School of Peace Studies

Contact: Jessica López
Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 123
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Why Choose the Kroc School

Five Reasons to Choose the Kroc School

Women Peacemakers Meeting

The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies offers an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the integration and use of theory and practice. Our goal is to provide the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to help build and sustain peace and justice around the world.

In addition to our small class size, collaborative environment, and academically rigorous curriculum, here are five reasons to choose the Kroc School at the University of San Diego:

1. The only graduate school focused on Peace and Justice 

At the Kroc School you will develop the knowledge and practical skills to become a scholar-practitioner able to address international conflicts and build sustainable peace with justice.

2. Intense interdisciplinary program that offers practical experience in the field and in the larger public policy environment

An integral part of a Kroc School education is the opportunity for you to benefit from and gain practical experience in the field and in the larger public policy environment through our two Institutes, the Institute for Peace and Justice and the Trans-Border Institute. You'll have a chance to learn from ongoing research and initiatives on border issues, human rights, development and conflict resolution.

3. Unparalleled location on the edge of border issues

The Kroc School in southern California is one of the few freestanding graduate schools of peace studies in the world. Its geographic location has produced important partnerships on issues related to the border region.  Additionally, the presence of a large military community in the San Diego area provides a unique opportunity for dialogue about the role of  the military in conflict and peacebuilding.

4. Small class size with students from around the world

With small classes and a program that attracts students with diverse backgrounds, you will develop lasting relationships that will transform your educational experience — and your life. Professors know students by name, and our collaborative and open environment sparks discussion, debate, and creative solutions to the world's problems.

5. Unique international experience and education

The Master's 17-month track of study includes a 10-week U.S. based or international internship placement over the summer. What's more, the program draws a dynamic and diverse student population from more than twenty countries on four continents.

We welcome you to contact us for more information, to visit USD and the Kroc School, or apply today.

The University of San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.