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M.A. in 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 (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.