The foundation of Institute of Social Science Studies (IPSAS) was approved by the Department of Higher Education on 23 November 2001 as a center of excellence for research and development in the field of social sciences. The Institute officially started its operation on 1 January 2002 with the name of the Institute of Community Studies and Peace (PEKKA) in line with the approval of the Department of Higher Education [Result Higher Education Committee Meeting (JKPT) Bil.7/2001]. PEKKA establishment is to fulfill the mission of University Putra Malaysia to become a center of learning and research, which contributes not only to human advancement and discovery of knowledge but also to the creation of wealth and nation building.
Realizing the intense competition in the education sector and to enhance research excellence, the university has restructed the institute with regard to the concept of clusters and research focus areas. The restructuring of the institute considers UPM as Agricultural Education Center, UPM as a Centre of Excellence for Agrobiotechnology, UPM as a Research University, UPM as a center of knowledge and wealth creation.
Effective from January 2007, the Ministry of Higher Education has agreed to approve University application for the restructuring of the institute (Higher Education Committee Meeting No. 1/2007). Since then, PEKKA was known as the Institute for Social Science Studies (IPSAS).