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School of Peace Studies

Contact: Marisa Alioto
mnalioto@sandiego.edu
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

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice begins in late August. A 12-month track is available for individuals with more than three years of work experience relevant to the field of peace and justice. Those without this experience should apply for the 17-month track, which includes a 10-week summer internship.

Please be sure to check out application deadlines and other important information in Admissions.

Requirements for the Degree: 12-Month Track

  • Full-time status as a graduate student
  • Approval of courses by the Program Director
  • Orientation, which introduces students to the range of interdisciplinary scholarship in the program
  • 30 units of graduate work with a 3.0 or higher
  • Four core courses (12 units)
  • Three elective courses* (9 units)
  • One skills-based course (3 units)
  • Three 1-unit workshops/practica (3 units)
  • Capstone Project (3 units) must be at “B” or better performance: you'll apply skills and perspectives acquired in the program to a current problem threatening or preventing peace and/or justice
  • No more than 6 units of course work at the 300 level or 400 level can be counted toward the 30 units.

*If you'd like to focus your studies on an emphasis (human rights, development and human security, or conflict analysis and resolution), you must take at least two of the three elective classes in your area of emphasis.

Requirements for the Degree: 17-Month Track

  • Full-time status as a graduate student
  • Approval of courses by the Program Director
  • Orientation, which introduces students to the range of interdisciplinary scholarship in the program
  • 33 units of graduate work with a 3.0 or higher
  • Four core courses (12 units)
  • Three elective courses* (9 units)
  • One skills-based course (3 units)
  • Three 1-unit workshops/practica (3 units)
  • Internship (3 units)
  • Capstone Project (3 units) must be at “B” or better performance: you'll apply skills and perspectives acquired in the program to a current problem threatening or preventing peace and/or justice
  • No more than 6 units of course work at the 300 level or 400 level can be counted toward the 30 units.

*If you'd like to focus your studies on an emphasis (human rights, development and human security, or conflict analysis and resolution), you must take at least two of the three elective classes in your area of emphasis.

With the exception of the capstone course and, for students in the 17-month track, the internship, substitutions of required courses can occur with the approval of the program director if a required course duplicates previous academic work of the student.