Ryan Eilerman ’24M Seeks to Diversify Education with Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia
You may not think of Baltimore as drastically different from Philadelphia, but when Ryan Eilerman, a native of the “Charm City,” was considering where to advance his education, Arcadia University seemed like the perfect contrast to what he was used to.
“I chose Arcadia primarily because I wanted to move to Philadelphia,” Eilerman said. “I wanted to go to Arcadia to diversify my education from what has often been elitist and entitled settings.”
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, Eilerman is pursuing a master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR). Arcadia’s IPCR program offers an innovative, cohort-based curriculum and experiential learning opportunities. Over four semesters, students establish their expertise as a conflict resolution practitioner and build critical, professional networks and collaborative spaces around the world.
“I wanted to be able to critically study and dive into peace studies in a sincere and generous academic environment that would challenge the structures and perspectives that have typically saturated my previous education,” Eilerman added. “I saw Arcadia as a reprieve from power politics and an opportunity to have the space to think and learn creatively and collaboratively.
“In IPCR, I get impassioned by each new class I take. Over the course of the next year, I look forward to honing these passions and skills toward a coordinated direction. After finishing the program, I will undoubtedly embark on a diverse and opportunistic career within these fields.”
When he’s not hitting the books, Eilerman enjoys exploring the food and beverage scenes in new cities, home-building with his partner, skiing, and sailing.