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. July 5, 2019Innovative Scholar Appointed Visiting PACS Professor
    Eric Lepp

    Eric Lepp, a familiar face at Conrad Grebel University College, will be returning to the University of Waterloo for a two-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at Grebel. Lepp recently completed a PhD at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester.

  2. Apr. 9, 2019MPACS Final Newsletter - April 9th
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  3. Apr. 2, 2019MPACS Application Deadline Extended to May 1
    Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

    The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) program has extended the deadline for Fall 2019 Canadian and Permanent Resident applications to May 1, 2019. If you are interested in  pursuing a career in the field of peace and conflict by learning with a small cohort and field-experienced faculty, apply now!

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  1. May 6 to Oct. 25, 2019Grebel Gallery Exhibit | New Fraktur - Meg Harder

    Meg Harder is a Mennonite female artist working in the Haldimand Treaty Territory/Grand River Watershed. Her practice explores bioregional themes through a variety of media including works on paper, projection, installation, and social choreography.

  2. Sep. 27, 2019Global Climate Strike (UWaterloo)
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    MPACS students are planning to participate in a global climate strike on September 27, 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm. At 10:00am, you can meet up with fellow concerned citizens and climate activists at the Arts Quad and then proceed to Waterloo Town Square.

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