The Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding program prepares its graduates for a variety of careers engaging the complex social and environmental problems affecting the health and well-being of the world’s citizens.

The 44 credit “MSP” program combines interactive classroom learning with professional practice through four semesters of courses and two summers of fieldwork.

Core courses in complexity, human-environmental interactions, conflict assessment, program evaluation, and leadership are complimented with elective coursework that matches each student’s area of interest. During fieldwork students build relationships with potential employers and put into practice what they have learned in the classroom. Recent student fieldwork projects include: conflicting land, water, and resource uses in Wisconsin; food security in Kenya; and infrastructure improvement and community well-being in Guatemala. Students may work as a team on an ongoing MSP project or develop their own fieldwork opportunities.

The MSP combines methods from a variety of disciplines in its approach to problem solving; therefore, students may enter the program from a wide array of academic backgrounds, including but not limited to natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, public health, and art. Each graduate of the MSP will therefore leave with credentials and career opportunities that are unique to him or her, though all will graduate with proficiency in conflict transformation, complex systems’ assessment, and project planning.

“The MSP program [enables] us to work peacefully within complex systems on every scale—within our natural world, within our society, and within ourselves.”
– MSP 2016 graduate

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  • MSP students (Jen Shellman and Cait Haberman) and Nursing Assistant Dean for Practice and Partnerships, Bev Zabler, at the annual NNCC conference in Philadelphia, 2015