International Peace and Conflict Resolution

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Build Peace. Change the World.

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. 

Ultimately, hands-on work combined with an extensive theoretical foundation, close student-professor relationships, and individually designed studying abroad and/or internship opportunities were motivating factors that distinguished the Arcadia's IPCR from other similar programs.” —Adriana Miladinovic

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!

What You Will Learn

The IPCR program is structured to develop competencies in:

  • Theories and dynamics of conflict, conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction and development, international law and organizations.
  • Tools and techniques of conflict management, conflict resolution and conflict transformation.
  • Conflict analysis, which involves developing an understanding of how states and other third parties impact conflict.
  • The methods used to diffuse conflict on a variety of levels—interpersonal, groups and institutions.
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on the field of peace and conflict resolution.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • NGO management skills including budgeting, program planning and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Social justice, advocacy and activism as approaches to conflict transformation and social change.
  • Cultural sensitivity and inter-cultural understandings through international and field experiences.
  • Oral presentation and communication skills.

Classmates and Classes

Small class size and personal attention from faculty will allow you to master leadership, conflict resolution and analytical skills as well as to pursue your own academic and professional interests through course selection, field experiences and internships. This program provides a wide range of opportunities for personal and academic development to ensure that you are fully prepared to be a key peace builder in your community, your country, or in the global arena.

IPCR students come primarily from the United States, but each year international students and students with international experience have added unique perspectives to the program. International students have come from Albania, Bolivia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Norway, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Turkey.