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

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Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

A vibrant, interdisciplinary academic program that seeks to empower students with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to nonviolent peacebuilding.


The application deadline is February 1st, 2018.

Applications are completed online at



MPACS is a course-based professional degree program well suited for individuals aiming to step into careers as practitioners. The program educates, trains, and empowers students to enter roles as agents of peaceful change at community, institutional, and systemic levels.

Students may pursue the MPACS degree on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students may complete the program in 4 terms (16 months). Part-time students are obligated to complete their requirements within 5 calendar years from the date of their initial registration.



Core Courses (5 courses)

Core courses focus on the promise and potential of civil society to advance peace through principled advocacy, effective programming, and dynamic engagement with the state and marketplace.

Interdisciplinary Electives

Elective courses are offered in the PACS department as well as in International Development, Global Governance, Theological Studies and Political Science. Students must complete five core courses and five electives to meet the requirements for their MPACS degree.

Internships and Skill-Building

Students have the opportunity to develop skills as practitioners and link theory and practice by pursuing an internship.

Previous internship placements have included:

  • Community Justice Initiatives, Kitchener, Ontario
  • Search for Common Ground, Washington D.C.
  • Sembrando Paz, Sucre, Colombia
  • Peace Border School, Cheorwon, South Korea
  • United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials
  • (UNAKRT), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Peace and Education Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support, Kitchener

Conflict Resolution Skills Training

Students may take practical skill-building workshops for academic credit. They choose from the wide variety of workshops offered through the Certificate Program in Conflict Management or may seek approval for workshops from other organizations. Workshops students have taken in the past include:

  • Understanding Conflict
  • Culture, Diversity and Conflict Management
  • Narrative Mediation
  • Transformative Mediation
  • Peacemaking Circles

Peace Research & Directed Peace Readings

Students that are wishing to pursue research as a career are encouraged to enroll in our Peace Research & Directed Peace Readings course. Students enrolled in these courses work with a faculty supervisor to advance their academic research and writing skills.

For more information

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

Conrad Grebel University College

140 Westmount Road North

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G6

519-885-0220 x24216

[email protected]



Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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