Masters of Arts Degree in Peace Studies & International Relations

Master of Arts Degree in Peace Studies & International Relations

The Institute offers a Master of Arts Degree in Peace Studies and International Relations. Certificate Courses of 36 hours per course unit are offered regularly. Post-Graduate Diploma in the same field will be offered starting August 2015

M.A. Programme

  • The Master of Arts Degree in Peace Studies and International Relations is designed as an intensive two-year academic programme with an emphasis on the major subject areas of the theory and practice of international affairs and conflict resolution. The M.A. degree is awarded on completion of a 20,000 word thesis. Students have the option of taking day or evening classes. Students who cannot complete the program in two years have the option of stretching the program to four years.

The course consists of two parts:

  • The second semester of the second year is then taken up by a research project lasting a minimum of twelve weeks. Candidates will be allowed to commence their research project only after clearance with the supervisor and the Academic Board. MA students will commence writing their thesis once their thesis proposals have been presented, defended and approved by a minimum of three panelists as a fulfillment of the comprehensive examination.
  • The first three semesters are devoted to full time study by course work and end-of-semester examinations.


For admission to the Master of Arts in Peace Studies and International Relations degree programme, candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Attained Second Class Upper Division in the BA degree. Candidates with the Second Class Lower Division can be considered if they have a proven two year work experience or post graduate Diploma in the relevant field of peace and international relations.
  • Certified post-secondary education certificates and transcripts for all mentioned schools
  • Completed application form
  • 4 Passport Photographs
  • Statement of purpose
  • Referees’ recommendation
  • Financial Commitment Form
  • Each application must include registration fee of KShs. 2100 payable to Hekima College

Note: The applicant must ensure that all the above documents reach the Office of the Registrar before the application can be considered for review