Master, PhD at Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, US

Deadline: 15 December 2010
Open to: for MA: holders of diploma showing award of B.A. or equivalent; for PhD: completed Master’s degree
Scholarship: 90% of Kroc master’s students receive financial support; PhD students normally receive a fellowship to cover five years of study and research

Master’s Program

The Kroc Institute prepares master’s students for careers as professional peacebuilders. Students follow a learning plan  designed to ensure that they acquire foundational knowledge in the field of peace studies; master skills and methods needed for strategic peacebuilding; integrate insights from multiple disciplines as well as peacebuilding theory and practice; gain expertise in the peace-related career path of their choice; and develop the professional values, ethical standards, and interpersonal competencies needed to promote peace, justice, and human rights.

More than 90% of Kroc master’s students receive financial support in the form of scholarships, stipends, and funded internships. Upon graduation, they join a worldwide network of Kroc peacebuilding professionals and scholars who work to build a more just and peaceful world.

Apply to the Master’s Program

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 15 for the upcoming academic year. Applicants usually are notified of the decision of the admissions committee by April 1.

Men and women of all nationalities and diverse religious and philosophical traditions are welcome to apply.

For detailed application requirements, visit the master’s application page.

Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program prepares students in research methodologies associated with the disciplines of history, political science, psychology, sociology and theology. Students also undertake interdisciplinary study on the causes of armed conflict, the conditions necessary for peace, and the ingredients for effective peacebuilding.

Students normally receive a fellowship to cover five years of study and research, if needed, and assuming satisfactory progress each semester, but they are also required to apply for external funding for dissertation research.

Apply to the PhD Program

All applications must be submitted online by December 15. Applications missing required materials after the December 15 deadline may not receive full consideration.

Men and women of all nationalities and diverse religious and philosophical traditions may apply.

You do not need to apply separately to any department in order to be admitted to the peace studies Ph.D. program. If you are already enrolled in a doctoral program and seek to enter the Ph.D. in peace studies program, you must submit a formal application, even if you are currently enrolled at Notre Dame.

You may simultaneously apply for admission to the peace studies doctoral program and to the separate doctoral program of one of the five departments (history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology), but this is not necessary. If you choose to do this, you must submit two applications — one for each program. If materials have already been submitted for admission to one of the collaborating departments and you decide to apply to the peace studies doctoral program, you may submit a second online application to the peace studies program. You may request that many materials for your departmental application, including letters of recommendation, be inserted in the new application to the peace studies program. However, you must submit a new “statement of intent” for the second online application, describing details of academic background and career interests relevant to advanced work in peace studies. Apply to Ph.D. program.

FAQs for the MA program.

FAQs for the PhD program.

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