Admitted Students

You're in! What's next?

Welcome to the next chapter in your journey as a changemaker. Today, your dream of taking action toward peace is becoming reality. Whether you're on campus or in the field, we'll give you the tools, knowledge, and resources to make peace your full-time job. Let's get started.

Important Next Steps

Confirm Your Enrollment

Don't forget to reserve your seat in our incoming class by submitting your enrollment confirmation form and enrollment deposit to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline indicated in your admissions letter. Watch this step-by-step tutorial

Claim Your Email Address

Once you confirm your enrollment, make sure you Register for an Account to set up your USDOne student account and your USD email address.

Register for Classes

Once you confirm your enrollment and have met with your faculty advisor and appropriate administration at new student orientation, you will be eligible to register online for classes using the MySanDiego portal. Watch this space for updates!

Pick Up Your Student ID

Your Torero ID card is very important, as it's used on campus for identification, campus cash, and to check out library materials. To obtain a Torero ID Card, you must be registered for classes and should bring a valid picture ID (such as a driver's license or a passport) for identity verification to Campus Card Services, located in Hahn University Center, room 127.

Financial Aid and Assistantships

We know that financing your graduate education is a priority. If you haven't yet applied for Financial Aid, be sure to apply as soon as possible.The priority deadline for graduate students for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is April 1. Still have questions about Financial Aid? Visit USD's Financial Aid Resources page for additional information related to loans, scholarships and USD employment or head to the One Stop Student Center to meet with a financial aid counselor.USD's Student Financial Services website provides information related to graduate tuition and fees, payment dates and deadlines and access to critical e-forms.

Kroc School students also have the opportunity to work in collaoration with Kroc School faculty. Learn more about the Kroc School Graduate Assistantship Program. You can also submit an application online.

One Stop Student Center

USD's One Stop Center is the place to get answers to questions related to Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Academics/Registration and Additional Campus Resources.

New Student Orientation

All Kroc School Programs: 

All incoming students are required to attend an interactive and dynamic new student orientation, which will allow students to meet key contacts and resources at the Kroc School and within the larger USD community. Students should plan to be in sessions on campus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Optional evening activities will also take place that week. 2020 Kroc School Orientation will take place Tuesday, September 1st. 


International Students (all programs): 

Each year, Kroc School faculty, administrators, staff, continuing students and alumni welcome students for comprehensive orientation programs. Incoming international students from all Kroc School programs are required to attend three-day orientation run in conjunction with the English Language Academy to introduce students to the American university system and to give them critical learning strategies and tools to utilize inside and outside of the classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to check-in with the International Center on Friday, August 21st (required). Students will be expected to be on campus for sessions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the duration of orientation week. 2020 International Changemakers Welcome will take place Wednesday, August 26th.

Welcome, International Students!

We are proud that so many international students choose to study at the Kroc School and at the University of San Diego. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) offers a variety of resources to assist you throughout your experience at USD. Please note that all international students are required to check-in with OISS upon arrival in San Diego. For additional information about this very important check-in process and information related to arrival to the United States, please visit the OISS website.

Obtain Health Insurance

All University of San Diego full-time graduate students are required to have health insurance. When you register for classes, your student account will be charged for the USD Student Health Insurance Plan. Students must decide to enroll or waive the charge if they already have insurance by answering questions online. A new waiver needs to be submitted at the beginning of each academic year.

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Program Requirements

The Kroc School consists of a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice, a Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution. All programs have full-time and part-time options available. 

Also see Internship Program and Faculty Biographies.


Student Accomodations

The Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center is committed to helping students with disabilities obtain meaningful academic accommodations and support to help improve access to the many excellent programs and activities offered by the University.

If you have a disability, we encourage you to request accommodations and support through the Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center (DLDRC). If you have any questions or would like additional guidance, feel free to contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services: 619-260-7929.

Living in San Diego

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Welcome to San Diego!

San Diego is known as "America's Finest City" and is California's second-largest city, boasting gorgeous beaches, a sunny and temperate climate year-round, and a diverse array of landscapes and attractions. Learn more about what San Diego has to offer!

Off-Campus Housing Resources

San Diego offers a variety of unique neighborhoods and housing options – from bungalows near the beach, to urban living downtown and in the central neighborhoods, family-friendly suburban settings – San Diego has something for everyone!

Graduate students are responsible for finding their own housing. Need help finding a place to live? Visit USD's Off Campus Housing Resource for Graduate and Law Students to explore neighborhoods, view maps, and helpful renter information, as well as information related to transportation and parking.

Get to Know Campus

The Kroc School is located on the west side of campus, which overlooks some of the most beautiful communities of San Diego. The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (KIPJ) is home to our Office of the Dean, the Institute for Peace and Justice, the Center for Peace and Commerce, the Kroc School Ideation Station and several classrooms and conference rooms. The KIPJ also has its own theatre, gorgeous gardens and a reflection room.

Want to take a closer look? To learn more about USD's beautiful campus, visit this interactive campus map.

Parking and Transportation Resources

Getting to campus via car or public transportation is a breeze! Check out these resources to help you get to USD.

Parking Permits

Students must display a valid USD parking permit at all times while parking on campus. Long term parking permits can be purchased online through the Parking Services website. Please review the parking rules and regulations before coming to campus.

Public Transportation Resources

The San Diego region is served by two transit agencies, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD), which includes the North County Coaster. Students who wish to use public transportation are encouraged to purchase a discounted MTS Student Passes on campus at the Hahn University Center Ticket Office.

Visit to find complete information on all of the public transportation options, traffic alerts, and green transportation alternatives in San Diego County.

Alternative Transportation Resources

The iCommuteSD web site has helpful information on alternative transportation including bicycling, carpools and vanpools.

USD Tram Service

While you can get most anywhere on campus on foot, USD's Tram Service is free to all students, employees, and visitors to the university and makes regular stops throughout campus. The tram also provides transportation to and from the Old Town Transit Center, which provides convenient access to much of the greater San Diego area.

Graduate Student Life

Graduate Student Life Resources

Graduate Student Life is thriving at USD! Be sure to check out the Graduate Student Life webpage to learn more about upcoming eventsstudent organizations, the Graduate Student Council, and other graduate student resources.

Military and Veterans

At the Kroc School, we recognize that our military and veteran students play an important role in peacebuilding efforts all over the world, and are grateful for their service. We encourage these students to investigate resources available to military and veteran students, and to take advantage of the VA Education Benefits Programs, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.


The Hahn University Center and Student Life Pavilion (UCSLP) is the place on campus to dine, shop and meet. These student service hubs house a variety of resources and amenities for USD students.

Peace and Justice Graduate Student Association

The Peace and Justice Student Association's mission is to enhance and empower post-Graduate students while adding value to their overall academic experience while at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. The Association provides various resources including a place to discuss ideas and concerns alike while bringing higher visibility to the school not only within the USD community but on a local, national, and international level.

The Association supports student-organized events for students and faculty, both on- and off-campus, that raise awareness for important issues that are relevant to the mission of the School and of the Association.

If you would like to receive the bi-weekly newsletter that describes upcoming events and features student and faculty, please let us know via email:

Visit their website at

2019-2020 PJSA Council:

  • Executive Director: Janet Nguyen
  • Assistant Director: Jessica Blandón
  • Director of Finance: Caelie Fish
  • Directors of Administration and Communication: Courtney Vaughan and Hillary Maravilla
  • Director of Marketing: Kendahl Kelly
  • Directors of Student Social Engagement and Professional Development: Madison Dingsdale and Beth Brookes-Lamdin
  • Directors of Inter-graduate Student Relations: Brooke Scott and Andressa Goncalves Grechi
  • Directors of Special Projects: Brittany Salyers and Idovel Guides
  • Director of Sustainability: Anya Janssen