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About the Master's programme

Water management is conflict management. Regardless of the scale, ensuring that the needs of the people and ecosystems that rely on this critical resource are met effectively, requires comprehensive understanding of both water science and water diplomacy, including dispute mitigation, management, and resolution.

To address these needs, the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands, the University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica, and Oregon State University (OSU) in the USA, designed a joint education programme in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy.

The goal of this educational initiative is to train future water managers and other professionals to address competition over water. The programme’s curriculum broadens the scope of approach to conflict and peace, provides a theoretical dimension to conflict, engages with multi-level conflict dimensions and strengthens skills through highly experiential learning opportunities.

Students in this programme receive academic training at all three institutions as a cohort while studying and exchanging with the students of all three institutions during their stay. As students move through the programme, they individually select a topic for a thesis under guidance of an academic advisor from one of the partner institutions. Throughout the programme, students receive academic and logistical support from all three institutions.

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In summary


Master's degree programme delivered jointly by UPEACE, in Costa Rica, IHE Delft in the Netherlands, and OSU in the USA


Start date: August in Costa Rica

Winter and spring in the Netherlands

End date: December in USA


1st part: UPEACE - Costa Rica (end of August until end of November)

UPEACE is a global leader in research and education related to peace, security and conflict and provides a broad historical, legal and theoretical context to conflict

2nd part: IHE Delft - Netherlands (December to end of May/early June)

IHE Delft  carries out educational, research and capacity development activities in the broad fields of water engineering, water management, sanitation and governance. It is the largest international graduate education institute in the field of water.

3rd part: OSU - US (June to December)

Oregon State University (OSU) has a strong graduate program in Water Resources that will provide students with access to a broad range of courses and faculty expertise.


Successful students will be awarded degrees from each university. The degrees and certificates include the following:

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