International Peace Studies

International Peace Studies

Building peace and justice at every level — from grassroots to global

This 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, government and organizational leadership, and conflict analysis and transformation. You’ll join a global network of more than 500 master’s graduates addressing violent conflict and peace, human rights and human development, environmental sustainability, and related issues.

 Career opportunities

  • Policy advising in government or NGOs
  • Research and analysis in human/economic development, dispute resolution, environmental protection, international law/justice
  • Political organizing/advocacy
  • Human rights implementation
  • Religious, faith-based and interfaith work
  • Education at all levels
  • Socially conscious business and entrepreneurship
  • Mediation/facilitation – grassroots to international
  • Restorative justice
  • Program development and training in conflict transformation


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 ways to prevent armed violence and 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.

In the classroom and in the field

Students in International Peace Studies engage in extended fieldwork (July to December of the second year) with an organization at field sites in Colombia, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Uganda, the Philippines, and Washington, D.C. Students then return to Notre Dame for additional elective courses and to develop their capstone project.

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Recent Student Field Placements

  • 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)