School of Health and Human Sciences

Master of Arts

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) curriculum employs an interdisciplinary, critical, and social justice approach to conflict theory, peace studies, research, and practice. Our courses are designed not only for aspiring conflict professionals, but also for students in other programs looking to enhance their skills through conflict and peace electives.

The PACS MA online (synchronous) program is migrating to asynchronous learning. Starting Fall 2017, PCS 600-01D and 601-01D were offered asynchronously in the second half of fall semester (POT 8), Oct 6 – Dec 4. By Spring 2019, the on-line program will be 100% asynchronous.

Application Process for Admission to the Masters

Note to Applicants

Admission to the master’s or certificate program is rolling year round but if you wish to be considered for an assistantship, you must meet the March 1 deadline.

  • Complete an online application to the Graduate School.
  • For best consideration, please complete your online application by July 1 for fall, October 1 for spring, and April 1 for summer
  • Submit the following to the Graduate School
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate work (whether a degree was obtained or not).
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • GRE is not required but, recommended
  • Write a personal statement [250-300 words] regarding your goals and expectations of the program and include with your online application.
    If considered for admission, you may be called for a short personal interview, either in person, by telephone, or Skype.

Note to Visiting/Non-Degree-Seeking Students

If you would like to take a Peace and Conflict Studies class out of personal or professional interest before you commit to a degree, you can do so through the Graduate School’s VISIONS Program in the fall and spring. During the summer, you apply through the UNCG Online.

Course Registration Process

  1. (New students) Activate your default computer accounts.
  2. Consult with your advisor and fill out an initial Plan of Study (PDF)This plan will be updated throughout your journey through the program.
  3. Pick your classes based on the Graduate School Bulletin and the current course offering.
  4. Read the instructions (PDF) and register for your classes online through UNCGenie.
  5. Pay for your classes with the Cashiers Office.
  6. Access your classes through Canvas.

Master of Arts in Conflict and Peace Studies (33 Semester Credit Hours)

The Master of Arts (MA) in Peace and Conflict Studies program was launched in 2004. The Master’s program promotes a systemic perspective to the challenges facing individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

With an interdisciplinary sensibility and a commitment to individual, cultural, and social integrity, we train professionals to employ collaborative and equitable methods for resolving human problems.

Our goal is to mold reflective conflict practitioners – professionals with a critical understanding of theory and method and who operate within an overarching framework of diversity, human rights, social justice, and responsibility.

You are encouraged to explore a range of professional applications of your practice skills, as you are closely mentored and supported by the faculty in the newly created professional seminar series offered throughout your first year of study. The program is built on a comprehensive integrated core curriculum, varied electives, and flexible time schedules allowing students of all ages and needs to participate in the learning process.

Course Plan

Year 1

Fall (9s.h.) Spring (9s.h.) Summer (3s.h.)
PCS 600, Principles and Practice of Conflict Management and Resolution PCS 605, Skills and Techniques of Conflict Management Concentration Requirement
PCS 601, Indigenous Peace Practices PCS 606 Organizational Conflict: Diagnostic and Intervention Tools OR
PCS 610, Transitional Justice
Concentration Requirement
PCS 607, Conflict Analysis: Theories of Change Concentration Requirement

Year 2

Fall (9s.h.) Spring (9s.h.)
PCS 608, Special Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies PCS 690, Integrated Colloquium
PCS 610, Transitional Justice
Concentration Requirement
Concentration Requirement
Concentration Requirement Concentration Requirement

Concentration (optional)

Conflict Management (9 hours) International Peace Development (9 hours)
*Choose three courses (9 total credit hours) from the course list below *Choose three courses (9 total credit hours) from the course list below
PCS 533, Restorative Justice:Theory and Practice PCS 517, Peacebuilding Challenges in a Complex World
PCS 631, Crisis Management: Response and Resolution PCS 615, Crisis Management: War in the Modern World: What is it Good For?
PCS 647, Moving Conflict Through Negotiation and Mediation PCS 631, Crisis Management: Response and Resolution
PCS 676, Peace Development and Community Building PCS 647, Moving Conflict Through Negotiation and Mediation
PCS 665, Religion: Conflict and Confrontation
PCS 677, International Human Rights Advocacy

*Please contact your adviser with any questions about how to incorporate the concentration into your Plan of Study.

International Students

For more information about international programs, please click here

Important Dates

For calendars and important dates, visit the Registrar’s page.

Tuition & Fees

For information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Cashiers Office.


Important Documents