About the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program
Arcadia’s Master’s program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution educates and trains students to be advocates, activists, and social entrepreneurs who develop innovative approaches to global and local peace building from the ground-up. Preparing especially for careers in the non-profit/NGO sector as well as other public, private, and academic fields, IPCR students engage in project-based learning, global fieldwork, and internships. They work with an interdisciplinary group of faculty scholars to understand the social, political, historical, and economic contexts in which peace and conflict are produced, and they learn practical, operational skills including program planning, program evaluation, mediation, and conflict assessment.
Students in the graduate program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution pursue a Master’s degree that consists of three terms of intensive academic training at our Glenside campus including a concentration, an internship, and capstone project.
Students select concentrations by the end of their first term in the program. Concentrations are sets of specific professional skills that act as pathways to careers in particular areas of the conflict resolution field. Concentrations consist of two courses. Internships and capstone projects may also reflect concentration area.
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.
About the 3+1.5 Accelerated Program
Highly selective program for academically talented students
Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four-and-a-half 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 four-and-a-half-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.
The specific course sequence for each track is available on request. Overall, a student will complete at least 120 hours toward the B.A. degree in either Political Science or International Studies and at least 30 hours toward the M.A. degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.
This is achievable in four-and-a-half years as some of the IPCR courses that students take in the fourth year will count toward the undergraduate degree. This allows 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, internship and preparation of the master’s Capstone proposal.
Students must meet the minimum criteria for the Honors Program in order to be admitted to the accelerated program as a first-year student. To be eligible for the 3+1.5 accelerated program, entering first-year students should score a combined 1870 or better on the SAT (old SAT), combined 1330 or better on the new 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+1.5 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.
Accelerated IPCR with International Studies
Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (3+1.5 program)
Students wishing to pursue the four-and-a-half-year accelerated B.A. in International Studies and M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution will complete all require-ments for the B.A. in International Studies and the M.A. in IPCR in four-and-a-half years.
In years one to three, students are expected to complete all Undergraduate Curriculum requirements as well as most requirements for the International Studies major, including the majority of their coursework, study abroad, the language requirement, and Senior Thesis, which is done in the third year. In year four, they complete the International Studies major as well as all first-year requirements for the IPCR degree. This is made possible through a number of courses that count for both the IS major and the IPCR degree. In the fall semester of the fifth year, they complete their IPCR requirements, including the master’s Capstone.
Major Requirements for the International Studies Track
The International Studies major is highly flexible. It requires 12 courses in the major (typically 46-48 credits) plus the completion of the intermediate level (202-level) of a modern language other than English. In addition, Interna-tional Studies majors must study abroad, and appropriate courses taken abroad count toward the major. Students must take three 100 level courses, IS Research Writing (IS 201), three additional 200-level courses, three 300-level courses, and the Senior Seminar sequence (IS 490 and 491). Four of these courses must be within the student’s concentration. Students choose among six concentrations: Africa and the Middle East; The Americas; Europe and the Mediterranean; Global Health and Human Rights; The Social Life of Globalization; Sustainable Development.
Accelerated IPCR with Political Science
Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (3+1.5 program)
Students who want to pursue the accelerated B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution will complete all degree requirements in four-and-a-half years.
In years one to three, students complete all Undergraduate Curriculum requirements as well as most of the requirements for the Political Science major, including the Senior Thesis, which is done in the third year. In year four, students complete all requirements for the Political Science major and begin coursework for the IPCR master’s program. This is made possible as a number of IPCR courses are cross-listed as Political Science courses and will be counted as undergraduate credits. In the fall semester of the fifth year, students complete their IPCR requirements, including the master’s Capstone.
Major Requirements for the Political Science Track
Most Political Science majors in the accelerated program will choose the International Relations concentration. To complete this concentration, of the 44 credits required by the Political Science major, 20 must be selected from approved international offerings. All Political Science majors must take PS 101 (American Politics), 150 (Comparative Politics), 241 (International Relations), 245 (Political Thought) or 330 (American Political Thought), and 490 and 491 (Senior Thesis Seminars). Additionally, Political Science majors must take four electives, at least two of which must be at the 300 level.