International Peace Studies


The Master of Global Affairs – International Peace Studies concentration builds on the master’s degree offered for 30 years by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the causes of armed conflict — including war, terrorism, genocide and violations of human rights — and develops ways to prevent and resolve violent conflict and build peaceful and just systems and societies. Strategic peacebuilding focuses on the structural roots of violence and on inclusive, sustainable efforts — across all levels of society — to transform conflict.

Students who choose to specialize in International Peace Studies join more than 500 master’s graduates worldwide working to build sustainable peace and justice through policy analysis and political change, government and organizational leadership, and conflict analysis and transformation.

See selected positions of alumni in international peace studies.

Meet master’s students in the Class of 2017.

The International Peace Studies concentration is directed by Susan St. Ville.

Career opportunities:  Policy advising in government, regional or global organizations or NGOs; research and analysis in NGOs and civil society organizations focused on human and economic development, human rights, dispute resolution, environmental protection, and international law and justice; political organizing and advocacy; human rights implementation; religious, faith-based, and inter-faith work; education at all levels; socially conscious business and entrepreneurship; mediation and facilitation from the grassroots to the international level; restorative justice; program development and training in conflict transformation.

In the Classroom and in the Field


Photo by Matt Cashore  peace studies students 1

As part of the Integration Lab (i-Lab) sequence, students in the International Peace Studies concentration work from July-December at a partner organization at field sites in Colombia, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Uganda, the Philippines, or Washington, D.C. Students then return to Notre Dame for additional elective courses and to develop their capstone project.

Recent student fieldwork placements have included: 

  • World Vision
  • Asociación Sembrando Semillas de Paz
  • The World Bank
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Observatory for Internal Displacement, University of Cartagena
  • Center for International Policy
  • Social Justice Coalition
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Ndifuna Ukwazi (Dare to Know)
  • Refugee Law Project
  • Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum
  • Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
  • Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
  • Rabbis for Human Rights
  • Geodgedacht Forum
  • Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
  • Applied Research Institute
  • Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
  • Wi’am, Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center
  • Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative
  • Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization
  • Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
  • The AIDS Support Organization
  • The Justice and Reconciliation Project
  • Institute for Inclusive Security
  • Arms Control Association
  • Future of Peace Operations (Stimson Center)

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 Questions about International Peace Studies?

Contact:  Susan St. Ville, Director, International Peace Studies concentration,

Frequently Asked Questions about the Master’s Program

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