The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies administers the International Peace Studies (IPS) concentration as part of the Keough School’s Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program.
The IPS curriculum is rigorously interdisciplinary and pushes students to move beyond simplistic solutions to violence, and toward conflict transformation in complex and dynamic environments.
Hallmarks of the IPS concentration include:
First-year courses are designed to give new MGA IPS students foundational “building blocks” that equip them with theory, skills and knowledge. For instance, the “Developing a Peacebuilding Practice” course introduces models for thinking strategically about the intersection of theory and practice in settings of conflict and peace.
Foundational courses present an integrative understanding of global affairs, which deepens students’ understanding of the field of peace studies. Among the course topics are economics, global politics, research methodology, and Integral Human Development.
Field placements take place between July 1 and December 15 each year. Students intern an average of 30-35 hours per week with their organization so that they have sufficient time to develop their own research. Internship times and weekly schedule will be determined by mutual agreement to meet the needs of both the organization and the student.
Recent placements have included:
Students return to campus for their final semester to complete an integrative master’s capstone project. They participate in a retreat to reflect on their field experience in conversation with their cohort peers and advisors. In the capstone course, they complete and present the integrative project based on their independent field research.
Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Joan B. Kroc, the Kroc Institute offers all students who are accepted into the master’s program a full scholarship and stipend for housing and living expenses. This includes financial and professional support during the field experience, such as the cost of travel to and from the field site.