Peace Studies in Israel for Master's Degree
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Peace studies programs focus on resulting conflicts on an international level. What a better place to learn about international animosities than the Middle East? Your studies could not be more relevant! Students could learn on cultural, ethnic and religious frictions in the highly divided Israeli society, and see the different ways they are dealt with in the international arena as well as in local forums. Of course, they also address various aspects of the Israeli Palestinian disagreement.
In addition to the theoretical courses in these English graduate programs
, students will also take part in practical assignments, such as conflict resolution workshops. In some programs, students have to volunteer in an NGO during their studies.
Field trips are another aspect of the study tracks. Students get to see for themselves the life and challenges of minorities in Israel as well as the results of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Students will visit in Eastern Jerusalem, Southern Tel Aviv neighborhoods as well as in other places.
Some programs are one-year tracks (three semesters) while others are completed in two years. In case students wish to complete a thesis, they must take a two-year track. Additionally, there are non-degree programs for graduate students, related to peace and conflict resolution, that are usually a few weeks long.
Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution include courses in:
* Cross Cultural Perspectives of Dispute Resolution
* Public Diplomacy
* Peace Negotiations
* International Law
* Peacekeeping Operations
* Politics of the Middle East
* Humanitarian Aid in Battle Zones
Candidates must complete their undergraduate studies with a GPA of 80 (3.0) or above. In case candidates are not native English speakers and did not complete their undergraduate studies in an English speaking country, they must take an English proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS). In addition, candidates are requested to submit three recommendation letters and an application essay.
The tuition fees of the one-year track are approx. $10,000 - $17,000 per program. Students of the two-year program pay approx. $9,500 - $15,000 per year.
Tel Aviv University – offers only a one-year non thesis track. TAU's Conflict Resolution and Mediation program wishes to prepare its graduates to work in the private and public sectors as mediators and negotiators.
University of Haifa – offers a one year track without thesis or a two year track for students who wish to complete their thesis. The program focuses mainly on the Middle East with a special emphasis on ethno-national clashes. All students are required to gain field experience by working in one of dozens possible NGOs in Haifa and the area.
Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Be'er-Sheva) – offers the Politics of Conflicts program; students can choose to write a thesis or complete their studies in a non-thesis track. The program focuses mainly on Israeli society both in terms of the international rivalries in the Middle East as well as on the challenges of minorities residing in Israeli (both Israeli and non-Israeli citizens).
IDC Herzliya – offers a M.A. in government specializing on Diplomacy and Conflict Studies. The track focuses mainly on international belligerencies around the world and, unlike other programs, does not focus on Israel in particular. Field trips include a visit to NATO HQ in Belgium and to Israel Foreign Ministry. The program includes many hours of theoretical and practical study of negotiation techniques on the international sphere.
GIMI - Galilee International Management Institute (Nahalal, near Nazareth) - offers non-degree seminars regarding the Middle East and its contentions. The" Political Science and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" seminar combines theoretical studies and field trips and aim to give participants a more profound knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.