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Call for Applications: Master of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo

Craig Zelizer

November 17, 2023

This is a sponsored post on PCDN.

Turbulent times like ours call for people who understand systems of violence and conflict, and who are prepared to build peace with justice.

The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) program uniquely prepares its graduates to be catalysts for peace at community, institutional, and systemic levels. A rigorous course-based professional degree program, MPACS connects theory, analysis, reflection, and practice. Our distinctive focus is on civil society and community-led change, providing graduates with tools to understand sources of conflict, polarization, and systems of violence, as well as to imagine and support transformative peacebuilding.

The program is designed to be completed in 16 months by full-time students (also a part-time option). Students take a combination of core PACS courses and electives of their choice, with the option to include electives from other departments at the University of Waterloo. Optional experiential learning opportunities include a global or local internship placement and conflict skills workshops.

This degree equips students for a career as peace practitioners in fields such as conflict management, research and advocacy, mediation and restorative justice, sustainable development, NGO initiatives, and more.

“I found that my classmates were people that I was not only learning with but also learning from. I remember just how engaging our conversations were, the diverse amount of topics that we covered, and I left this program feeling not only professionally enriched but also personally enriched.”

Apply now for intake in fall term 2024 through the University of Waterloo. The application deadline is February 1st, 2024. Financial aid is available. For more details, view our admission requirements and procedures.

MPACS Program of Study

You may pursue the MPACS degree on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students complete the program in four terms (16 months). Part-time students must complete the program within five academic years.

MPACS faculty bring diverse expertise and field experience in peacebuilding, as well as dynamic pedagogical approaches to the classroom. With small cohorts of students located in a liberal arts college affiliated with the University of Waterloo, the program creates an environment for transformative learning amongst a diverse community of scholars.

Core courses focus on building your capacity to advance peace through understanding systems of conflict, violence and oppression, and transforming them through principled and effective social change initiatives.

Interdisciplinary Electives are elective courses offered by the PACS department as well as in Global Governance, International Development, Sociology, Political Science, and Theological Studies.

Internships offer you the opportunity to develop skills as a practitioner, while also completing research that links theory and practice. Previous internship placements have included:

  • Community Justice Initiatives, Kitchener, Canada
  • Search for Common Ground, Washington, United States
  • Sambrano Paz, Sucre, Cambodia
  • Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding, Suva, Fiji
  • Peace Border School, Cheorwon, South Korea
  • United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
  • Peace and Education Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan

Conflict Resolution Skills Training involves taking workshops for academic credit. In-house workshops are offered through the Conflict Management Certificate Program or you may seek approval for external workshops. Some workshops students have taken in the past include:

  • Understanding Conflict
  • Conflict Coaching
  • Transforming Group Dynamics
  • Transformative Mediation
  • Peacemaking Circles

Students interested in research as a career may pursue independent study and work with a faculty supervisor to advance their academic research and writing skills.

For more information visit our website or contact [email protected].

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