Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding

Learn from research and practice, understand the causes of violent conflicts, contribute to peace.

Program overview

The MAS in Civilian Peacebuilding program aims at understanding how civilian peacebuilding can transform violent conflicts by using peaceful means, promoting peace, rebuilding societies affected by war and preventing violence from re-emerging. This MAS program bridges academic findings with current insights from peacebuilding practice.

Your benefits

  • Understand latest academic findings on violent conflict and conflict prevention
  • Peacebuilding and mediation skills training
  • Learn how to design and support peacebuilding programs
  • Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice


These postgraduate programs are designed for professionals interested in combining current academic insights and practical knowledge in peace and conflict studies.

A minimum of two years of professional experience in a relevant field and a university degree (minimum BA), or an equivalent educational background, are required.

Structure of the program

In addition the the framework courses, MAS participants select three out of the four CAS programs offered:

For more information take a look at our program framework.


Leading international scholars and experienced practitioners from governmental bodies, civil society, international organizations and the private sector facilitate this program.

Course coordinators:
Ursina Bentele & Franziska Sigrist, swisspeace

Methodology & Assignments

Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, skills training, case studies, structured reflection, simulation exercises and self-study.


Successful participants are awarded a Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding (60 ECTS) offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

Any questions about this program?

Please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you cannot find the information you are looking for, our staff will happily answer your questions (contact us).