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Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

In the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) Department, we continue to follow the new wave of protests and movements for racial justice occurring across the United States. As a Department we recognize that events of racism, and systemic and structural violence are not something that simply happen ‘over there’. We acknowledge the land on which our Department is located is land promised to the Six Nations in 1784 and we acknowledge that racism continues to be engrained in the everyday lived experiences of our students and community. In an effort to work towards a world of equality, our Department is committed to the platform of peace and conflict study that engages structural injustices in the Waterloo Region and around the world.

In PACS we seek to offer voices to the choir calling out for justice against racism and violence, as well as ears to listen so that we might learn about struggles we have not experienced. At this time of crisis we affirm our departmental commitment to imagine and work together towards justice, everywhere.

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. June 19, 2020PACS Professor Lowell Ewert Honoured with UWaterloo Teaching Award
    Lowell Ewert instructing a class

    Lowell Ewert, Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo, has been honoured with one of the four UWaterloo 2020 Distinguished Teacher Awards. This award celebrates exemplary instructors with a record of teaching excellence over an extended period. In addition to intellectual rigour, criteria for the award include impact beyond the classroom, concern for students, and a favourable and lasting influence on students and colleagues.

  2. Apr. 30, 2020PACS Professor Inspires Students' Future Achievements

    Facilitating engaging classes is just one of the ways that Lowell Ewert cares for and supports students in achieving their goals. Lowell is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo. Originally a lawyer, he researches the ways that peace interacts with human rights, law, and civil society.

  3. Apr. 22, 2020PACS Professor Models Theory Through Actions

    Students who take courses with Jennifer Ball appreciate her active example of what it means to live peaceably. Jennifer is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo. She holds a Doctorate in Rural Studies with a focus on Sustainable Rural Communities.

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