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. Feb. 18, 2020MPACS Alum Launches Peace Resource Centre in Pakistan

    After years of planning and several months of consultations, on January 12, 2020, Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) alumnus, Rizwan Rizwan, helped launch the Shantinagar Peace Resource Center in Khanewal, Pakistan. The Center is a peacebuilding initiative that was a vision of Rizwan's when he enrolled in the MPACS program in 2017. Now his vision is finally a reality.

  2. Feb. 4, 2020MPACS Biweekly Newsletter - February 4, 2020
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    Map the System 2020

    Registration Deadline: February 5, 2020

    The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to be facilitating UWaterloo’s participation in the global Map the System challenge. Organized by Oxford University’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Map the System is a systems thinking competition that challenges students to deepen their understanding of complex social and environmental problems

    PACS 398 credit for MAP the System Projects  

    Learn more and register here.

  3. Jan. 21, 2020MPACS Biweekly Newsletter - Jan 21, 2020
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    Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference 2020

    When: February 7 -9, 2020

    Deadline: January 31, 2020
    Where: 1200 Park Rd. Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

    ICPF 2020 is being hosted by Eastern Mennonite University and is a student-led peace and justice conference for Peace colleges in the U.S. and Canada.
    The 2020 Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference theme is "Nothing About Us Without Us," encouraging participants to investigate whose voices are heard and whose are missing across a range of peace and justice issues.
    When working for justice and peace, we want to talk about both the “what” of justice and peacebuilding as well as the “how,” asking questions like: who belongs? who’s in and who’s out?
    If you are interested in attending, talk to PACS advisor Rachel about potential funding to support your attendance.

    Register here.


    Public Speaker: The Journey of Reconciliation: Local Implications for Settler Canadians

    When: January 21, 7-8pm
    Where: Waterloo Public Library, Main Library 

    Since the release of the 2015 Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, many settler Canadians are engaging in discussions of reconciliation. There is often however an angst of not knowing what to do, fear of saying or doing the wrong thing or feeling guilt or shame about the injustices done to Indigenous peoples, so that denial or avoidance may be chosen instead of engagement.

    RSVP here.

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