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Applications and admission are handled by the  University for Peace via their admission website.


Please check carefully the instructions for preparing an application, and which supporting documents are needed.


Once the admission applications are complete, the faculty of the three institutions evaluates applicants.


Admission Schedule

The deadline for applying for the next joint MSc programme is 31st March 2024.


Admissions notifications will be send on a rolling basis.


Please keep in mind that in case you wish to apply for financial assistance, the application deadline for a fellowship is usually much earlier. You have to check with the respective sponsor.



How to apply?

Detailed information on application process and minimum requirements are provided in this document


  • As a minimum academic requirement, students will be expected to have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as political science, economics, law, hydrology, engineering, geography or water resources. Prior professional experience is preferred though not a requirement.  Excellent knowledge of and fluency in English is required (particularly because of the interactive elements of the course). Applicants will be carefully screened during the selection process to ensure they meet the requirements of the programme.


Minimum requirements are:


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree (BA, BS) or equivalent from an accredited college or university to qualify. This Programme is an intensive course of study, demonstrated academic excellence is a requirement. Prospective applicants should have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or the equivalent in their baccalaureate studies.


  • Proficiency in English

Since coursework and classes are conducted in the English language, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving either a score of 90 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test (IELTS).


  • Funding

Students must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient funding to complete the Programme. Applicants must be able to provide either an affidavit of financial support from a sponsor or an affidavit demonstrating sufficient personal funds that would allow the student to complete the Programme.

  • UPEACE will assist the students with the visa process to enter and reside in Costa Rica only. For The Netherlands' visa the students will be assisted by IHE Delft and for the United States the students will be assisted by OSU. 

  • Work experience

Owing to the nature of the Programme, previous cross-cultural involvement and work experience in fields related to water resources and/or water cooperation are desirable.


  • Students are responsible to ensure they can enter and reside in Costa Rica, The Netherlands, and the United States, for the duration of the programme.

Answers to some of the questions can be found in FAQ section of the website.

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