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.

Coverdell Fellow

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.

Start Online Application

Get the MAPJ Course Guide Complete the form to learn more about the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice           

Applications Now Open for Fall 2021

Take the Next Step:

 View Curriculum | View Careers

Apply Now Connect With Admissions

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.


Meet Professor Topher McDougal

Kroc School professors draw from their ongoing engagement in communities, deploying their expertise in real situations, making each lesson relevant and impactful. As part of the Master's in Peace and Justice program, you can take courses such as Environmental Peace and Justice from outstanding professors like Topher McDougal.