Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences

 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 will be 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 StudyThis 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 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 (39 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 ResolutionPCS 605, Skills and Techniques of Conflict ManagementConcentration Requirement
PCS 601, Indigenous Peace Practices PCS 606 Organizational Conflict: Diagnostic and Intervention ToolsOR
PCS 610, Transitional Justice
Concentration Requirement

PCS 607, Professional Research SeminarConcentration Requirement

Year 2

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

Concentration (optional):

Professional Conflict Practice (9 hours)International Peace Development (9 hours)Education (9 hours)
*Choose three courses (9 total credit hours) from course list below*Choose three courses (9 total credit hours) from course list below*Choose three courses (9 total credit hours) from course list below
PCS 647, Moving Conflict through Negotiation and MediationPCS 505, Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Response for Environmental SustainabilityPCS 625 Conflict Resolution in Education: K-12
PCS 652, Conflict Resolution in GroupsPCS 517, Peacebuilding Challenges in a Complex WorldPCS 626 Conflict Resolution in Higher Education
PCS 631, Crisis Management: Response and ResolutionPCS 676, Peace Development and Community BuildingPCS 631 Crisis Management: Response and Resolution
PCS 533, Restorative Justice: Theory and ModelsPCS 677, International Human Rights AdvocacyPCS 533/SWK 533 Restorative Justice: Theory and Practice
PCS 645, Conflict PracticePCS 579, Gender and PeacebuildingPCS 652 Conflict Resolution in Groups
PCS 685, Resolving Conflict in Health Care Systems: Achieving Peace through HealthPCS 685, Resolving Conflict in Health Care Systems: Achieving Peace through Health

*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