International Peace and Conflict Resolution 3+2 Program
Leading to master’s degree from Arcadia University
About the 3+2 Program
- Highly selective program for academically talented students
- Bachelor and master's degrees in five years
- Political Science track
- International Studies track
- Opportunities to study abroad as an undergraduate
- Year of study abroad for master's program
- Problem-based learning and research models
This accelerated program integrates undergraduate and graduate training and provides comprehensive global learning opportunities. Arcadia’s undergraduate programs in Political Science and International Studies enrich the multidisciplinary perspectives inherent in the field of international peace and conflict resolution.
This accelerated program meets the needs of students who want to pursue accelerated training in IPCR, allowing for an intensive and rigorous five-year academic program that includes international experiences and practical fieldwork. This program allows talented students to pursue an accelerated option that is both more affordable and custom-designed to prepare them for a highly competitive job market.
About the M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution
The interdisciplinary Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution program is designed to produce graduates who are well-prepared for mid-level positions in a wide variety of governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. Academic programs in peace studies and conflict resolution, a growing international field, are interdisciplinary in nature and encompass perspectives from anthropology, biology, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology.
The graduate program includes an international study component, as well as a practical applied experience such as an internship. In the first year, students complete a core of 24 graduate credits on campus with the option of six additional credits of electives. The off-campus courses and professional experience, undertaken in the second year, can be coordinated through the Arcadia University College of Global Studies. This innovative M.A. program allows students to develop an area of concentration within peace and conflict resolution, build an international network of contacts, and gain practical field experience.
The specific course sequence for each track is available on request. Overall, a student will complete 128 hours toward the B.A. degree in either Political Science or International Studies and 38 hours toward the M.A. degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.
This is achievable in five years as some of the IPCR courses that students take in the fourth year will count toward the undergraduate degree. This allows five-year accelerated students to begin their graduate studies in the fourth year, together with all the incoming IPCR graduate students, while completing remaining undergraduate credit requirements. Students complete their senior thesis during their third year as the fourth year is spent on graduate methods training and preparation of the master’s thesis proposal.