School of Peace Studies

Contact: Marisa Alioto
Phone: (619) 260-7929
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 113
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Academic Programs

The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Graduate Programs

Do you want to be an effective agent of peace and social justice? Our graduate programs are designed to prepare students for solving today's most vexing issues. With this in mind, we offer an integrated curriculum that explicitly combines social justice, poverty alleviation and conflict resolution. Through a distinctive learning experience, students will expand their vision and imagination of what is possible to build a better world and gain expertise to translate ideas into action.


Since students come from diverse backgrounds and have different levels of experiences, we offer two master's degree programs.  Students with five or more years of experience are encouraged to apply to the Master of Arts in Peacebuilding.  Students without this experience should apply to the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice program, which includes a required internship.

Program Length

The Master of Arts in Peacebuilding is a 1-year program, which is full-time.  The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice is offered as a full-time 2-year program or as a part-time program. 

What to Expect

The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies graduate programs are designed to prepare you for solving today's most complex issues of poverty, escalating conflict and violence, social injustice and human rights.  Those completing our programs will emerge with a changemaker's way of thinking, knowing, being and interacting.

Learning Outcomes:  MA in Peacebuilding

This 1-year program is designed for highly motivated and thoughtful leaders in areas such as peacebuilding, human rights, conflict resolution, humanitarian relief, development and social justice.  The program provides a unique opportunity to learn new ideas and techniques in the field as well as to expand global networks.  After completing this program, graduates will be able to accelerate their initiatives or lead new ones with success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge for effective action.  Develop praxis that is grounded in theories of peacebuilding and social justice, and includes rigorous processes of self-reflection.
  • Innovate.  Think like an innovator to develop new solutions for effective peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
  • Lead.  Capacity to inspire, guide, connect and co-create with others.
  • Imagine.  Develop the moral imagination to address complex social problems and build positive peace.

Learning Outcomes:  MA in Peace and Justice

The 2-year program is designed for those seeking to acquire the fundamentals of peace and justice, while having the opportunity to integrate new knowledge and capabilities in applied peace projects.  In addition to courses and small workshops, the program offers a 10-week U.S. or international summer internship and a capstone integrative project.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze.  Capacity to identify and analyze the roots and drivers of violence, oppression, and injustice, together with peacebuilding strategies to address them.
  • Imagine.  Develop the moral imagination to address complex social problems and build positive peace.
  • Communicate.  Become an effective communicator with the ability to shape a compelling vision and lead effective teams
  • Professionalism.  Gain skills and competencies connecting individual career interests and market demands in the fields of peace, justice and social change.
  • Apply.  Integrate knowledge and experience for problem solving.

The Kroc School Advantage

To be an effective agent of peace and justice, new perspectives and knowledge are not sufficient.  At the Kroc School, we educate for transformative impact. Our holistic learning model blends theory and practice. Our faculty practice what they teach, and classes are infused with meaningful, real-world opportunities to address challenging local and global issues.

We welcome you to contact us for more information, visit USD and the Kroc School, or apply today.


We empower students to translate ideas into action and have access to unique peacebuilding projects within our award-winning institutes: The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice and the Trans-Border Institute.