Peace and Reconciliation Master of Arts

Program overview
The Peace and Reconciliation Studies program offers a Master of Arts degree through the University of Maine’s M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program. Graduate-level courses in Peace and Reconciliation Studies focus on education for peace, human rights, nonviolence, tolerance, global understanding, interdependence and mutuality, and environmental responsibility. As a dramatically emerging field, Peace and Reconciliation Studies graduates will gain a firm grounding in both theory and practical skills related to peace, conflict resolution, human development and related issues.

Careers in Peace and Reconciliation Studies
A peace studies education prepares students for a wide variety of careers. Graduates become researchers, educators, negotiators, mediators, government officials, business people, activists and professionals in organizations focused on human rights, dispute resolution, environmental protection, international law, and human and economic development.

Program delivery
The graduate program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, of which 15-18 credits must be from Peace and Reconciliation courses. Another 9-12 credit hours can be drawn from graduate-level course in a variety of fields related to the students’ academic interests, including education and human development, political science, history, and more. Finally, all students will complete a 3-credit capstone during their final semester.

Peace and Reconciliation Studies courses:

  • PAX 350/598: Buddhism, Peace & Contemplative Traditions, 3 cr. online, asynchronous
  • PAX 351/598: This Sacred Earth: Ecology and Spirituality, 3 cr. online, asynchronous
  • PAX 360/598: Conflict Resolution: A Relational Approach to Working through Conflict, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 370/598: Building Sustainable Communities, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 380/598: Ecovillages & Ecocities:  Models of Global Restoration, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 398/598: Topics in Peace & Reconciliation Studies (varies each semester, 3 cr.)
  • PAX 400/500: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community, 3 cr. online, asynchronous, offered every spring
  • PAX 401/501: Women Activists: Warriors for Peace & Justice, 3 cr. online, asynchronous
  • PAX 410/510: Theories in Peace and Reconciliation Studies, 3 cr.
  • PAX 451:  Mediation: Premises, Practices & Policy, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 452:  Advanced Study in Transformative Mediation, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 453:  The Camden Conference, subject varies each year, 3 cr. live course, offered in several locations every spring
  • PAX 470:  Sustainable Communication:  The Theory & Practice of Nonviolent Communication, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 491/591: Forgiveness: Creating a Culture of Peace and Reconciliation, 3 cr.
  • PAX 498:  Special Projects in Peace Studies (independent study, available upon request and consultation with the program coordinator)
  • PAX 598:  Independent Graduate Study, 3 cr.

300 level courses may be taken for graduate credit, under the number PAX 598, through the following process: Notify Peace and Reconciliation Studies director Sid Mitchell of your intention to take the 300-level course as a graduate course. Consult with the course instructor about combining the content, goals and requirements of the course with a substantial graduate component. In conjunction with the instructor, write a proposal integrating the content and goals of the 300-level course with appropriate graduate-level work. Send a copy of your proposal to Sid Mitchell ( to keep as a record of the graduate work you have done.

Tuition and fees
For current information about tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s office.

To apply
Applications are processed through the University of Maine Graduate School. For more information, contact program coordinator Sid Mitchell (