Study Conflict Resolution at University of Malta in 2016-17: The George Mason/U of Malta Dual Degree Program

by Rich Rubenstein on May 26, 2016 · 0 comments

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Students interested in Peace and Conflict Studies:

THERE IS STILL TIME TO APPLY TO THE 2016-17 DUAL DEGREE MASTER’S PROGRAM IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND MEDITERRANEAN SECURITY TAUGHT IN MALTA!

One of the world’s most interesting graduate programs is the intensive Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security taught in Malta by George Mason University and University of Malta faculty, now entering its sixth year of operation.

Students study for 13 months and earn two degrees, one from each university. The degrees equip students to work in the fields of conflict resolution, diplomacy, international and community development, and humanitarian relief, among others. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in institutions ranging from NGOs to government agencies, international organizations, think tanks, businesses, universities, and the news media.

Classes, taught in the University of Malta’s historic headquarters in Valletta (a UNESCO World Heritage city) begin on October 3, 2016 and run through June 5, 2017 with a 3 week break at Christmas and a 2 week Easter break. Students are in class for 4/5 hours per day Mondays through Thursdays. During this time, they also do research projects in Malta and other Mediterranean locales. They spend the summer writing the thesis in a location of their choice, and graduate in the fall.

The student cohort (usually 15-20) is unusually diverse, highly motivated, and closely-knit. Students live off campus (apartment or house rentals in Malta are among the lowest cost in Europe) and are able to take advantage of the island’s marvelous climate, rich cultural and entertainment offerings, and mid-Mediterranean location.

The 15 courses they take, all taught by internationally recognized experts, include Intro to Conflict Resolution, Theories of Conflict and Resolution, Conflict and Human Rights, Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue, Negotiation, Reflective Practice, Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict, Economic Issues in Conflict, Security Issues in Conflict, Conflict and the Media, Conflict, Religion and Reconciliation, Environmental Conflicts, and Conflict and Law, as well as courses in Research Methods and Thesis Preparation. Students generally consider the professors among they best they have ever encountered.

The relative shortness of this program and the low cost of living in Malta make it one of the great bargains in international education. The 2016-17 class is filling up, but further applications will be considered until maximum enrollment is reached. For further information and on-line application materials, see the website at
https://www.um.edu.mt/icp/MSc-Conflict-Analysis-Resolution.

And feel free to contact University Prof. Rich Rubenstein at rrubenst@gmu.edu if you have questions.

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