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Conflict Studies

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  • Program requirements

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 (ECS6999).

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.

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)
ECS6999 Thèse de M.A. / MA 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 Admissions Committee 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 Committee 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.