Why Choose the Kroc School

Finding your fit.

Maybe it's the natural beauty of our location and our proximity to the border region, or our method of applying peace and justice learning beyond the classroom, or our esteemed faculty and visiting lecturers, or the diversity of our students — whatever your motivation, everyone connected to the Kroc School has a reason why it's special to them, why it "fits."

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People make the place.

Here, you'll experience the collective power of dynamic people. Our faculty doesn't just write textbooks and research papers about religious extremism or conflicted border regions, they bring a greater understanding of the issues by going to the places, listening to the people and seeking out global perspectives. On campus, we bring in lecturers and peacemakers like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall. And in the classroom, you'll expand your mind through the diverse viewpoints of classmates from communities that span the world.

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A peace and justice immersion.

While some universities have peace departments or programs, we have an entire school dedicated to peacebuilding, changemaking and social justice. As the nation's first stand-alone school focused on peace and justice, you'll learn that pursuing peace alone is not enough — it must be sought with justice as an equal interest in order to make change. That's why our coursework includes specific topics like transitional justice, our fieldwork explores empowering exploited communities just across the border and our guest speakers and visiting scholars cover topics like cultivating peace and justice.


More to learn through our Institutes and Centers.

When you want to cross the border to see how people in Mexico are building peace amid drug cartel violence, there's the Trans-Border Institute. When you need insight and support for your big idea that seeks to improve health care or create employment to underserved communities here and abroad, there's the Center for Peace and Commerce. When you want to learn about what it means to make peace in a situation of violent conflict, there are the Women PeaceMakers from the Institute for Peace and Justice.

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Field classes that take you places.

In the field might mean the streets of Tijuana, or it could be an internship in Kenya. To make peace through justice requires learning by doing. Our field-based classes go beyond just an assignment in an out-of-the-way location. We let you work with experienced peacebuilders responding to crises — giving you knowledge and skills that prepare you to launch your career.

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A distinct learning environment.

On the USD campus, natural beauty complements our Spanish Renaissance architecture for an atmosphere that complements learning. At the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, you'll experience our inspiring environment at every turn — whether you're going to class with the Pacific Ocean outside your window, eating lunch beside fountains on our plaza or spending a quiet moment on the back lawn amid our reflecting pool, sculptures and gardens overlooking the city of San Diego.