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Arcadia University’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution Master’s Program
450 S Easton Rd
Easton Hall 233
Glenside PA
Become a changemaker as a mediator, organizer, activist, advocate or social entrepreneur working to solve the most pressing global challenges in Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) master’s program. As a student in the IPCR program you will be educated and trained in cutting edge, practical peacebuilding skills that will enable you to make a difference in the world. This program teaches you how to develop innovative approaches to global and local peace building. Preparing especially for careers in the non-profit/NGO sector as well as other public, private, and academic fields, you will engage in project-based learning, global fieldwork, and internships. You will work with an interdisciplinary group of faculty scholars to understand the social, political, historical, and economics contexts in which peace and conflict are produced, and learn practical, operational skills including program planning, program evaluation, mediation, and conflict assessment to prepare you to change the world.

You will enroll in a three-term (full-time) or six-term (part-time) master’s degree, which includes an applied, professional internship and practical study abroad field experiences. Arcadia’s IPCR program is one of the few graduate programs in the field of conflict resolution with significant practical experiences through internships, project-based learning, and a built-in overseas component—one that is founded on Arcadia’s long tradition of University-based international programs.

Structure Your Experience to Match Your Career Goals
The IPCR program uniquely provides students with both a solid foundation of theory to think and reflect on key issues and challenges, and crucial opportunities to put those theories into practical application through problem solving, project based learning, internships and field experiences.

In our foundation courses you are engaged in deep discussions on theories of war, conflict, and peace, in small, intimate courses with your cohort. Over the course of your program, you will take required courses with your cohort in:

Theories of peace and conflict resolution.
Practices of conflict transformation including mediation, negotiation and facilitation.
Conflict assessment.
A case in conflict including a subsidized, cohort field study trip
The capstone course where students complete practical, applied projects that prepare them for careers in the field.
In addition to your cohort based courses, you will choose electives throughout your program. Electives enable you to pursue your individual career goals, which you will combine with your internship, field studies (GFS) courses, and capstone project to form a professional pathway in an area of professional development like advocacy and activism, NGO management and social entrepreneurship, or policy and governance. These professional pathways are a strategic way to build your professional identity and capitalize on the great variety of opportunities the IPCR has to offer. The IPCR program is specifically designed to help prepare you to enter and compete in today’s workforce.

Electives may include:

Advocacy and Activism
NGO Management
Social Life of War
World Religions
Post-Conflict Reconstruction
International Security
Deeply Divided Societies
Restorative Justice
Human Rights
International Law
Global Governance
Social Movements
With the help of our expert advisors, practitioners, scholars, and alumni, you choose your own internship. Internships are conducted in the summer or during the final fall term alongside the capstone project. Internships are key field opportunities to develop professional skills, networks and job prospects. Our students have travelled all of the world for the most challenging and exciting internship opportunities. In IPCR, the world is our classroom!