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

Larry Dunn, Ph.D.
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)


PACS 700Peacemaking Institute2 – 3
PACS 708Conflict Analysis3
PACS 710Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution1

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 Mediation *1
PACS 758Advanced Mediation3
PACS 760Mediation and the Law3

Master of Arts Core

PACS 771Methods in Peace Research Design2

Select one of the following

PACS 799 and
PACS 798Project/Thesis-Peacemaking and Conflict Studies and
Project/Thesis Proposal4


PACS 790Integration Seminar2