The Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding prepares its students for careers engaging in today’s complex global problems. The curriculum incorporates a holistic approach that integrates diverse academic fields and professional sectors. The MSP requires 44 credits, ideally completed full-time over the course of two years. The core coursework centers on: 

  • Community resilience 
  • Systems thinking 
  • Conflict transformation 

Courses are a blend of theory and practice. Throughout the program, students will have many opportunities to work directly with community organizations through class projects and summer fieldwork. 

(9 credits)
(12 credits)
(3 credits)
The Politics and Policy of Sustainability Complex Human-Environmental Interactions Fieldwork 1
Preparing for Sustainable Peacebuilding and Social Change Applied Peacebuilding Practice
Transdisciplinary Research Methods & Information LiteracyInnovation, Evaluation, and Adaptive Management
Fundamentals of Project Management
Fall 2
(9 credits)
Spring 2
(12 credits)
Summer 2
(3 credits)
Leadership and Program ManagementNegotiating and Group Problem SolvingFieldwork 2
Elective 1Elective 3**Capstone Paper & Presentation, Graduation**
Elective 2Elective 4


Students may take elective courses from any school or college on campus. Some students choose to go deep into one area (e.g. nonprofit management, health policy), while others seek to broaden their skills and knowledge by taking courses in several different areas. 

Fieldwork is the “heart” of the MSP. It is through fieldwork that students try out the methods and skills learned in class. Fieldwork also connects students directly to leaders in their fields of interest, allowing them to begin cultivating a professional network. Students partner with an organization of their choosing and collaboratively develop a fieldwork project. There is a large degree of flexibility regarding the geographic location, organization type, and topical focus of a student’s fieldwork. Students interested in going abroad may need to be fluent in the local language.