Master of Science in Peace Operations

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Training in the Theory and

Practice of Peace Operations

Investigate the Role of Intervention & Earn a Master’s Degree in Peace Operations

The Peace Operations degree at George Mason University focuses on the study of international interventions that aim to restore or maintain peace and stability in areas affected by conflict or natural disaster, with accompanying humanitarian catastrophe.

Students study post-conflict reconstruction, recovery and development, as well as diplomacy and security.

Students tackle a wide range of issues, including

  • Provision of humanitarian assistance
  • Repatriation or resettlement of refugees
  • Conducting elections and building democracy
  • Establishing the rule of law
  • Demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration of ex-combatants
  • And more.

Our graduates are uniquely qualified to step into governmental, non-governmental, military, and international positions. Many have been working abroad in places such as Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Egypt, France, Ghana, Haiti, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, and Tajikistan.

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Courses You’ll Take

 Peace Operations I
Studies of emerging theories of peace operations, including peace-making activities of United Nations and other diplomatic initiatives; peace-building activities of international organizations and nongovernmental organizations; and peace support provided by international militaries.

 Peace Operations II
A focus on the practical knowledge, skills, and abilities required of professional practitioners in the field of international interventions. Guest lectures from experts provide practical information for future staff of peace operations.

Experiential Applications
A study of institutional mindsets, characteristics, and behaviors of actors involved in peace operations. Readings, role-plays, and research underpin the class.

The Interagency Process
An examination of the U.S. Interagency process as it relates to peace operations. The course explores recent policy directives, frameworks, and initiatives developed to address interagency cooperation.