Human Security and Peacebuilding, M.A.

Human Security and Peacebuilding, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding program at Royal Roads University is a two-year, interdisciplinary graduate program that responds to the increasing demand for leadership in humanitarian assistance, social reconstruction, conflict management and peacebuilding in international contexts.


Peacebuilding is viewed as a broad concept which emphasises social transformation integrating short-term (development) initiatives into long-term, sustainable peace processes. The Human Security and Peacebuilding Human Security and Peacebuilding program at Royal Roads University provides working professionals, or those aspiring to work in the field, with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to help restore peace and civil society in post-conflict contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Royal Roads University works with an outcomes-based learning model. Learning outcomes are clear, plain language descriptors of knowledge and performance tasks that students demonstrate in order to successfully complete a program.

Within the MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding, there are five key learning outcome domains:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Knowledge
  • Professional Skills & Practice
  • Using learning outcomes helps to clarify a program’s focus, helps students connect their program to their workplace, provides a focus for assessment/evaluation, and helps employers understand the benefits of the program. Read more about the learning outcomes.

    Who It’s For

    Many of our students have experience in complex emergency environments, working in either domestic or international settings within NGOs, government and military, as well as First Nation or indigenous populations. These professionals have experience in human security and peacebuilding, and are now looking to further develop their understanding of the complex interrelationship between economic, political, and social development, and human security. This program will enable them to advance their professional practice in complex conflict-related contexts.

    Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Process. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please visit our program admission page.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include

    • Foundations of Human Security and Peacebuilding
    • Social Policy Issues: Social and Economic Insecurity
    • The Politics of Governance and Human Security
    • International Law and Global Institutions
    • Conflict in the Post-cold War Era
    • Diplomacy, Development and Crisis Management
    • Capacity Building: Applied Field Skills, Strategies and Processes
    • Foundations of Research
    • Intercultural Competence
    • Advanced Research Methods
    • Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action
    • Psychosocial Interventions: Managing Stress, Trauma, and Loss
    • Ethno-political Conflicts in the Canadian Context
    • Internship
    • Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice
    • Adaptive Management for Complex Humanitarian Problems in the 21st Century
    • Environmental and Resource-based Conflict Management
    • Risk and Crisis Communication
    • Professional Practice in Conflict and Change Management
    • Transdisciplinarity in Practice

                                                    Detailed Programme Facts

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                                                    English Language Requirements

                                                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                                    • Minimum required score:


                                                      The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                                                    • Minimum required score:


                                                      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                                    • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


                                                      C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

                                                      Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                                                    Academic Requirements

                                                    You need the following GPA score:

                                                    Required score: 3.33
                                                    Recommended score: 3.33

                                                    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.33 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.33 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                                    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                                    Standard Admission
                                                    • Four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a relevant and related field*, with a minimum GPA of 'B+' (3.33/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution
                                                    • Flexible Admission

                                                      • Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA requirement, will be required to have a minimum 5 years of relevant* professional experience.
                                                      • Applicants without an undergraduate degree will normally require 10 years of work experience, with a minimum of two years of relevant* professional experience.
                                                      • All flexible admission applicants will be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum B+ (77%).

                                                    Tuition Fee

                                                    • International Applies to you

                                                      15317 USD/year
                                                      Tuition Fee
                                                      Based on the original amount of 30634 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                                                    • National Applies to you

                                                      12155 USD/year
                                                      Tuition Fee
                                                      Based on the original amount of 24310 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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                                                    Living costs for Victoria

                                                    • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
                                                      Living Costs

                                                    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                                    Financial planning is a crucial component of early educational planning. Please review funding opportunites well before your program begins to help build a reasonable budget.


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                                                    Research Scholarships

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