Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

Master of Arts
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The master of arts program is based on the assumption that all people experience conflict and can benefit from learning skills in conflict and peacemaking. The approach is multidisciplinary, allowing you to understand and practice working with the dynamics of conflict. The program is rooted firmly in Christian values and thought which emphasize justice and right relationships as represented in the ancient and holistic ideal of shalom.


  • Hands-on experience in mediation and facilitation
  • Cooperative learning with VORP and San Joaquin College of Law
  • Faculty members are practitioners in the field
  • Work closely with FPU's Center for Peacemaking

Career opportunities

In addition to providing assistantships for current graduate students, this degree prepares professionals for long-term careers in mediation and conflict resolution.

Program director

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Larry Dunn, Ph.D.

Program Director, Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • One current professional reference form
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Letter of explanation if GPA is below 2.75
  • Writing sample indicating graduate-level proficiency

Course listing

Required Courses (minimum 40 Units)

Theories And Methods
PACS 700Peacemaking Institute2 – 3
PACS 708Conflict Analysis3
PACS 710Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution1
PACS 746Restorative Justice3
PACS 751Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures3
History And Theology

Select a minimum of one of the following

BIB 736Violence/Non-Violence3
PACS 702Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3
PACS 730Historical Peacemakers3

*May be waived if student has had previous experience in mediation

PACS 756Introductory Practicum in Mediation1
PACS 758Advanced Mediation3
Master Of Arts Core
PACS 771Methods in Peace Research Design2

Select one of the following couplets

PACS 798
PACS 799
PACS 796
PACS 790
Project/Thesis Proposal and
Project/Thesis-Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
or Comprehensive Examination and
Integration Seminar


Choose from the listed PACS courses to complete the program. With the prior approval of the program director, students may also choose related courses from other areas of the graduate curriculum or courses from the Biblical Seminary. Directed and independent studies are also available to pursue special interests. Students intending to do a research thesis in contrast to a project thesis should give special attention to preparatory coursework in research methodologies.

Select one of the following concentrations

Concentration area courses provide more focused and in-depth study in a selected area of interest within the field. Students take a minimum of 9 units in one area of six areas listed below.

Church Conflict And Peacemaking Concentration
PACS 752Church Conflict Management and Leadership3

Select a minimum of two of the following

COUN 724Interpersonal Communication2 - 3
PACS 716Group Dynamics and Processes3
PACS 730Historical Peacemakers3
PACS 751Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures3
Mediation Concentration
PACS 739Institute in Establishing a Mediation Practice1
PACS 764Internship in Peacemaking2 - 6
PACS 751
PACS 762
Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures and/or
Family Mediation
Restorative Justice Concentration
PACS 737Institute in Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Development2
PACS 746Restorative Justice3
PACS 751Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures3
PACS 764Internship in Peacemaking2 - 6
Personalized Concentration

Select courses in consultation with the program director to meet a special interest or need.