This multidisciplinary undergraduate program attracts some of the top-achieving students who go on to take positions in prominent international organizations such as the United Nations, work on social justice issues through non-governmental organizations, and pursue graduate degrees in law and social science. The Centre also provides opportunities to conduct original research in the field, engage with some of the world’s top researchers on the causes and consequences of violence, and participate in internships and placements at relevant organizations.

The program seeks students with a variety of different experiences and qualifications.

While we welcome students with diverse experiences, this is a limited enrollment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students. Admission is determined by a range of criteria, including at the initial stage a student’s academic background, a statement of interest in the program, a writing sample, and as a later stage of the process, a personal interview on invitation of the Program Director. In some cases, reference letters may be requested by the Program Director. In the past, enrollment in Peace, Conflict and Justice has proven to be extremely competitive across all these dimensions, and an applicant’s success in any one of these dimensions does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

To apply, you must have completed 4.0 FCE.

While it is NOT a prerequisite for program admission, students in their first year who are interested in the program in Peace, Conflict and Justice are advised to take three introductory courses in History, Economics, Psychology, Sociology and/or International Relations (courses listed in Cluster 1 for the major and specialist).


Please review these instructions carefully as the application process has changed. Questions related to your application should be directed to only.

Step 1: Online application

Students may request a Peace, Conflict and Justice subjectPOSt on ACORN between March 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021. Students may choose to request the major program (ASMAJ1228) and/or specialist program (ASSPE1228).

Step 2: Supplementary materials

Upon submitting the request via ACORN, students must also email the below listed supplementary materials to by April 30, 2021.

Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their supplementary materials before April 30 as any incomplete applications will NOT be considered after the deadline.

  1. In no more than 250 words for each response, please answer the following two questions:

    A) Tell us about a present-day issue of peace, conflict or justice that you consider important. Why does it matter and why do you think everyone should know about it? (no citations/bibliography necessary)

    B) Why are you interested in studying peace, conflict and justice at the Trudeau Centre?

  2. A writing sample (essay) from this past year in university. Maximum length of 10 pages.
  3. Resume

Students are advised to prepare their supplementary material in advance of submitting the subjectPOSt application request on ACORN. Applications made via ACORN alone cannot be assessed until supplementary materials have also been received via email.

Note: If you are applying for both the major and specialist stream, please send two separate emails with the subjectPOST codes clearly indicated in the subject line (see below).

Step 3: Submitting your supplementary materials

When emailing your supplementary documents, please follow these naming protocols for your application(s) to be considered:

  • The email subject line should read as Last Name, First Name – SUBJECTPOST CODE
  • Supplementary documents should be emailed to at the time the request is made on ACORN
  • Submit all documents as a single (i.e. one) PDF or Word document
  • Name the files as Lastname, Firstname – SUBJECTPOST CODE
    • Example – Jane Smith applying for a PCJ major (ASMAJ1228)
    • Email Subject Line: Smith, Jane – ASMAJ1228
    • File Name: Smith, Jane – ASMAJ1228

Step 4: Interviews

Not all students will be invited for an interview. If you are selected, you will receive an email with interview dates and times. Arrangements will be made for those who are unable to attend an in-person interview. Interviews will take place in May and early June.

Step 5: Results

Students will be notified of their results between May 1 – June 12 on ACORN. Some students may be placed on a wait-list; however, this does not guarantee admission into the program.

Step 6: Registration

Once invited to the program, students are responsible for accepting the invitation on ACORN by July 10. Students admitted into the program have guaranteed entry into our core courses.

Please note that second round requests will not be accepted.

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