School of Health and Human Sciences

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) 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. There are two modes of delivery, on-campus and asynchronous online. The application process is the same for both modes of delivery. In the application, you will be able to choose which mode of delivery you are applying for.

The PCS MA requirements are currently being reviewed with an eye to providing more student choice in the completion of the MA degree. We anticipate less required courses and more elective courses beginning in the fall of 2021. Please stay tuned for updates.

Application Process for Admission to the Masters Program

Admission to the master’s program is rolling basis year round. If you wish to be considered for an assistantship you must meet the early deadline, February 15th. 

  • Complete an online application to the Graduate School.
  • For Fall admission, complete your application by July 1st (February 15th to be considered for an assistantship and/or tuition remission.).
  • For Spring admission, complete your application by October 1st.
  • 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 (Preferably by persons capable of speaking about your academic work or academic potential).
  • GRE is not required.
  • Write a personal statement [250-300 words] explaining your personal goals and why you wish to study Peace & Conflict Studies.
  • As part of the admission process,  you may be called for a short personal interview, either in person, by telephone, or Skype.

VISIONS Program for Non-Degree-Seeking Students

If you would like to take Peace and Conflict Studies classes out of personal or professional interest it is easy to do so. The Graduate School’s VISIONS Program offers the opportunity to explore a graduate program on a part-time basis, strengthen your graduate application, or simply grow as a student. “If you later decide to enroll in the PCS Master’s or the PCS
Certificate program, up to 9 hours taken through the Vision Program can be applied to the PCS MA degree or 3 hours to the PCS certificate program. The application for the VISIONS Program is easy to fill out and the deadline is near the beginning of each semester.

Course Registration Process

  1. (New students) Activate your default computer accounts.
  2. For new students, the Graduate Program Director will assist you in filling out an initial Plan of Study (PDF)This plan may be updated throughout your journey through the program.
  3. Pick your classes based on the Graduate School Catalog 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 Peace and Conflict 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 (9 credits) Spring (9 credits)
PCS 600, Principles and Practice of Conflict Management and Resolution PCS 605, Skills and Techniques of Conflict Management
PCS 601 Indigenous Peace Practices PCS 607, Conflict Analysis: Theories of Change
PCS Elective Course PCS Elective Course

Year 2

Fall (9 credits) Spring (9 credits)
PCS 610, Transitional Justice PCS 690, Integrated Colloquium
 PCS Elective Course PCS Elective Course
PCS Elective Course PCS Elective Course

Elective Courses

PCS 606 Organizational Conflict: Diagnostic and Intervention Tools 3 PCS 633 Restorative Justice
PCS 608 Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies 3 PCS 634 Reconciliation, Spirituality, and Community in Peacemaking
PCS 609 Community-Engaged Research PCS 656 Sports, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
PCS 615 War and Peace in the Modern World PCS 665 Religion: Conflict and Confrontation
PCS 627 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies PCS 676 Peace Development and Community Building
PCS 630 The Power of Nonviolence for Social Change PCS 677 International Human Rights Advocacy
PCS 631 Crisis Management PCS 679 Gender and Peacebuilding
PCS 632 Conflict Transformation at the Food-Water Nexus

International Applicants

For more information about the International student application process, please click here

Semester Calendars 

For semester calendars and important dates, click here.

Tuition & Fees

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