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The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) is a vibrant, interdisciplinary academic program where students focus on how to work within civil society as catalysts for peace. With grounded knowledge and professional skills, students are empowered to confront conflict and build peace using a variety of nonviolent strategies.
MPACS includes in-depth research and analysis coursework, skills workshops, and global and local internship placements, all of which prepare students to engage peacebuilding at community, institutional, and systemic levels. This course-based, professional degree program equips students for a career as peace practitioners, in fields such as conflict management, research & advocacy, mediation and restorative justice, development, and NGO initiatives.
“After my internship experience, I am feeling more confident and well-equipped – like I have much more of a sense of direction. I know I can take the skills I’ve learned in MPACS and apply them to a career.”
MPACS Program of Study
Students 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 members all have field experience in peacebuilding. They bring unique pedagogical approaches to the classroom, creating an environment for experiential and academic learning and transformation.
Core courses focus on the potential of civil society to advance peace through principled advocacy, effective programming, and dynamic engagement with the state and marketplace.
Interdisciplinary Electives are elective courses offered by the PACS department as well as in International Development, Global Governance, Theological Studies, and Political Science.
Internships offer 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
- United Nations, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- World Vision Canada, Ottawa, Canada
- Mercy Corps, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- UN Women, Beijing, China
- Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support, Kitchener, Canada
Conflict Resolution Skills Training involves taking workshops for academic credit. There are in-house workshops offered through the Conflict Management Certificate Program or students may seek approval for external workshops. Some workshops students have taken in the past include:
- Understanding Conflict
- Culture, Diversity, and Conflict Management
- Narrative Mediation
- Transformative Mediation
- Peacemaking Circles
Students interested in research as a career have the opportunity to take Peace Research and Directed Peace Readings coursework. These courses have students work with a faculty supervisor to advance their academic research and writing skills.