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The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) is a vibrant, interdisciplinary academic program where students focus on the role of individuals within civil society as catalysts for peace. With the knowledge and practical skills acquired in MPACS, students are empowered to confront conflict and build peace using nonviolent strategies.
Through in-depth research and analysis coursework, skills workshops, and global and local internship placements, the program prepares students to engage peacebuilding at community, institutional, and systemic levels. This course-based, professional degree program is well-suited for pursuing careers as peace practitioners.
“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.”
While the MPACS program is particularly geared towards preparing students to work for peace from within the civil society, graduates pursue careers in fields ranging from conflict management, mediation and restorative justice, to international development, human rights work, research and policy analysis, to name just a few.
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 experience in the field of peacebuilding. They bring unique pedagogical approaches to the classroom, creating an environment for experiential and academic learning.
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, ON
- Search for Common Ground, Washington, DC
- Sembrando Paz, Sucre, Colombia
- Peace Border School, Cheorwon, South Korea
- United Nations, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Peace and Education Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan
- Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support, Kitchener, ON
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.