Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

A vibrant, interdisciplinary graduate program

The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) places a unique focus on the pivotal role that individuals within civil society play and the potential of civil society to advance peace through principled advocacy, effective programming, and dynamic engagement with the state and marketplace. The courses and opportunities available to those in the MPACS program allows students to tailor their degree to meet their exact needs and allow them to fulfill their passions. The MPACS program is comprised of coursework, an optional internship, and practical skill development courses, with options for Independent Research. This program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to contribute to nonviolent peacebuilding efforts.

Understanding conflict

Recognizing conflict as an inescapable part of the human experience, and a potential vehicle for positive change at local, national, and international levels, this master’s degree offers a cutting-edge approach in which dynamic, sustainable, and creative solutions to conflict can be imagined, tested, and applied. Students in the MPACS program develop their abilities to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning in regards to conflict around the world.

Agents of peace building

Equipped with interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills of peacebuilding, MPACS graduates will be ready for careers in public, private or non-profit sectors that work as agents of peaceful change at community, institutional, and systematic levels.

  1. Nov. 12, 2018MPACS Newsletter - November 12th, 2018MPACS Newsletter banner: picture of a laptop keyboard with the words

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  2. Oct. 30, 2018Humans of PACS - Hannah HaightImage of Hannah Haight smiling into camera while holding a black cat.

    Hi PACS students! If you don't know me already, I'm Hannah. I'm a 4th year Peace and Conflict Studies & English student, minoring in Women's Studies. I'm also currently working as the PACS Communications Assistant for the 2018-2019 school year.  

    Here’s my entry for Humans of PACS. Message us on social media or email pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca if you’re interested in sharing!

  3. Oct. 29, 2018MPACS Newsletter - October 29thMPACS Newsletter banner: image of pumpkins with the title

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  1. Nov. 18, 2018Restorative Justice Week with Ray and Vi DonavanThe Power of Restorative Justive Event banner

    Conrad Grebel University College and Mennonite Central Committee Ontario are excited to be hosting Ray & Vi Donovan from the United Kingdom as guest speakers for Restorative Justice Week in November.  As parents of an 18 year old boy murdered in the street 16 years ago, they work passionately to give voice to a restorative justice approach, through education and creating system change in areas such as policing and probation.  

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