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. Oct. 12, 2017PACS Professor Reina Neufedlt to present the 2017 Benjamin Eby Lecture2017 Benjamin Eby Lecture

    Peace and Conflict Studies Professor Reina Neufeldt is presenting the 2017 Benjamin Eby Lecture, an annual lecture that presents the research of a faculty member at Conrad Grebel University College.

  2. May 25, 2017MPACS Alumni: Issa EbomboloIssa

    MPACS Alumni, Issa Ebombolo, shares an incredibly inspiring story of his journey to enrolling in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program and where he is headed after graduation.  Read more>

  3. May 11, 2017PACS Grads Create a Strong SocietyImage of alumni speaking

    "What can you do with a PACS degree?" Check out what ten of our graduates are doing to create a stronger society in the most recent edition of UWaterloo's Alumni Newsletter! Read More

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  1. Sep. 21 to Nov. 2, 2017Peace Innovators' Forum

    The Peace Innovators’ Forum is a speaker series focused on the intersection between Peace and Innovation. The talks are focused on building understanding and connections within the field of social innovation. This is a great opportunity for Centre for Peace Advancement participants and Master of Peace and Conflict Studies students to network.

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