The M.A. in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies is designed to prepare students for
careers in fields such as security and intelligence, human rights, humanitarian work,
peacebuilding, international development, post-conflict reconstruction and community
advocacy/organizing. Its focus is the study of conditions that promote both negative
peace (absence of violence) and positive peace (setting a foundation for a just and
sustainable society). Our program provides opportunities to enroll in small classes,
enhance your data analysis and research skills, receive personalized mentoring, and
gain independent teaching experience. Students may also apply to earn a full-tuition
waiver, stipend and health insurance by working as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA).
Six hours of thesis (POLS 5000) OR three hours in Directed Study (POLS 5100) AND Formal
Report (POLS 5020)
Twelve hours of electives in two thematic areas: Conflict & Peace Studies and Justice
& Sustainability. Students must take at least one class in each (some restrictions
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As a graduate teaching assistant (GTA), you will receive a monthly stipend, health
insurance and tuition waiver.
Research and Faculty
Our faculty are well recognized for their expertise and featured in high
visibility media outlets. OSU's Political Science program prides itself in the high
quality research produced by their faculty, including NSF-funded research, but we
are especially proud of mentoring the next generation of scholars and policy practitioners.
Official undergraduate transcripts
Personal statement outlining your interest in the program and what you hope to achieve
with help of an M.A. (1-2 pages)
Email addresses of three individuals willing to write a letter of recommendation,
academic references are preferred.
3.0 undergraduate GPA
*Note: Application fee waiver offered for current and former McNair Scholars
TOEFL scores required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers
March 1 (fall admission with funding consideration)
Cost & Assistance
The size of our program allows us to offer graduate assistantships to qualified students. These assistantships provide students with a tuition waiver, health insurance and
a stipend during the academic year. Graduate teaching assistants (GTA) are typically
responsible for attending lectures, holding office hours, leading discussion sections
and assisting with the administration of assigned undergraduate course(s).
In addition, there are opportunities to obtain financial support to present your research