Master of Arts in Peace and Justice

Turn your passion into action.

Program Overview

Many people want to change the world...but drive alone is not enough. At the Kroc School, we merge theory and practice to give you conceptual insight and hands-on training so that passion transforms into visible change.

Our Master of Arts in Peace and Justice (MAPJ) is an interdisciplinary program designed for individuals seeking knowledge and experience to address a wide range of peace and social justice challenges such as armed conflict, refugee and forced displacement issues, human rights abuses, and environmental injustices. The curriculum spans multiple approaches to peace and justice, and emphasizes experiential learning through local and international field-based courses and an internship.

Graduates become practitioners equipped with the theoretical grounding, skills, and tools to promote and advance peace. They are prepared for diverse career paths in human rights, humanitarian aid, peace and security, environmental policy, international development, policy advocacy and more. We welcome students with undergraduate degrees in a variety of fields such as political science, international relations, sociology, psychology, the arts or business administration. What our students share in common is a commitment to be a force for positive change.

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The Outcome

Our graduates have careers with institutions such as the United Nations, One Earth Future Foundation, U.S. Department of Commerce, Catholic Relief Services, the Nature Conservancy, the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development, among other private, public and nonprofit companies and organizations. Our students and alumni stand out for their capacity to analyze the root causes of violence, oppression and injustice, and apply impactful peacebuilding strategies to address them.

The Kroc School is 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.

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Application Deadline Extended: January 19, 2021

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Meet Professor Ami Carpenter

Kroc School Associate Professor Ami Carpenter speaks to the importance of advocacy in the field of peacebuilding. She shares effective methods that can lead to positive change and concrete examples of how advocacy is used, and also how highlights the skills that Kroc School students gain to become effective advocates of peace and justice.


2020 MA in Peace and Justice Alumna Andrea García

Andrea García's grandparents were immigrants from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and her family's love for education inspired her to work hard.