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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) is an interdisciplinary and applied program that focuses on conflict transformation with a special focus on local indigenous and community content.

In addition to analyzing conflict and peace strategies in the classroom, you learn practical skills and get hands-on experience in conflict transformation and reconciliatory work that promotes equality, justice, and equitable access to and ownership of resources.

The program:

  • teaches the theoretical components of peace building, and applies them to real-world scenarios, thus challenging you to think critically at each stage of analysis, and develop problem-solving skills.
  • empowers you to be proactive global citizens by focusing on positive communication and understanding between cultures.
  • assumes the equality of all human beings and promotes the notion that empathy, equality, and mutual respect foster the optimal conditions for social, intellectual, and personal development.
  • promotes intercultural dialogue in the Fraser Valley and abroad. The core courses bring the diverse peoples of the Fraser Valley into face-to-face dialogue that is centred on conflict and peace building.
  • provides you with in-depth case studies to expand analysis to global contexts. You learn from international peace practitioners, and have the opportunity to develop workplace skills and engage in peace building field work.
  • focuses on local and global sustainability.


Peace building is a relatively new field that is growing rapidly and is characterized by fluid career paths and varied employment opportunities. When you graduate, you can find work in a wide array of fields, including foreign affairs, international development, peace building, advocacy, humanitarian relief, restorative justice, social entrepreneurship, and more. With substantial field experience and additional education, you can become a senior advisor or a freelance consultant.

To boost your job prospects in international settings, add a specialized qualification to your degree, such as a second language, logistics, urban planning, communications, accounting, nursing, agriculture, or IT. Your Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies can also lead you to further studies in peace building and conflict transformation, or in related areas such as law, policy research, international development, or public administration.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$15,740.00 (US$ 11,588) per year
Fall or winter tuition: CAN $7,870 (12 credits) plus CAN $656 for every additional credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2023

Start date

4 January 2023, 8 May 2023


University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Campus,

33844 King Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V2S 7M8, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Overall GPA of 2.67 for the 60 credits applied towards their BSW application.

For international students

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.

  • TOEFL - score of 88 or higher (iBT) with no section below 20
  • IELTS - score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • CAEL - score of 70
  • PTE - score of 61 with 60 in writing
  • Cambridge - Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) min C
  • Cambridge - Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - A
  • EIKEN - Grade 1
  • CanTEST - score of 4.5 with a minimum writing score of 4.0
  • MELAB - score of 85
  • LPI - score of 30 (Level 5)
  • English 12 C+ (or recognized Canadian equivalent) - Some programs require a higher English grade.
  • DET (Duolingo English Test) - 110

Deadline - Winter semester: Sept. 15; Summer semester: Feb. 1; Fall semester: April 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) offers over 100 study programs in over 30 subject areas, ranging from accounting to graphic design.

  • UFV is nationally recognized for its outstanding reputation
  • Provides over 75 study abroad destinations
  • Main campus has free shuttle bus services for students
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