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University for Peace MA in Indigenous Science and Peace Studies
University for Peace

MA in Indigenous Science and Peace Studies

Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica

2 Semesters


Full time

31 May 2024

Aug 2024

USD 19,500 / per year *

Blended, On-Campus

* 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


Is it for you?

Do you want to solve today’s global crises facing humanity by transforming outdated paradigms?

Are you inspired to learn how Indigenous knowledge and Western science can be employed across disciplines and professions to transform crises and conflicts, and build peace?

Do you want to spend a year studying in an academically challenging environment, at a global university with students, faculty, and Indigenous Elders drawn from around the world?


The confluence of cutting-edge Western and Indigenous science and knowledge has opened the doors to a new paradigm of peace and development. The Master of Arts in Indigenous Science and Peace Studies (ISPS) brings these two ways of knowing together to challenge a failing framework with time-tested methodologies that sustain life and create transformative opportunities amidst the global catastrophes we face right now. The transformation of policy, diplomacy, development models, and innovative technologies in ways that respect the interconnections of people and facilitate stronger and more sustainable solutions across all sectors of society, is at the core of the program. Taught from the perspective of indigenous science and wisdom, ISPS offers students the opportunity to be immersed in exchanges with Indigenous knowledge keepers, community leaders, scholars, and scientists from around the globe. They will be required to conduct research into one of their ancestral lineages to deepen the understanding of their earth-based connections. Students will learn about indigenous science methodologies, decoloniality, and the legacies of modernity and colonialism. Throughout the program, students will be challenged to learn more about their own identities. This approach enables students to embody life-sustaining principles in their work on behalf of people’s sovereignty, self-determination, and peace. ISPS will focus students’ determination and skills, igniting a clear fire vision for Earth’s renewal.


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