Building on over 25 years of experience in delivering undergraduate programs in conflict resolution, peace, and international development studies, CMU now offers a Master of Arts degree that blends these core themes, designed both for practitioners and for those pursuing academic studies.
What distinguishes the MA in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development?
The program's subject matter and focus:
- It bridges the fields of peacebuilding/conflict resolution studies and development/transformational justice studies.
- It gives close attention to religious dimensions, theological foundations, and interfaith relations.
- It promotes multiple levels of competencies. It is designed especially for practitioners and professionals, seeking to be responsive to the needs of organizations and agencies, while retaining academic rigour and remaining attractive to those pursuing academic studies or careers.
The program's flexibility:
- It has a flexible curriculum, to best meet the varied needs, goals and interests of students.
- It allows entry points at three times during the year (May–June, September, January).
The program's highly qualified, competent and engaged faculty:
- CMU’s faculty not only have impressive academic and teaching qualifications, but they also have among them years of experience as practitioners and consultants, both in domestic and international settings.
The program's multi-sited locations and interactions:
- CMU as a private Christian university has a footprint both at its Shaftesbury Campus, but also as Menno Simons College in a public university context where it engages a wide-range of perspectives and backgrounds.
- Partnerships with other institutions and organizations also enrich the program.
The program's multi-course formats:
- Regular semester courses (September–December, January–April).
- Intensive courses (normally classes meet for one week) offered annually in June through CMU’s Canadian School of Peacebuilding.
- Modular courses (1.0 to 1.5 credit hours). Students may attend special lectureships, seminars, workshops or short courses for credit. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.
- Independent-directed studies (normally only after having completed 15 credit hours in the program)
- Online and video-conferencing courses are planned for future years.
For additional information please contact Program Coordinator Ray Vander Zaag by email at rvanderzaag:@:cmu.ca, or by phone at 204.487.3300 or toll free at 1.877.231.4570.
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