Master in Peace & Humanitarian Management

Become a Peacemaker of Tomorrow


The Master in Peace & Humanitarian Management (M.A. P&HM) programme is designed to cultivate leaders capable of addressing the complex challenges in the fields of peacebuilding and humanitarian aid. With a curriculum that spans 120 ECTS credits, this programme integrates theoretical knowledge with practical skills, preparing students for impactful careers in international peace and humanitarian sectors. The M.A. P&HM offers a unique blend of university-wide courses and specialised subjects, culminating in a thesis or capstone project. This programme is structured to impart a comprehensive understanding of peace and conflict theories, the UN system, research methodologies, and practical training for working in conflict-affected areas. The integration of theory and practice ensures that graduates are well-equipped to contribute effectively to peacebuilding efforts worldwide.

Online delivery

Practical learning, projects, and learning through research.

Flexible programme

All programs are totally flexible and can be started at any time. Work at your own pace.

Support 24/7

Our support team is available every day to make sure that your education runs smoothly.  

Course Fees

Application fee : N/A
Tuition Fees : €5,490/year

Partial scholarships up to 60% off are offered subject to approval. Discounts available for payments made in full prior to commencing the programme.

 Scholarship application

Teaching methodologies

The main teaching and learning methods at SSBR includes virtual classroom lectures, webinars and tutorials, practical learning, projects, and learning through research.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

Flexible courses to fit around your busy schedule

Highly qualified and experienced professors available to help you get the qualification you deserve.


The M.A. in Peace & Humanitarian Management is meticulously crafted to transform students into professionals with a strategic outlook, decision-making capabilities, project leadership, and adaptability in competitive and demanding environments. It encompasses a practical and research-based approach, aimed at junior executives seeking to elevate their strategic management skills within the peace and humanitarian sectors. Spanning one and a half academic years (it CAN be completed in less), this master’s programme involves guided learning through virtual classrooms, seminars, webinars, and individual and group study. The diverse curriculum includes units on international peace studies, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, international law, and human rights protection, among others, totalling 120 credits. Through this programme, SSBR aims to address the training needs of participants, broadening their career prospects and enhancing their ability to make a significant impact in the fields of peace and humanitarian aid.  
First semester
Introduction To International Peace Studies (10 ECTS) Peacebuilding And Peacekeeping (10 ECTS) Peacekeeping Operations and Humanitarian Assistance (10 ECTS) Comparative Peace Processes (10 ECTS)  
Second semester
Animal Welfare–Environment–Sustainable Development (10 ECTS) International Law and Human Rights Protection (10 ECTS) Global Citizenship Education (10 ECTS) Principles Of Business for Non-Profit Organizations (10 ECTS)
Third Semester
Education In Emergencies(10 ECTS) Thesis (30 ECTS)
Admissions Requirements

            Graduation for the Class of 2025 will take place at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria


BSc (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized higher education institution or English level: IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) unless bachelors degree completed in English. Over 21 years of age at time of starting course Applicants must provide: Grade transcripts Your CV or resume ID or passport copy


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Our organization is classed as a Business School, distinguishing its status from that of a standard university. As such, Swiss School of Business Research is not beholden to regulations imposed by the Swiss Higher Education Act (HEdA) and not listed on Swissuniversities’ list of accredited higher education institutions therefore the School is free to provide higher education and confer private degrees, from bachelor’s to doctorate levels.   Validity of degrees issued by private institutions in Switzerland “Validity of degrees issued by private institutions in Switzerland While higher education in Switzerland is primarily dispensed by public institutions, there are also many private ones. In Switzerland no prior authorisation is required in order to offer higher education courses, organise examinations or issue private degrees. In certain cases, however, the federal or cantonal authorities, depending on their respective area of authority, will supervise private institutions and/or authorise them to offer courses and issue degrees. Private institutions based in Switzerland that are not accredited under the HEdA may only issue private degrees. Such degrees: – may be used by the holder to carry out an unregulated profession; appreciation of the value of private degrees is left up to employers. Generally speaking, there are no international agreements protecting the value of private degrees; in all cases, it is up to the national authorities in the host country to decide whether to recognise foreign qualifications. Private institutions are able to legitimately carry out their activities in Switzerland by virtue of the principle of economic freedom.* SSBR is authorised by the Canton of Zurich for the provision of quality standards in adult education so the lessons comply with the cantonal regulations. The Canton of Zurich authorizes SSBR to issue bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees. * From the State Secretariat for Education and Research SER Directorate Page 1: http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/dam/sbfi/en/dokumente/2017/12/titel-privater-institutionen.pdf
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