/economic/humanitarian crises, immigration, and intolerance 
  • Discuss the historical and contemporary involvements of religion in various forms of political culture
  • Demonstrate high-level knowledge and understanding of religious traditions relevant to Rome, Italy and the Mediterranean, and to analyze the cultures and social and political systems under their influence
  • Demonstrate high-level skills in inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue, negotiation, diplomacy, conflict resolution and crisis management.


AUR’s MA in Peace Studies: Religions in Times of Conflict is designed to offer students a wide range of possible career paths.

Potential careers may include:

  • Prospective PhD students and independent researchers in the field of Peace and Religious Studies.
  • Conflict resolution and intercultural dialogue professionals
  • Program coordinators of religious organizations and other NGOs with focuses on religion and society
  • Journalists/reporters on religion, religious and political conflicts
  • Professionals engaged in the prevention of religious fundamentalism and religion-based social conflicts
  • Work in international organizations
  • Professionals and scholars in the field of international affairs
  • Public policy makers and other public offices that require knowledge of religious issues
  • A diplomatic career in the countries where religion and religious institutions play an important role in politics and society