Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (Kroc School) is dedicated to creating and sustaining peaceful and just societies. To drive positive peace, we work across disciplines, such as political science, sociology, anthropology, business, law, and economics. We believe diverse knowledge and perspectives are essential to equip innovative changemakers and peacebuilders who are able to solve humanity’s urgent challenges. The University of San Diego established the Kroc School in 2007 as the first standalone school of its kind in the United States. The Kroc School grew out of the University’s pre-existing Master of Arts in Peace and Justice program and furthers the institutional mission of preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.
The Kroc School houses the Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ), focused on practice and co-creating knowledge with peacemakers from across the world, and in partnership with the School of Business, the Center for Peace and Commerce which organizes the prestigious Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge.
Master of Arts in Peace and Justice
The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice (MAPJ) is an interdisciplinary program designed for individuals seeking knowledge and hands-on experience to address a wide range of peace and social justice challenges, such as inter-group violence, civil wars, refugee and forced displacement issues, human rights abuses, and environmental injustices. The curriculum spans multiple approaches to peace and justice, including conflict analysis and resolution, international justice and human rights, environmental justice, leadership and organizations, as well as field-based courses and an internship placement for practice-based learning. The goal of the MAPJ program is to produce graduates who are practitioners, capable of applying theories of peace and justice to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. The MAPJ prepares students for careers in areas such as international development, humanitarian aid, human rights, environmental policy, and peace and security, and in organizations ranging from grassroots nonprofits and private sector companies to the United Nations. The MAPJ is offered as a full-time 24-month or part-time program.
Dual Degrees in Law and Peace and Justice (Juris Doctor / MA Peace and Justice)
The Dual Degree in Law and Peace and Justice combines a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice (MAPJ) from the Kroc School. The JD/MAPJ, completed over four years, gives students the chance to study law and policy while gaining a deep understanding of the historical, institutional and cultural factors that drive conflict, injustice, oppression and poverty. The JD/MAPJ is a fit for students interested in issues like immigration, human rights or mediation; those who plan to advise a global clientele; those who wish to take a lawyer’s route to influencing policy; and public interest lawyers seeking to tackle broad questions of social justice using both law and policy frameworks.
Master of Arts in Social Innovation
The Master of Arts in Social Innovation program (MASI) is designed for individuals with vision, leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset and want to tackle the world’s toughest challenges, such as poverty, climate change, and inequality. The MASI curriculum incorporates theory with field-based practicums, design thinking pedagogy, and the opportunities like pitch competition, in which students can create and test their innovative solutions for complex problems. MASI graduates have impactful, purpose driven careers in philanthropy, government and nonprofits. Others create economic, social and environmental value in the private sector, working in B-corps, social enterprises, consulting and corporate social responsibility. The MASI is offered as a full-time 9-month or part-time program.
Combined Degree Program: Bachelor's to Master of Arts in Social Innovation
The combined degree program is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of San Diego, and results in the conferral of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts in Social Innovation. Enrolled students take up to 12 units of graduate course work in the MASI program during their junior and senior years, which they apply to both undergraduate elective and MASI graduate requirements.
Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution
The Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR) is designed for working professionals in any field seeking the opportunity to leverage their experience and cultivate new skills to effectively manage and resolve conflict. This multidisciplinary program covers theory and practice to transform interpersonal, group, organizational, community, and systems-level conflict in a variety of contexts. Through ongoing experimentation, simulation and practice, MS-CMR students gain skills in conflict analysis, negotiation, mediation, facilitation and dialogue. The MS-CMR is offered as a full-time 15-month, accelerated 9-month, or part-time program.
Applicants accepted into the Kroc School are eligible to be considered for scholarships such as the Gandhi Fellowships, Joan B. Kroc Scholarships in Peace and Justice Studies, the Dean’s Graduate Merit Scholarships, and fellowships through the Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice. Students can apply for merit-based scholarships to support the cost of participating in international field-based courses, and for graduate assistantships which come with $1200 tuition. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at USD for further information regarding financial aid and loans.
Patricia Márquez, PhD, Dean
Emily Nagisa Keehn, JD, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs
Krista Kokjohn-Poehler, MBA, Assistant Dean of Marketing and Advancement
Andrew Blum, PhD, Executive Director of Institute for Peace and Justice, Professor of Practice
Jeffery Hugger, Director of Operations and Events
Ami Carpenter, PhD, Associate Professor
Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, PhD, Associate Professor
Paula A. Cordeiro, EdD, Dammeyer Distinguished Professor Global Leadership and Education
Juan Rivas Espinosa, PhD, Lecturer
Michael Fryer, MA, Professor of Practice
Philip Gamaghelyan, PhD, Assistant Professor
Karen Henken, MBA, Professor of Practice
Topher McDougal, PhD, Associate Professor
Everard Meade, PhD, Professor of Practice, Faculty Director of Trans-border Initiative
Juan Roche, PhD, Professor of Practice
Dustin Sharp, PhD, JD, Associate Professor
Necla Tshirgi, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Human Security and Peacebuilding