Current Students

Your guide to studying at Kroc.

As a part of the University of San Diego community, you enjoy access to campus-wide resources. Kroc School students also benefit from additional facilities, opportunities and support uniquely tailored to meet the needs of peacebuilding students.

Handbook, Policies and Forms

Kroc School Graduate Assistantship Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for a Graduate Assistantship (GA)?
Applicants who are newly admitted or are currently enrolled students in a full-time Kroc School program. In order to apply, the applicant must be in good academic standing.

How much financial support do I receive as a Graduate Assistant?
Students who are selected for a Kroc School GA position will receive $1200 in funding, which will be applied toward tuition costs during the semester in which they have been selected. Assistantship awards do not cover fees, books or other expenses.

What hours are Graduate Assistants expected to collaborate?
It is expected that students collaborate for 40 hours per semester. Please note actual hours will vary by position and are typically between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

What are Graduate Assistants responsibilities?
Responsibilities will vary by position. Graduate Assistantships are designed to enhance student learning by collaborating with faculty. It is an opportunity to assist in research, the design of pedagogical innovations or related projects.

How many GA positions are available?
The number of GA positions is contingent on faculty demand.

How can I apply for a graduate assistantship?
Please complete the Kroc School Graduate Assistantship Program Application.

Please note the application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall: September 10, 2019
  • Spring: January 15, 2020

Faculty will review applications and make decisions based on the fit between their research and pedagogical interests and the applicant's qualifications. Students will be notified no later than two weeks after the deadline.

May I renew my assistantship contract?
Yes, contracts are renewable. Graduate Assistants must complete a new application to be considered for renewal.  

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.

Career Services

The Kroc School offers many opportunities for students to interact with the peacemaking community through internships, volunteering and events. USD also has a robust Career Development Center, which provides extensive services to undergraduate and graduate students.

USD's Career Development Center Resources:

Additional Kroc School Career Resources:

Graduate Student Life

Graduate Student Life is thriving at USD! Be sure to check out the links below to stay up to date with campus-wide graduate events and resources!

Graduate Student Life
Graduate Student Events
Graduate Student Campus Resources
Student Organizations
Graduate Student Council
List of Centers and Offices at the UCSLP
Informal Study Spaces
Dining Services

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:

The transition of leadership occurs during elections in mid- to late-September.

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.