Be a Part of the Solution
Learn Global and Local Peace Building
Our three-semester*, cohort-based Master's program will train you to be a skilled practitioner who is able to develop innovative approaches to global and local peacebuilding and development. You will be well-prepared for careers in the nonprofit/nongovernmental organization sector, as well as in other public, private, and academic fields.
Through project-based learning, global fieldwork, and internships, you will develop practical, operational skills in peace and conflict resolution and international development. In your classes, you will work with interdisciplinary faculty scholars to understand the social, political, historical, and economic contexts in which peace and conflict are produced.
*Dual Degree Programs may take longer, depending on the length of the additional program.
International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR)
IPCR Dual Degree Programs
International Relations and Diplomacy & IPCR. Study in Paris, France.
Counseling & IPCR. Trauma and conflict focus.
Public Health & IPCR. Earn M.P.H. and M.A. degrees.
The program at a Glance
Three-semester full-time program; part-time option available.
The program cohort begins in the fall.
Degree conferred the following winter; Commencement occurs the following spring.
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. A 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. A three-year program in Glenside leading to dual Master of Arts degrees. Trauma and conflict focus; accredited counseling program.
IPCR/Public Health. A three-year program in Glenside leading to a Master of Public Health and Master of Arts degrees.
The world is our classroom and global field experiences are the cornerstone of the IPCR program, providing students with unparalleled practical, hands-on opportunities to hone professional skills, engage in experiential learning, and develop a network and community of colleagues. By graduation, IPCR students are not only well trained and educated but already out in the world actively building peace as advocates, activists, social entrepreneurs, and NGO program managers.
Field Experiences and Internships
You will engage in a significant "real world" experience through internships, project-based learning, and global fieldwork through our Global Field Study courses. In IPCR, we believe it’s essential to be global citizens living and engaging in meaningful cross-cultural exchanges to be effective peacebuilders.
Our scholars are also practitioners, connecting their research with real-world applications. Our courses reflect that through the incorporation of project-based learning. In many courses, you will work independently and in small groups on developing practical solutions to real-world problems.
Bringing It All Together
All students conduct a Thesis and Capstone Project during the final semester of the program. The Capstone Project gives you the opportunity to integrate your theory and coursework with your internships and field experiences in a professional project. The project typically takes the form of policy analysis, a stakeholder assessment, or a program plan, although an individually-designed project that reflects your specific career objective(s) is possible as well. Capstone students meet in a weekly seminar class where faculty provides feedback and support.
Capstone Project Examples
The Kurdish Question in Turkey: A Conflict Assessment
Terrorism in Africa: A Stakeholder Analysis of Boko Haram’s Insurgence in Nigeria
Germany’s Refugee Policy Leadership in the EU
Promoting a Peaceful Resolution to the Yemen War
Red-Kite Project Training of Trainers: A Program Proposal
Regaining Agency: Domestic and International Psychological First Aid
Private to Public: A Workshop on Understanding Gender Bias in Our Community
Academic Policies and Procedures
A student accepted into the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program is expected to abide by the regulations set forth by Arcadia University.
The University reserves the right to dismiss a student at any time for unsatisfactory academic performance or for conduct detrimental to the University or to the welfare of other students.
In order for students to remain in good academic standing, they must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 throughout the first year of the program. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to be eligible to participate in the second year of the program. A grade below “C” may not be applied toward a degree. If a grade below “C” is received, the student must petition to retake the course.