Minimum Requirements for Assured Admission to the Graduate Program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution

Students who begin their undergraduate education at Arcadia University (freshmen):

1. Students must have completed the following prerequisites:

  • Political Science—International Relations (PS 241) or Introduction to Peace and Conflict Resolution (PS 243) and either an area studies comparative course (PS 225, 335 or appropriate 285/385) or American Constitutional Law (PS 220).
  • History—One course from the list for the International Studies minor or one of the recommended History courses.
  • Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Psychology, or Sociology—One course from the list for the International Studies minor or one from the recommended courses, or one chosen in consultation with the student's adviser. Biology majors may use BI 329 Ecology.
  • Study Abroad—One full semester. Courses taken abroad may fulfill the requirements above, as long as the student's adviser and/or one of the IPCR advisers approves them in advance.

2. Students must present evidence of proficiency in a modern language, in addition to English, using one of the means below:

  • For English-speaking students—Modern Language courses through the 202 level with all grades "C" or better (a "C-" is not acceptable).
  • For English-speaking students—Certification of proficiency in a second language from Arcadia University's Modern Languages Department.
  • For ESL students—minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL exam.

3. A minimum overall GPA of 3.4 with a grade of "C" (not "C-") or better in prerequisite courses, including Modern Language, is required.

Students who begin at Arcadia University as transfer students:

Transfer students also are considered for assured admission provided that they meet all the above criteria for freshmen as well as the following:

1. They must earn a bachelor's degree from Arcadia University.

2. They must take at least three of the prerequisite courses (these may include modern language courses) at Arcadia University.

Students whose credentials do not meet the requirements to assure admission to the master's program can still apply. Students who have studied abroad will have an advantage. Modern Language proficiency is also important. These students will be considered in relation to other qualified candidates in the general applicant pool.

Recommended Courses

  • Advanced Modern Language courses (including a major or minor in a modern language)
  • Additional Political Science—Comparative Politics (PS 150), Politics of the Developing World (PS 225), Latin American Politics (PS 228), Politics of Russia and East Europe (PS 335), U.S. Foreign Policy (PS 240), Political Thought (PL/PS 245) and International Model United Nations (PS 280)
  • Additional History—Modern Middle East (HS/IS 211), Modern East Asia (HS 216), Modern Russia (HS 234), Prejudice and Persecution in Western History (HS 238), European Fascism: Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany (HS 325) and Women in Western Society (HS 336)
  • Other Social Sciences/Humanities—Principles of Macroeconomics or Microeconomics (EC 210 or 211), Social Psychology (PY 153), Social Construction of Identity: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (PY 313), Psychology as a Social Science (PY 331, 332), Psychology of Women (PY 422), Cultural Anthropology (AN 120), Inequality (SO 265), Social Theory (LB/SO 385), Ethics (PL 175), Living Religions of the World (RE 114), Interpreting Literature I/II (EN 199/299), Selected Authors (EN 220-International Focus) and Asian Literature (EN 336)

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