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Study International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) at Arcadia University

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February 12, 2020

This is a sponsored post on PCDN

Arcadia’s recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Program alumni (some featured above) returned to commemorate the event. The magnitude of the work of program alumni is truly impressive as they strive towards peace around the world. You can join them. Be a part of the solution.

Learn Global and Local Peace Building

Our three-semester*, cohort-based Master's program will train you to be a skilled practitioner who is able to develop innovative approaches to global and local peacebuilding and development. You will be well-prepared for careers in the nonprofit/nongovernmental organization sector, as well as in other public, private, and academic fields.

Through project-based learning, global fieldwork, and internships, you will develop practical, operational skills in peace and conflict resolution and international development. In your classes, you will work with interdisciplinary faculty scholars to understand the social, political, historical, and economic contexts in which peace and conflict are produced.

Structure Your Experience to Match Your Career Goals

The IPCR program uniquely provides students with both a solid foundation at the intersection of international peace and conflict resolution and development. The program provides opportunities to put theory into practical application through project-based learning, internships, and field experiences.

Student Experiences

The world is our classroom and global field experiences are the cornerstone of the IPCR program, providing students with unparalleled practical, hands-on opportunities to hone professional skills, engage in experiential learning, and develop a network and community of colleagues. By graduation, IPCR students are not only well trained and educated but already out in the world actively building peace as advocates, activists, social entrepreneurs, and NGO program managers.


Field Experiences and Internships

You will engage in significant "real world" experience through internships, project-based learning and global field work. In IPCR, we believe it’s essential to be global citizens living and engaging in meaningful cross-cultural exchanges to be effective peacebuilders. Each cohort of students participates in two international filed experiences. During their first semester of study, students conduct conflict analysis on the divided island of Cyprus. At the end of their second semester, students participate in an intensive training in diplomacy at our partner university, The American Graduate School in Paris.


Project-based Learning

Our scholars are also practitioners, connecting their research with real-world application. Our courses reflect that through the incorporation of project-based learning. In many courses, you will work independently and in small groups on developing practical solutions to real-world problems.


Bringing It All Together

All students conduct a Thesis and Capstone Project during the final semester of the program. The Capstone Project gives you the opportunity to integrate your theory and coursework with your internships and field experiences in a professional project. The project typically takes the form of a policy analysis, a stakeholder assessment, or a program plan, although an individually-designed project that reflects your specific career objective(s) is possible as well. Capstone students meet in a weekly seminar class where faculty provide feedback and support.


Admission Requirements

GREs are not required for admission. In exceptional cases, after reviewing an applicant’s academic record and non-academic experience, the Director may waive one or more prerequisites. Accepting applications now for Fall 2020 admission! Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.  If an offer of admission is accepted, a $500 deposit must accompany the acceptance reply.  This deposit is applied to the first semester’s tuition and is non-refundable. Specific deposit deadline dates will be noted on acceptance letter. You can begin the application process here.

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