International Peace and Conflict Resolution

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Build Peace. Change the World.

As a student in International Peace and Conflict Resolution you pursue a two year master’s degree including an internship and an optional study abroad. Arcadia’s IPCR program is one of the few graduate programs in the field of conflict resolution with a built-in overseas component—one that is founded on Arcadia’s long tradition of University-based international programs. Optional study abroad courses may complement the academic training that you receive in Glenside by giving you the ability to specialize in unique areas of interest including international law, sustainable development, food security, peace journalism, human rights, business and peace education.

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

With the guidance of our expert scholars and practitioners, you will shape a course of study that will prepare you to enter today’s workforce.

In your first year of study, you will complete the core curriculum, which includes two (2) required courses: theories of peace and conflict resolution and a foundations course in research methods; and take elective courses from a range of topics such as Non-Governmental Organizations, International Law, World Religions, Social Life of War, Mediation, and Economics and the Environment. Students also have the option of participating in a largely subsidized week-long intensive field study in Northern Ireland during late October.

In the second term of the first year, you will begin researching and applying for internship opportunities that will further your academic and career interests. Advisors, the IPCR Program Coordinator and IPCR Director help guide students in this process to maximize options. By the end of the first year, all credit bearing internship and any optional study away experiences must be submitted for approval to the Director.

In the summer of 2013 I served as the senior intern at the U.S. Army War College at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) and the Pentagon with the Office of the Secretary of Defense – Policy for the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). Both of these opportunities allowed me to work on real issues with real products, extend my leadership experience, and network with government policymakers, researchers, and service members.“ —William Kuhn

Arcadia’s Global Field Study courses are an additional way to experience the world as a master’s degree student. The choices vary from year to year, depend on student interest and faculty availability and usually have additional travel fees associated with them. Past Global Field Study courses have traveled to Ukraine, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Kosovo and Cyprus.

The second year of courses enable students to concentrate and specialize in specific areas in the field of international peace and conflict resolution. Courses may be taken outisde the IPCR program in programs like public health, counseling and education or through partner institutions overseas such as the American Graduate School in Paris. The final spring term is focused around the capstone project and course, as well as professional development activities intended to aid students in career placement.

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 and research methods, which span the spectrum of qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Cultural sensitivity and inter-cultural understandings through international and field experiences.
  • Oral presentation and communication skills.

Classmates and Classes

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. Small class size and personal attention from faculty will allow you to master your leadership and analytical skills as well as to pursue your own academic and professional interests through research and internship projects.

Coming from a war-torn country, I figured that if I learned about conflict resolution, I would be able to help my country of South Sudan. As I researched graduate schools, I knew I wanted to focus on human rights law, sustainable development, and humanitarian work. I found Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution program (IPCR) and thought it seemed well designed to address contemporary problems affecting people in the world, especially in conflict zones. ” —Ayuen Garang Ajok