The peace studies concentration in the Master of Global Affairs is for students committed to building sustainable peace and justice through careers in policy analysis and political change, leadership in public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and conflict analysis and transformation. You’ll join a global network of more than 500 master’s graduates addressing the causes of violent conflict and sustainable peacebuilding, human rights and human development, environmental sustainability, and related issues.
This concentration builds on the program offered for 30 years by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
Peace studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the causes of violent conflict — including war, terrorism, genocide, and violations of human rights — and develops strategies to build peaceful and just societies, systems, policies, institutions and relationships.
Strategic peacebuilding focuses on the structural roots of violence and on inclusive, sustainable efforts to transform conflict at all levels of society.
Students in International Peace Studies engage in extended fieldwork (July to December of the second year) with an organization at field sites around the world, including Colombia, El Salvador, Myanmar, Uganda, the Philippines, Washington, DC, and more.
Students then return to Notre Dame for additional elective courses and to develop their capstone project, pursuing an individualized course of study that best fits their personal interests and career goals.
The International Peace Studies program is uniquely positioned among global programs in its commitment to peace as a common good. This binds together many of the theories and experiences that students encounter throughout the program, including a formative field internship.
All students spend six months in the field, connecting knowledge from the classroom with real-world experience in partnership with a leading peace and justice organization. Students are challenged to:
Students graduate with the training, connections, and experiences to become reflective practitioners, distinguished for their commitment to peace and human flourishing worldwide.