Peace and Conflict Studies - MPACS (Conrad Grebel University College)

Program information

Department/School Peace and Conflict Studies
Waterloo-affiliated university college Conrad Grebel University College
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

Domestic applicants: May 15 (for admission in September)*

International applicants: February 1 (for admission in September)

Delivery mode On-campus (Conrad Grebel University College campus)
Program type Master's, Professional
Length of program

16 months (full-time)

60 months (part-time)*

Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Coursework
Research specialization(s) - A graduate specialization reflects expertise achieved by a graduate student in a sub-discipline of their primary area of study Peace Integration

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • A four-year undergraduate degree (a variety of disciplines are permitted; PACS graduates are not granted advanced placement) with a minimum average of at least 75% in the final 20 courses.
  • The Admissions Committee reserves the right to require additional preparation for students without significant academic background in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) or a related discipline. This additional preparation may involve completion of a required e-learning course or module, undergraduate course(s) or other appropriate requirement.
  • Previous experience in the field, while not required, will be looked upon favourably.
  • An interview will be required for entrance into the program.
  • Deferrals for admission and delayed entries will not be permitted.
  • Alternative admission requirements: PACS may grant alternative admission to a limited number of mature students who do not meet the regular academic admission requirements of a four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Standardized graduate entrance examinations are not equitably accessible and appropriate as the basis for such admission. Therefore the admissions committee will be guided by the following alternative admission standards:
    • Minimum eight years of field experience related to peace and conflict issues. In order to show an appropriate level of academic and intellectual capacity for the program, the applicant will be asked to submit copies of reports, documents, manuscripts, or creative media that he/she may have prepared in relation to his/her field experience;
    • Evidence of successful participation in post-secondary education as documented by transcripts and other records;
    • References will be asked to comment on the applicant's academic and intellectual capacity and on the applicant's ability to do graduate work in English;
    • Applicants will be interviewed to assess the potential of their success in graduate studies and their contribution to the program;
    • Some applicants may be required to complete a specified qualifying program of PACS or related courses deemed helpful to prepare them for their proposed program of studies;
    • Probationary admission may be granted for a specified time to confirm the applicant's ability to succeed in the program.

Application material

  • Resume
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
    • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
  • Transcript(s)
  • Writing sample
  • References
    • Three references are required, at least two academic
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. *Edited April 2024.

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Program Contact

Thomas Fraser at
519-888-4567, ext. 24248