“The program was the perfect mix of theory and practical learning.”

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Laurel Collins, MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding

Laurel Collins

MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding

(2012)

“I am constantly using the skills and experience I gained in my program.”

The MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding at Royal Roads University was a truly transformative experience for me. For my professional field placement, I got a position with the UN Refugee Agency in Northern Uganda, and that research and field work launched me first into a PhD program focused on nonviolence and social change, and then subsequently into politics.

The program was the perfect mix of theoretical rigor and practical learning, and it taught me how to bring these elements together to make change. My classmates in my cohort had much more diverse backgrounds than I had expected, and it made the learning even more rich and meaningful.

The unique model of distance learning and on campus intensives made it possible for me to continue working while in my program, and to continue to gain valuable experience outside the program. Today, as a Victoria City Councillor and instructor at the University of Victoria, I am constantly using the skills and experience I gained in my MA program and in my professional field placement. I am incredibly grateful for the academic and experiential foundation it gave me, and I would not be where I am today without this foundation.

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