International Peace and Conflict Resolution 3+2 Program

Leading to a B.A. in International Studies or Political Science and an M.A. in International Peace & Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University

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About the 3+2 Program

  • Highly selective program for academically talented students
  • Bachelor and master's degrees in five years
  • Political Science track
  • International Studies track
  • Opportunities to study abroad as an undergraduate
  • Year of study abroad for master's program
  • Problem-based learning and research models

This accelerated program integrates undergraduate and graduate training and provides comprehensive global learning opportunities. Arcadia’s undergraduate programs in Political Science and International Studies enrich the multidisciplinary perspectives inherent in the field of international peace and conflict resolution.

This accelerated program meets the needs of students who want to pursue accelerated training in IPCR, allowing for an intensive and rigorous five-year academic program that includes international experiences and practical fieldwork. This program allows talented students to pursue an accelerated option that is both more affordable and custom-designed to prepare them for a highly competitive job market.

About the M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution

The interdisciplinary Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution program is designed to produce graduates who are well-prepared for mid-level positions in a wide variety of governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. Academic programs in peace studies and conflict resolution, a growing international field, are interdisciplinary in nature and encompass perspectives from anthropology, biology, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology.

The graduate program includes an international study component, as well as an internship. In the first year (the fourth year for a 3+2 student), students complete a set of core required and elective courses on campus. The second year (the fifth year for a 3+2 student) includes 9 internship credits, 9 study abroad credits and a final semester on campus completing the culminating Master’s capstone project. This innovative M.A. program allows students to develop an area of concentration within peace and conflict resolution, build an international network of contacts, and gain practical field experience.

Program Structure

The specific course sequence for each track is available on request. Overall, a student will complete 128 hours toward the B.A. degree in either Political Science or International Studies and 38 hours toward the M.A. degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.

This is achievable in five years as some of the IPCR courses that students take in the fourth year will count toward the undergraduate degree. This allows five-year accelerated students to begin their graduate studies in the fourth year, together with all the incoming IPCR graduate students, while completing remaining undergraduate credit requirements. Students complete their undergraduate senior capstone project during their third year as the fourth year is spent on graduate methods training and preparation of the master’s thesis proposal.

Admissions Criteria

Students must meet the minimum criteria for the Honors Program in order to be admitted to the program as a freshman. To be eligible for the 3+2 accelerated program, entering freshmen should score 1870 or better on the SAT or 28 on the ACT and be ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Students also may petition for entrance to the 3+2 program at the end of the first year. For continuation on to the M.A. level in the fourth year, the following standards must be met:

  • Completion of the appropriate required first year courses in the major.
  • The recommendation of at least one faculty member in the major, or in the IPCR program.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication.
  • The maintenance of a 3.5 GPA.
  • Enrollment in the 3+2 program is contingent on the completion of required courses in the allotted time frame and upon available space. Admissions decisions will be made by the Director of International Peace and Conflict Resolution.


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