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    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Doctor of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies

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    Expected duration

    • 4 years

Program details

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) PhD is a four-year program consisting of coursework, a candidacy examination and successful defense of a doctoral thesis.

Expected duration: 4 years

Tuition and fees: two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

In addition to the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students must complete:

  • 12 credit hours of required courses at the 7000 level
  • 6 credit hours in a cognate area
  • 6 credit hours in research methods
  • A candidacy examination
  • A thesis proposal and defense

Sample course offerings:

  • PEAC 7010: Interpersonal Communication, Problem-Solving, and Trust-Building (3 credit hours)
  • PEAC 7020: Theories of Conflict and Resolution (3 credit hours)
  • PEAC 7040: Violence Intervention and Prevention (3 credit hours)
  • PEAC 7050: Intercultural Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (3 credit hours)
  • PEAC 7120: Peacebuilding and Social Justice (3 credit hours)
  • PEAC 7122: Dispute Systems Design (3 credit hours)
  • PEAC 7124: Gender, Conflict and Peacemaking (3 credit hours)
  • PEAC 7240: Indigenous World Views and Approaches to Peacebuilding (3 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) PhD program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

To be considered for admission to the PACS PhD program, you must have a minimum of:

  • A master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies or equivalent
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of study.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

The PACS PhD program has only one application deadline per year. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • CV: should include detailed information about prior academic training, professional experience, awards, scholarship, skills and/or publications.
  • Statement of Intent: should be a 3–4-page personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) outlining your outlook, prior experience and academic and/or professional goals.
  • Writing sample: should show evidence of appropriate academic research capability (e.g., master’s thesis, reports, published papers, etc.)
  • Thesis research proposal: should be a 3–4-page (maximum 1,000 words) statement of interest outlining your proposed area of research.
  • Three letters of recommendation: should be from individuals who are familiar with your academic abilities and potential. It is recommended that one of these letters be from your master’s thesis advisor and should indicate your demonstrated suitability and preparation for PhD studies.

Application deadlines

Canadian, US and International applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Fall 2022 December 1, 2021 Apply

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Arthur V. Mauro Institute for Peace & Justice
St. Paul’s College
70 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Phone: 204-474-7273
Fax: 204-474-8828