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

Career Outlook

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Scholarship available for international students living outside the United States or territories (subject to eligibility).

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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ELIGIBILITY FOR THE COVERDELL FELLOWS AWARD FOR RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS

 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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Claire FitzMorris

 

Coverdell Fellow Spotlight

From Wildcat to Coverdell Fellow 

While Claire FitzMorris was exploring options for international affairs programs and institutions that partner with the Coverdell program on the Peace Corps website, she discovered UNH’s Global Conflict and Human Security (GCHS) Master of Science program. The GCHS master’s program was the perfect fit. Read more about Claire here

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

Upon completion of the MS in Global Conflict and Human Security, students will be able to:

  • Describe and explain competing schools of thought on relevant issues in two key disciplines:
    • a) peace and conflict studies (prevention, causes, dynamics, consequences, and resolution of armed conflict, peacebuilding)
    • b) international development studies (strategies to enhance human security and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals).
  • Conduct conflict analyses for specific countries and develop policy recommendations for peacebuilding.
  • Conduct human security needs assessments and analyze the interrelatedness of distinct human security domains in specific contexts (economic security, food security, health security environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security).
  • Apply theory to practice by designing humanitarian and development programs that contribute to good governance and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Collect data and perform data analysis using qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
  • Implement a humanitarian or development program (if applicable).*
  • Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of humanitarian and development programs.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively across different cultures and social groups.

Deadlines

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

  • Fall: July 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.

Transcripts

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 grad.school@unh.edu. 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.

Resume

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

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. If your desired program is not on the form, departments prefer a full application be submitted. Preapplication requests 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.

Current Student Spotlight

  • Nishanth Arulappan

    CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE IN AREAS OF FRAGILITY

    Nishanth Arulappan felt there was more of life to experience and more pathways in which he could be an effective agent of change – beyond the everyday routine of a doctor in clinical practice. He searched for a graduate program that would provide him with theoretical and practical tools to pair with his medical knowledge, to prepare him to create positive change in contexts of state fragility.  A friend and colleague encouraged him to research UNH’s master’s degree in Global conflict and human security (GCHS).
     
    Nishanth found the GCHS program offered courses such as International Development and Human Security, Global Governance & Human Security, Environmental Security, Climate Change & Conflict, along with other courses in research methodology and project design and management in insecure contexts. Additionally, the program’s capstone has students designing their own development project or research project that is implemented in the field.
     

    Read more about Nishanth and other students' journeys

  • Alioune S. Mzeirigue
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    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE GCHS PROGRAM AT UNH? The Global Conflict and Human Security program is unique among grad programs. The program's course content analyzes conflicts and peacebuilding strategies, as well as negotiations and development, among other global and human security issues, and this attracted me. I found everything that I needed to succeed in my professional life in the GCHS program.

    HOW DOES WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED IN THIS PROGRAM APPLY TO YOUR CAREER? Every course in the GCHS program is essential to my career. From governance and human security to project management and design, I am learning precisely what my chief and supervisors were doing [back in my home country of Mauritania]. For instance, case studies are crucial in any international organization's work and the truth commission's analysis. My skills are built, my knowledge is sharpened, and I am more confident applying for advanced positions at the national, regional, and international levels. I can design a development project from scratch and manage it.

    WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR UNH EXPERIENCE SO FAR? The professors at UNH are highly qualified. I was impressed by the methods and the class discussions, tutoring services, and online library. 

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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

Scholarship available for international students living outside the United States or territories (subject to eligibility).

Course Fees: Specific courses may have additional course fees. Visit the course schedule for more information. 

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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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