Global Conflict and Human Security (M.S.)

Global Conflict and Human Security (M.S.)

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Our UNH Online Master of Global Conflict & Human Security prepares students to solve the world’s most pressing problems with a career in humanitarian relief and global development.

Credit Hours: 30   |    Program Length: 12 months

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Career Outlook

The World Bank estimates that by 2030, two-thirds of the globe’s extremely poor will be living in conflict-torn states, and the pandemic is exacerbating vulnerabilities to hunger, poverty, and violence. Last year the World Bank launched a new plan to address these global threats, the U.S. Congress dedicated $1.15 billion toward conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and the president added the USAID administrator to the National Security Council. With a renewed international commitment to solving these problems, you can be part of world change with a career in humanitarian relief, international development, and peacebuilding.

Why get a master’s degree in global conflict & human security?

The world’s most vulnerable communities are in fragile and conflict-affected states. Our transdisciplinary program cultivates a deep understanding of the drivers of violent conflict and the myriad challenges facing people in fragile states—from food scarcity to environmental degradation to terrorism. You will learn how to assess risk and threats to human security and promote social, economic and political development while building durable peace. GCHS prepares you for a career in the nonprofit, public or private sector.

Why choose UNH’s Master of GCHS program?

You will sharpen your problem-solving skills and learn strategies for enhancing human security through project-based courses taught by researchers and practitioners with decades of field experience. Are you interested in addressing gender-based violence? Countering violent extremism? Mitigating the effects of climate change? Developing humanitarian response plans? Design, implement and evaluate a project based on your interests. Build essential skills in data collection and analysis as well as project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for a career as a program manager, a fast-growing profession in the global development field. All courses are delivered 100% online during eight-week e-terms—ideal for working professionals. Our online courses are taught by the same full-time faculty who also teach our on-campus courses. This means you are getting the same education online as you would on campus.

Potential careers

  • Program Manager
  • Foreign aid specialist
  • Foreign service officer
  • Humanitarian aid worker
  • International consultant
  • International development specialist
  • Monitoring & evaluation officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Risk analyst
  • Social enterprise specialist
  • Social policy manager

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 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who enroll via the Coverdell Fellows program are eligible to receive over $4,000 education award ($4,266 for in-state students or $4,753 for out-of-state students.) This amount represents about 25% of the total tuition costs to pursue our Global Conflict & Human Security M.S.

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Curriculum & Requirements

The non-thesis MS degree in Global Conflict & Human Security is a ten course, thirty-credit program that can be completed in one year of full-time participation.

The United Nations delineates seven issues related to human welfare that fall under its human security framework: economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. Violent conflict threatens all of these.

This unique program reflects global discussions about a humanitarian-development-peace nexus as a platform for assisting people in conflict-affected societies. You will learn to design development programs that employ a holistic approach to provide humanitarian relief and build sustainable institutions and durable peace.

You will sharpen your critical thinking skills, learn techniques for addressing threats to human security and hone your ability to link theory to practice through project-based courses taught by industry leaders. You will acquire the skills to solve complex problems and improve the wellbeing of individuals in countries affected by state fragility, humanitarian crises and conflict.

The non-thesis MS degree in Global Conflict & Human Security can be completed in one year of full-time participation. Students must complete ten courses to graduate. All courses are offered online.

Required Courses
GCHS 810Conflict & Human Security3
GCHS 820Global Governance & Human Security3
GCHS 830Good Governance & Human Security3
GCHS 840Environmental Security, Climate Change & Conflict3
GCHS 850Peace and Human Security in the Post-Atrocity State3
GCHS 860Research Methods3
GCHS 870Statistics & Data Analysis3
GCHS 880Project Design3
GCHS 890Project Management3
GCHS 898Capstone: Non-Thesis3
Total Credits30

Student Learning Outcomes are under development.


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

GRE Optional

The GRE scores are optional, if you wish to provide scores please email the scores directly to the department once you have submitted your application online.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition for 2021-22 Academic Year:

  • $560 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $625 per credit for non-New Hampshire (NH) residents

Program Total Number of Credits: 30

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits $26.00
  • 5-8 credits $52.50
  • 9-16 credits $105.00

Additional Tuition & Fees Information

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans is the form of federal financial aid available to Graduate Students. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UNH priority deadline is March 1. This is the date by which the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor, however, if your application is received after March 1st you will still be considered for the Federal Direct Loan, which is not subject to the priority deadline.

The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Attend classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester).
  • Enrollment in a degree program.
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status.
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Employer tuition payments:
Tuition payments from students’ employer are accepted. Contact the Financial Aid Office for details.

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    A durable peace
    Growing up with media images of faraway children carrying machine guns struck a chord with Professor Melinda Negrón-Gonzales, lighting a spark that evolved to a lifelong interest in global studies and human conflict. Initially aspiring to journalism, she switched to anthropology, then eventually to...