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. Dec. 20, 2017MPACS Grad Op-Ed FeaturedDarren Kropf

    MPACS Grad, Darren Kropf recent OP-Ed piece was published in the Waterloo Record. The piece is titled 'Korean peace movement remains strong in midst of tension', and includes aspects of Darren's internship during his time in MPACS.

  2. Dec. 13, 2017Ethics of Peacebuilding article by PACS Professor Reina Neufeldt featured on Oxford Research Encyclopedia siteReina Neufeldt

    PACS Professor, faculty member, and leading researcher of Reflective Peacebuilding, Reina Neufeldt published an article titled 'Ethics of Peacebuilding' in November 2017.

  3. Dec. 4, 2017MPACS Information SessionMPACS Header

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  1. Feb. 9 to 11, 2018The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship ConferenceICPF Logo

    The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) conference began in 1948 at Goshen College and represents the peace societies and other peace and justice interested students of Mennonite and affiliated colleges/universities in Canada and the United States.

  2. Apr. 15, 2018Convocation 2018

    We welcome family and friends to celebrate with graduates from Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo on Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:00 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre on the University of Waterloo campus.

  3. Apr. 20, 2018Pursuing Peace: Stories from Home and AbroadPACS 40

    Fundraising Dinner - Celebrating 40 years of PACS

    In 1977, an academic concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies was formally launched at University of Waterloo.  It was the first undergraduate peace studies program at a Canadian university. That same year, the student-run Peace Society was created at Conrad Grebel University College.

    Join us as we celebrate 40 years of peace education.

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