Apply Today: Join the Professional Peacebuilding Network of the Kroc Institute

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Since the Kroc Institute began over 30 years ago, Apartheid has ended, the Berlin Wall has fallen, and Northern Ireland and Colombia have negotiated peace agreements to end decades of conflict. At the same time, climate change, extremism, and massive inequality present increasing threats around the world, highlighting the ongoing need for peacebuilders at all levels of society.

The master’s degree in international peace studies launched by the Kroc Institute at Notre Dame in 1987, and now part of the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) at Notre Dame’s Keough School, has developed distinctive commitments that define our character and a global alumni network that expands our reach.

To address these challenges, the Kroc Institute offers a peacebuilding program with a number of distinguishing characteristics:

  • The normative focus of our program is central: commitment to the common good, to integral human development, to peacebuilding, and to justice and human flourishing.


  • The international and experiential diversity of our student body is one of the most salient aspects of our program. Each year 75% of our students come from outside the United States and arrive having been shaped by a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and life experiences.


  • Financial support in the form of full scholarships and living expenses is available to all accepted students, enabling students of all economic backgrounds to participate in this excellent educational experience and to learn from one another.


  • The interdisciplinary nature of peace studies allows us to connect faculty and students from diverse academic disciplines—including history, psychology, theology, political science, sociology, and anthropology—in the study of the causes of violence and paths to peace.


  • The importance of linking theory and practice led to development of the Kroc Institute’s distinctive 6-month field experience, which allows students to apply their learning on the ground midway through the two year program, helping students to develop into reflective practitioners with professional outlooks.


  • More than 1,700 graduates (600 Master’s students) now form Kroc’s professional peacebuilding network. Spanning 91 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Kroc alumni are able to connect with each other to share resources, questions, job postings, connections, and opportunities to network around the world.


Kroc alumni make an impact at every level: from grassroots community organizing to international policymaking. Their work addresses issues including human rights, international development, environmental justice, conflict transformation, and more.

Apply today to the Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies program and join our network of alumni working worldwide to advance justice and advocate for sustainable peace.

Apply by December 15, 2018

With questions about the Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies program, please contact Susan St. Ville, Director of the International Peace Studies Concentration at [email protected].

Students in the Master of Global Affairs program can also choose a concentration in Sustainable Development or Global Affairs (with a specialization).

Anne Hayner, the writer of this blog post, is the Associate Director for Alumni Relations at the Kroc Institute. She helps with professional development and facilitates connections for and between Kroc’s 1,700+ alumni.




Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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