August 2014: MA Human Security & Peacebuilding

The MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding program provides working professionals, or those looking for a career in peacebuilding, with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to help restore peace and civil society in fractured countries where conflict and post-conflict contexts are present.

Delivery Model

Online Learning

The majority of this program is experienced through online learning. Online courses enable you to meet the demands of work and family while studying. Using our web-based learning platform, you will access your reading materials, complete individual and group assignments, and engage with the rest of your classmates and instructors; online from anywhere. Each online course will be nine weeks in length, with a two-week break between courses.


During the course of your two-year program, you will attend two, two-week on-campus residencies. Here you’ll interact face-to-face with your instructors, cohort and team. You’ll have set class hours as well as homework and meetings outside of class hours, making this an intensive and rewarding time.

Completion Options

During the first year of study, all students will take the same set of courses that place emphasis on the study and practice of inter- and intra-group conflict in a range of organizational contexts. During the second year, students can select from the following options.

Thesis Track

Students taking the thesis option will be required to take a second research course during their second residency.

Course-Based Track

Students taking the course based-master’s track will be able to continue their studies online during the second year, choosing from a suite of school-based electives.

Course-Based Track with Professional Field Placement

Within the course-based option, students may choose to take a 6-credit Professional Field Placement. Students who choose a Professional Field Placement will gain field experience in a supervised professional international practicum. This experiential learning will help students apply their theoretical knowledge by demonstrating their ability in a real-world setting, and documenting their experiences.

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:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Communication
  3. Research
  4. Knowledge
  5. 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.