At the graduate level SPCS now offers a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies. SPCS faculty also teach courses in the Conflict Analysis and Management concentration of the graduate program in Political Science.
Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies
Beginning in Fall 2023, SPCS offers a Master of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (MAPCS). Students matriculating into this program will choose from concentrations in Applied Conflict Transformation (ACT), or Peace, Conflict, & Development (PCD). Students taking the MAPCS program will examine the causes and consequences of violence, develop methods for preventing, resolving, and transforming conflicts; and analyze the values and institutions of peace. They will study relevant academic and policy literature, develop an advanced understanding of the field and the applied skills necessary to become effective practitioners.
Applied Conflict Transformation concentration
This concentration focuses on the intellectual foundations and applied skills necessary to pursue careers embedded in the domestic dynamics of peace and conflict, including human relations, organizational conflict resolution, and group and community conflict transformation.
Peace, Conflict, & Development concentration
This concentration explores the intersection between peace, conflict, and development in fragile or insecure states and societies around the world, particularly in the global south. This has relevance for policy in fields such as international conflict prevention, international peacekeeping, post- conflict peacebuilding, sustainable development and good governance.
Conflict Analysis and Management (CAM) track in the Political Science Graduate Program
Since 2013, SPCS faculty have been teaching courses in the Conflict Analysis and Management concentration in the Political Science graduate degree program. This program allows students to earn a PhD (or an MA) in Political Science with a focus on conflict analysis and management. See the coursework for the Conflict Analysis and Management concentration.
For more information about the Conflict Analysis and Management concentration in Political Science, contact:
Dr. Daniel Chand, Associate Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, Department of Political Science: 330-672-8939; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Landon Hancock, Professor, School of Peace and Conflict Studies: 330-672-0904; email@example.com
Read a news article about the creation of this concentration and the 40th anniversary of the Applied Conflict Management (now Peace and Conflict Studies) degree program.
Leading Through Challenge Graduate Certificate (through the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship)
The Leading Through Challenge Graduate Certificate, offered through the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, is designed to develop skills for managers in dealing with challenging situations. This certificate program consists of five graduate-level courses, which include three Peace and Conflict Studies courses and two Management courses.
Other Graduate Degree Programs
Some graduate degree programs at Kent State allow students to take electives in other departments. Student seeking graduate degrees in other programs may be able to take courses in Peace and Conflict Studies to enhance their study in other disciplines.