MPACS is based out of a smaller university college within the University of Waterloo that encourages a deeply immersive and engaged experience that is all encompassing, potentially transformative and of enormous value. Students get to take part in courses with small class sizes that provide a greater opportunity to participate and connect with professors and classmates alike. Quality teaching is an institutional priority, and the MPACS program recognizes the importance of fostering relationships between students and their professors. Staff and faculty within the MPACS program and greater community offer ready support to students, both personally and professionally.

Students within the MPACS program come from a vast range of backgrounds and experiences from across Canada and the globe. This diversity among students means that all of our students have the opportunity to engage in dynamic discussions around conflict resolution, social justice issues, global affairs, personal implications with their classmates who have different passions and interests. This setting presents a genuine community that students themselves help to build.


Kristina decided to study PACS because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program. She loved the program because of the opportunity to learn about a lot of different topics including international development, trauma and the opportunity to travel abroad!


Eric is a graduate from Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS). He is now an equity, inclusion and diversity officer for the Waterloo Regional Police Services. He loved PACS because of it's relevance and connection with everything; how you interact with the community, your relationships and how you work professionally.


Hear Ben talk about what he has learned through the MPACS program.


Listen to Jahan reflect on why he chose to apply to the MPACS program.


Hear Ellen speak about what makes MPACS unique and the value of her internship experience.