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Monday, November 14, 2022

Earn a Peace Studies Degree: Which Program is Right for You?

Written by Kroc School

Have you ever wondered how you can create change? Making a difference in our communities and in the world doesn’t happen overnight, but with the proper skills and education, you can place yourself one step closer to fulfilling your passion for change.

At the Joan B. Kroc School for Peace Studies, we offer different graduate degree options with one thing in common: building peacemakers. Maybe you’ve just decided you want to help create more peaceful communities or you’ve been considering this pathway for a while. Whatever your future holds, we have the resources, ideas, faculty, research, and most importantly, we have the passion to help you begin this journey.

What Peace and Justice Degree Program is Right For Me?

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the best program for you – length of the program, modality options, cost – but most importantly, deciphering which graduate program is best for you based on your individual interests.

Are you a peacekeeper, a leader, or an explorer? An innovator, healer, or negotiator? Maybe you are a mix of all attributes. Whatever the case might be, we’ve compiled a quiz we think you might be interested in taking!

Answer fun questions in our new quiz, What Kind of Peacebuilder Are You? to determine what your interests, skills, and passions say about you. In turn, discover the potential program pathways you can take in the peace and justice field based on your individual answers!

Take the Quiz!

In the quiz, you’ll match with a degree program that pairs best with your answers. If you feel on the fence about your answers, we encourage you to take it again and see if you get the same result! You’ll either receive MA in Peace and Justice (MAPJ), MA in Social Innovation (MASI), MS in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR), or JD/MA in Pace and Justice (JD/MAPJ). To learn about each of these programs, see below!

MA in Peace and Justice

Building upon a broad range of undergraduate majors, MAPJ students learn how to address a wide range of peace and social justice challenges, including armed conflict, refugee and forced displacement issues, human rights abuses, and environmental injustices.

MA in Social Innovation

With various undergraduate majors, MASI students learn the skills necessary to develop sustainable, scalable solutions to tackle humanity's urgent challenges, whether that leads to growing their own social impact startup as a social entrepreneur or leading innovative programs in an established organization.

MA in Conflict Management and Resolution

With various backgrounds, MS-CMR students learn the skills necessary to expertly navigate intra-societal conflicts and create positive conversation at the individual, workplace, community, national and international levels.

JD/MA in Peace and Justice

Through the USD School of Law and the Kroc School, JD/MAPJ Dual Degree students study law and policy while gaining a deep understanding of the historical, institutional and cultural factors that drive conflict, injustice, oppression, and poverty. With a Juris Doctor and graduate degree in peace and justice, JD/MAPJ graduates combine peace and law to make a global impact through careers in the public and private sectors, as well as intergovernmental organizations and nonprofits.

Gaining Peace Education at Kroc School

The world needs more changemakers like you to stand up and make a difference in our world. If you have any questions about our programs or the quiz, or if you would like to receive more information about Kroc School, please feel free to schedule a one-on-one virtual meeting with an admissions advisor today!

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About the Author

Kroc School

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) launched in 2001 with a vision of active peacebuilding. In 2007, the Kroc IPJ became part of the newly established Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, a global hub for peacebuilding and social innovation. The core of the Kroc IPJ mission is to 
co-create learning with peacemakers — learning that is deeply grounded in the lived experience of peacemakers around the world, that is made rigorous by our place within a university ecosystem and that is immediately and practically applied by peacemakers to end cycles of violence.

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