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.

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  1. Jan. 14 to Apr. 12, 2019Grebel Galley Exhibit | Gichitwaawizi’igewin: Honouring

    In this exhibit, artist Catherine Dallaire re-examines the original Indigenous values in animal and plant life that are often vilified by contemporary Western settler culture. Building understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews is an important step towards peace and conciliation in the Canadian context. Creating space for Indigenous wisdom to guide culture and policy is an integral part of building peace and justice.

  2. Mar. 25, 2019Pop-Up Peace MuseumDecorative image with information about the pop-up museum.

    “Pop-up” Peace Museum – Presented by the students of PACS 203/HIST 232 (A History of Peace Movements), the Pop-up Peace Museum features 14 exhibits highlighting a wide range of peace and justice movements from the 20th and 21st centuries. Come and visit on Monday, March 25 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in Room #2202 at Conrad Grebel University College (directly across from Grebel’s front reception desk).

  3. Apr. 14, 2019Grebel ConvocationDecorative banner for convocation.

    Conrad Grebel University College honours graduates who have lived and studied at Grebel while completing their University of Waterloo degree programs. This special Convocation takes place several weeks prior to the University of Waterloo Convocations where the official degrees are conferred. Faculty, staff, students, families, and friends celebrate this significant accomplishment together.

    We welcome friends and families to this celebration on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo.

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