MA-Programme International Administration and Conflict Management

A Unique Master‘s Programme

The master’s programme in International Administration and Conflict Management (IACM) offered by the Department of Politics and Public Administration links training in research on conflict and administration within a political science framework to a course of studies unparalleled in Europe. The IACM programme is the only degree programme in Europe that combines educational contents from international politics and international organisations, conflict research, administrative sciences and management studies. This focus distinguishes the programme from conventional degree programmes that look at peace and conflict research.

The programme is one of four specialisations of the M.A. “Politics and Public Administration” offered at the University of Konstanz and reflects the growing significance of both international organisations and public administration for long-term conflict management. Examples are UN or EU peace operations and acts of humanitarian intervention in crisis-ridden regions, as the international community is expected to break through the cycle of violence, collapse of state functions and new violence.

The reconstruction of failed states involves setting up an administration, a legal system, a system for policing the given area and infrastructure. As a rule, the original conflict is not overcome, and thus conflict resolution, creating an administrative apparatus and establishing political institutions need to proceed simultaneously. Incorporating a unique combination of conflict analysis and administrative science, the IACM programme differs from both conventional conflict and peace studies and the hand-on approach of professional schools. This degree programme is intended for students who hold a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent and who are interested in pursuing relevant scholarly or practical activity in the UN system, the EU, diplomatic service or non-governmental organisations.

... Unique Opportunities!

Profit from the advantages of studying at the University of Excellence in Konstanz:

  • effective learning groups with an average size of 15 students
  • award-winning university library (rank 1 in the national comparison of 2009 and 2010) with a 24-hour service
  • opportunities for financial and organizational assistance for field researchnumerous
  • exchange opportunities for one to two semesters abroad and special counseling concerning international internships

The IACM Programme is part of the Center of Excellence for “Cultural Foundations of Integration”. Students enjoy a particularly stimulating academic environment as well as infrastructural and financial support for travel and research papers.
… and of course the high recreational value of the Lake Constance area!


The IACM is one of four areas of specialization for master’s students in the Department of Politics and Management. The studies undertaken in four semesters correspond to at least 120 ECTS credits.

The areas of specialization are integrated into a structure based on four modules: Study Areas 1 and 2 are designed to serve the acquisition of the necessary basics. In Study Area 3 and 4 the attendance of a total of seven seminars is obligatory. Two of these seminars within Study Area 3 must be out of the IACM specialization; one has to be from a different specialization. The remaining four seminars have to be taken in Study Area 4 and can be chosen freely. However, at least two seminars in Study Area 4 must be taken from the department of politics and management offer. For the rest it is possible to attend seminars of related content from the fields of law, economics, history, sociology, philosophy and psychology in addition to seminars from the other specializations.

Study Area 1: Methods

Students learn to answer research questions independently by developing theoretical models, drawing on practical cases for reviewing hypotheses, and applying appropriate empirical methods.

Study Area 2: Theoretical and empirical foundations

This seminar introduces students to theories of conflict and conflict resolution in the social sciences and to political and organizational strategies for the post-conflict reconstruction -strategies that usually take the form of UN-peace-building operations and the establishment of international interim administrations.

Study Area 3: Applied methods and theories

In the three topic-specific courses of this module, students deepen their acquired methodological, empirical, and theoretical knowledge by addressing selected research questions. They also broaden their overview of the key issues.

Study Area 4: Related programmes and disciplines

Students explore interdisciplinary connections by studying central theories, methods, and research questions in related disciplines (sociology, law, economics, philosophy, and psychology).


Students of the IACM programme benefit from an excellent network of internal and external cooperation partners. The Department is able to offer students both the possibility to integrate an internship into their MA studies, and/or to study abroad at one of our renowned partner institutions.  We offer:

- a total of six double degree options suitable for students of the IACM-programme

- exchange opportunities at approx. 40 universities in Europe (Erasmus + programme) and 20 universities in other world areas (i.e. USA, Canada, Colombia, Chile, East Asia, Australia, South Africa)

- a broad array of funding opportunities, both for internships and study abroad (e.g. Erasmus for Placements, Erasmus for Studies, DAAD)

- an exhaustive and constantly updated internship database

- a vibrant alumni association, Konnet e.V.