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
About the 3+2 Program
- Highly selective program for academically talented students
- Bachelor's and master's degrees in five years
- Political Science track
- International Studies track
- Opportunities to study abroad as an undergraduate and graduate student
- 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.
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.
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.
Students must meet the minimum criteria for the Honors Program in order to be admitted to the program as a first-year student. To be eligible for the 3+2 accelerated program, entering first-year students 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 apply 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 undergraduate courses in the major.
- The recommendation of at least one faculty member in the Department of Historical and Political Studies.
- The maintenance of a 3.5 GPA.
Historical & Political Studies
Easton Hall, Room 231
Dr. Peter Siskind, Dept. Chair