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 four terms of intensive academic training at our Glenside campus including an internship and capstone project.
An International Pathway for Students
Students prepare students to be advocates, activists, and social entrepreneurs who develop innovative approaches to global and local peace building from the ground-up.
Program at a Glance
- Two-year full-time program; part-time option available.
- Program cohort begins in the fall.
- Degree conferred and Commencement occurs after the second spring semester.
- Spend one week studying abroad with your cohort.
- Complete your internship requirement in the U.S. or abroad.
- Individualized Capstone project aligned with career aspirations.
Dual Degree Options
In addition to the Master of Arts degree, Arcadia offers dual degree options:
- IPCR/International Relations and Diplomacy: Three-year program leading to dual Master of Arts degrees. One and a half years in Glenside and one and a half years at the American Graduate School in Paris, France.
- IPCR/Counseling: Three-year program in Glenside leading to dual Master of Arts degrees. Trauma and conflict focus; accredited counseling program.
- IPCR/Public Health: Three-year program in Glenside leading to a Master of Public Health and Master of Arts degrees.
A pre-IPCR pathway is available to undergraduate students:
- 4+1.5 Program: Students pursue a liberal arts undergraduate major in the social sciences or humanities, and then apply for admission to the IPCR program in their senior year.
- 3+1.5 Program: 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.