Master of Arts in Peace and Justice

Turn your passion into action.

Your Motivation

Many people want to change the world. But drive alone is not enough. At the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, we merge theory and practice to give you conceptual insight and hands-on training so that passion for peace and justice transforms into visible change.

Our Master of Arts in Peace and Justice prepares students from diverse backgrounds for careers ranging from conflict resolution and mediation to human rights, social entrepreneurship to education, development to advocacy. MAPJ students have undergraduate degrees in such diverse fields as political science, international relations, human rights, psychology, the arts or business administration.

We're looking for creative problem solvers and leaders who, with the right education and guidance, will advance peace and justice wherever they choose to work. Come join us.

Our Curriculum

The flexibility of our program accommodates a variety of student goals and schedules.

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The Outcome

People who pursue a MAPJ share a common interest in peace and social justice. But they come to us at different points in their lives and from different places. Some have just finished their undergraduate education. Others are seasoned professionals who want to further their ability to effect change in or beyond their field of expertise. Whatever the path, you'll graduate with a toolkit for promoting peace, an expanded mindset for overcoming injustice, and the knowledge and skills for making effective change.

After receiving her MAPJ in 2006, Markella-Eleonora Mantika took her interest in conflict resolution to the Dozo community in Korhogo, Northern Ivory Coast. There, she put her Kroc School education into practice working in the field to bring together diverse groups, sectors and approaches as a Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer for the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. Together with the local population, and empowered with knowledge, Markella continues to seek peace with justice as she works toward solutions to solve or transform conflict.

While her story is impressive, every MAPJ student is accomplished. We give you the career guidance, counseling, workshops, professional networking and mentoring you need to succeed in different roles in any sector.

Markella-Eleonora Mantika Alumna Working with the UN to Combat Explosive Remnants of War Markella-Eleonora Mantika (MAPJ ’06) has been working in the field with United Nations Peacekeeping Operations since 2011.

Our graduates become teachers, CEOs, senior policy advisors, magistrate judges, foreign service officers, directors of development and international trade specialists. They work at the United Nations, One Earth Future Foundation, U.S. Department of Commerce, Catholic Relief Services, Nature Conservancy, the World Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development, among other private, public and nonprofit companies and organizations. They stand out for their capacity to analyze the root causes of violence, oppression and injustice, together with the appropriate peacebuilding strategies to address them.

Chris Yanov Changing Lives To be a peace and justice changemaker you don't have to leave the country. Alum Chris Yanov didn't even have to leave San Diego. Read Chris's inspiring story of how his Kroc School degree prepared him to develop a program that's changing the lives of at-risk youth in San Diego.
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Internship in Kenya
The Kroc School Internship Program provides an opportunity to put coursework into practice at home or abroad. Hear from MAPJ student, Jessica Ciccarelli, about how her internship in Kenya gave her a new lens into the practice of peacebuilding.
Dr. Emile Bruneau
Put (Neuro) Science to Work
Further your understanding of peace in action through our Distinguished Lecture Series. Watch Dr. Emile Bruneau discuss putting (neuro)science to work for peace.
current class Your Classmates Coming from across the globe, your fellow Kroc School classmates may be diverse in background, but are similarly driven by deep compassion and intellectual curiosity.
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Take a Tour
See our campus from a student's perspective. Let MAPJ student, Dana Chavarria, take you on a video tour.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Contact Us

Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8123
krocschool@sandiego.edu

Visit Campus

KIPJ Room 121
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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