The United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) is a Treaty Organization established by the UN General Assembly in December 1980. Based in Costa Rica, the mission of UPEACE is to offer a higher education focused on peace. The University does not keep in line with UN regulations, as it is under the direction of a Council that consists of experts in security and peace matters. It is also financially independent and relies on student's tuition and donor funding.
UPEACE's intensive academic program focuses on the key causes of conflict by using a multicultural and multidisciplinary approach. The programs range from undergraduate credit building to doctoral and from study abroad to online education. The latter generally comprises graduate courses taken for credit towards an online Masters of Arts or for training purposes. UPEACE also offers dual Master’s degrees in partnership with a handful of leading universities worldwide, including Ateneo de Manila University, International University of Monaco, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Oregon State University, and American University, among others.