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M.A. in Conflict Studies

School of Conflict Studies

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The MA program provides two options:

  • Research Paper option: six compulsory courses; five optional courses; Research Paper (ECS6140).
  • Thesis option: six compulsory courses; three optional courses; Thesis (ECS7999).

Compulsory Courses (18 units)

  • ECS5101 Identity-Based Conflict (3u)
  • ECS5103 Research Methods (3u)
  • ECS5110 History of Conflict Resolution (3u)
  • ECS5131 Design and Evaluation of Conflict Resolution Interventions (3u)
  • ECS5302 Theories of Conflict (3u)
  • ECS5304 Ethical Dimensions of Conflict (3u)

Optional Courses (15 or 9 units)

Students select five courses (Research Paper option) or three (Thesis option) from the list of optional courses.

  • ECS5112 Trauma, Healing And Reconciliation
  • ECS5114 Genocide And Reconciliation
  • ECS5116 Political Economy Of Conflict
  • ECS5118 Contemporary Peacebuilding
  • ECS5119 Mediation And Negotiation: Theory And Research
  • ECS5120 Selected Topics In Conflict Studies
  • ECS5140 The Adaptive Leader
  • ECS5141 The Comprehensive Approach To Complex Operations
  • ECS5142 Complexity Thinking For Integrative Peacebuilding
  • ECS5143 Intercultural And Inter-Religious Engagement
  • ECS5144 Peacebuilding, Identity-Based Conflict And Reconciliation
  • ECS5311 Religious Identities And Conflict
  • ECS5313 Spirituality And Conflict
  • ECS5315 Gender And Conflict
  • ECS5316 Indigenous Cultures, Conflict And Coexistence
  • ECS5921 Research Internship
  • ECS6140 Research Seminar
  • ECS6999 Master Thesis

A maximum of two graduate courses (6 units) may be taken from other programs and universities with prior authorization from the director of the program.


ECS6140 Research Seminar (3u) (Research Paper option)
ECS7999 Thèse de maîtrise / Master’s Thesis (Thesis option)

For admission to the thesis option, a student admitted to the MA in Conflict Studies program must first obtain 9 units (through courses or through advanced standing), and then apply to the the director of the School for permission to enroll in the thesis option. To do so, the student must find a suitable supervisor and submit a detailed topic and plan of research. The director will examine the application and inform the student of its decision.

If a student chooses the thesis option and the thesis uses a quantitative methodology, a course in quantitative methodology is required. If the thesis uses a qualitative methodology, one of the following is required: a course in qualitative methodology, participant observation, content analysis, or evaluation research.