International Peace & Conflict Resolution
4+2 Program

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

IPCR Students in Costa RicaThe 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 a practical applied experience such as an internship. In the first year, students complete a core of 24 graduate credits on campus with the option of six additional credits of electives. The off-campus courses and professional experience, undertaken in the second year, can be coordinated through the Arcadia University College of Global Studies. 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.

Undergraduate students preparing for the Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution typically pursue a liberal arts undergraduate major in the social sciences or humanities. Students should work with advisers to determine appropriate recommended preparatory courses, and study abroad for one or two semesters. During the senior year, interested students apply to the Office of Enrollment Management for entrance into the program. Arcadia University undergraduate students whose academic records meet the entrance requirements are assured of acceptance into the master's program. Arcadia students also may apply for admission to IPCR without completing the assured admission program. To maintain the quality of the graduate program, the University reserves the right to limit enrollment in all its offerings.


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