The Master's Degree in the United Nations and the Art of Peace focuses on the study of 70 years of UN action in the fields of peace-making, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. It aims to allow students to become more knowledgeable on the matter as well as profit directly from the hindsight of the United Nations and academic experts in order to better assess and apprehend peace initiatives and understand the processes of preserving, defending and promoting peace in all their complexity.                                                                                                                                                

Built on the experiences and expertise developed by UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations Associations) and the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies at Kyung Hee University, this degree explores the different facets of the actions undertaken in the international field to promote, preserve and defend peace. The United Nations being at the center of this process for the last 70 years, the degree intend to use the UN both as a study subject as well as a source of expertise.                                                                                                                                                                                

The program is mainly designed for students of social sciences in the Republic of Korea that wish to pursue their post-graduate studies focusing on the promotion of peace possibly in view of securing an internship or a job in a relevant international or non-governmental organization.


  1. Academic Flexibility

This program offers choices about when, where and how students will learn. It can give valuable advantages in an increasingly competitive higher-education environment as greater flexibility can help meet the needs of a diverse range of students.

During their time of study, students are accommodated on campus and enjoy access to the sport and leisure facilities that are on offer. Students are able to experience the two magnificent campuses in Gwangneung and Seoul.

  1. Student-centered approach

The learner and learning experience will be at the center of the approach. Group work, participation in discussion fora and exercises in each module and the mixed team of tutors/lecturers per module are particular features of the program.                                                                                

  1. Innovative multicultural pedagogy

Understanding the diversities of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions or specific knowledge of the different partners is a central asset of this program.                                          

  1. Web-based learning community

Due to the specificity of humanitarian and peacebuilding activities based mostly on collaborative work and in order to put the learners in a situation as close as possible from field practice, a large portion of the learning activities and when possible of the assessments of each module will be based on collaborative work in order to create a virtual space of dialogue.                                                                                 

  1. UN Expertise

Students benefit directly from the United Nations expertise with the involvement of the Organization both in the planning and implementation phase of the degree. They also profit from the unique access to the institution that the implementing partners have.                                                                                              



Students benefit from an experienced faculty of scholars and practitioners, peer-to-peer collaboration, and a curriculum that reflects current theory and practice.                                             

A. Offline              


Code                                                                                     Module Title

UNAP-GIP                                                                            UN and International Organizations

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Contemporary International Relations

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Global Civil Society and Global Governance

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Peace Ideas

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Global Ethics & Justice

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Social Conflict, Inter-group Peace and Co-existence

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Global Development and governance

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Environmental & Sustainable Development

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Human Rights: Theory & Praxis

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Peace through Commerce

UNAP-GIP                                                                            The Future and Development Policy


B. Online                                                                                        


Code                                                                                     Module Title

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Conflict resolution

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Introduction to peace operations

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Human security and peacebuilding

UNAP-GIP                                                                            Good governance and peacebuilding


The Master in the United Nations and the Art of Peace is a Master's Degree certified by Kyung Hee University in collaboration with UNITAR and WFUNA, awarded according to the rules and regulations set by the Korean education system.

Giving its specificity, it does not give general access to Doctoral studies (Ph.D. and similar).

Validation of credits for access to such programs can be requested from competent institutions.

For more information on admissions and the GIP curriculum, students should contact ""

For more information on courses offered by UNITAR, students should contact ""                                                                                              


The GIP implements a system of accreditation in order to grant academic degrees, instructional objectives and relevant government requirements. All students will be duly accredited after having satisfied the academic requirements.                                                                                              

Course requirements

In order to receive a Master's degree, students must obtain minimum more than 24 credits from GIP and 4 online courses from UNITAR.                                                                               

Comprehensive Examination

Students who have obtained at least 18 credits are expected to take a comprehensive examination.                                                                                              


Every student is required to complete one month or more internship in order to fulfill their graduation requirement at an institution of his/her choice with the approval of the school administration. The student should report the progress and the result of the internship to the administration.

Students enrolled at the United Nations and the Art of Peace program will have the opportunity to participate in the following internship openings.

UNITAR shall guarantee a total number of 12 internship per year in the following locations:

New York: 4 positions

Geneva: 4 positions

Other locations: 4 positions.

WFUNA shall guarantee a total number of 4 internships per year in the following locations:

New York: 1 position

Geneva: 1 position

Seoul: 2 positions

Internship shall be unpaid. UNITAR and WFUNA shall cover local transportation costs in the form of a one-time contribution of 100 USD/month for selected candidates.                              

Conferment of Degree

Student who has met all requirements for a Master's degree will be granted a Master's degree of Peace Studies.



The GIP provides several programs to shape a new generation of professionals and leaders with intelligence and human relations skills.

The GIP provides various academic scholarships based on needs and competition.                                                                                              

Scholarship of Excellence (Scholarship for tuition)

Scholarship for tuition is available based on need and academic excellence for students who are enrolled to the Department of United Nations and Art of Peace.                                                 

Internship Subvention

GIP students can apply for additional scholarship provided by Kyung Hee University programs such as the Global Academy for Future Civilizations scholarship and the Citibank-Kyung Hee scholarship.                                                                                              

Assistant Stipend

While studying at the GIP, selected students will have an opportunity to work as TA (teacher's assistants) or administrative assistants. school will offer selected students financial support while working as an assistant.    

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