Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego

Why you should consider this program

At the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, we merge theory and practice to give you conceptual insight and hands-on training so that passion for peace and justice transforms into visible change.

Our Master's in Peace and Justice prepares students from diverse backgrounds for careers ranging from conflict resolution and mediation to human rights, social entrepreneurship to education, development to advocacy. MAPJ students have undergraduate degrees in such diverse fields as political science, international relations, human rights, psychology, the arts or business administration.

Students enrolled in the MAPJ program will engage in dialogue with top peace and justice leaders from around the world inside and outside the classroom. Field-based courses--locally, across the world’s busiest border and around the world--allow for practical learning in real time.

Quick Facts:

  • First stand-alone school focused on peace and justice
  • Students come from 30 countries in 5 continents 
  • Network opportunities with high level speakers from around the world
  • Practice based curriculum for real world application
  • UN partnership 

We're looking for creative problem solvers and leaders who, with the right education and guidance, will advance peace and justice wherever they choose to work. Come join us!

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 51,668 $ 27,000 $ 24,668
Out of state $ 51,668 $ 27,000 $ 24,668
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

  • Application waiver
  • 50% of tuition waved
  • 6 units of Peace Corps experience toward degree

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

  • Scholarships. All full-time program applicants are considered for the Gandhi Fellowship, Joan B. Kroc Scholarship in Peace and Justice Studies, and Dean’s Graduate Merit Scholarship.
  • Federal Work-Study (FWS)/College Work Opportunity Program (students must apply for Financial Aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and be offered FWS).
  • Graduate Assistantship. All students may apply. Value is $1,200 for 40 hours of work per semester applied toward the cost of tuition.
  • Practice Fellowships at Kroc School’s Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ). All students may apply. Value is $5,000 in tuition support plus a stipend for 10-15 hours of work per week.
  • Internship Program Funding. All students may apply to receive up to $3,000 toward their internship.
  • Student Opportunity Grant. All students may apply for a grant of up to $1,200 to support costs associated with opportunities such as presenting papers at an academic or professional conference or travel with one of the Schools’ institutes to participate in a special field project.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 16,650

Application fee waived?



Put your theory into practice with an internship that could take you across town in San Diego, across the country or across the ocean. This 10-week immersive experience in the summer will expand your skills, knowledge and network of peacebuilding contacts around the world. Work with changemaking organizations in real-life settings to learn what it means to be a leader, to manage programs, and to make progress within complex organizations.

Each master's student is paired with a faculty advisor who offers mentorship and guidance throughout the internship process, including helping you choose an organization that best fits your interests and career goals. Through our internship program, you could gain experience in:

  • Monitoring and evaluation 
  • Human rights documentation 
  • Conflict analysis 
  • Mediation and negotiation 
  • Project design and management
  • Grant writing workshop and training facilitation 
  • Public speaking 
  • Researching, analyzing and drafting policy documents
  • Communications: press release writing, website design 
  • Cultural competency 
  • Teamwork

Jobs for program alumni

With every graduating class, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies challenges our students to go out into the world to make change. And our alumni do not disappoint. From ESL teachers to company CEOs, Field Representatives to Foreign Affairs Officers, Community Security Specialist to International Trade Specialist, our alumni are pursuing careers that position them as leading changemakers.

A degree from the Kroc School offers graduates world-wide career opportunities where you can transform ideas into action for impact. Whether you are interested in working in the non-profit, corporate, government, education, health or government sectors, your Kroc School education, including extensive opportunities for practical experience, will make you a valuable contributor to your chosen field and to your community.

Other details

Program length

2 years, Full Time

Application requirements

  • Online application for admission:
  • Official sealed transcripts from degree granting institution
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or C.V.
  • Four short essays
  • (International applicants have additional requirements)

Admissions process

Please email [email protected] to obtain an application fee waiver. Be prepared to provide proof of your service. When you are informed of whether or not you have been admitted into the MA program, you will also be informed if you have been accepted as a Coverdell Fellow. 

To qualify for the Coverdell Fellows Program students must be enrolled full time. 

Program begins

Early September

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Hilary Beggs, Interim Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions

KIPJ 122
San Diego, California 92110