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

Introduction

At the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, we promote a multifaceted approach to peacebuilding and social justice, integrating theory and practice in the classroom as well as in communities worldwide. We research some of the toughest, most troubling phenomena of our times, producing rigorous and innovative work published in a wide variety of outlets. Students from all over the world are prepared by outstanding faculty and gain experience in the field through our Internship Program and the Kroc School institutes - the Institute for Peace and Justice, the Trans-Border Institute, and the Center for Peace and Commerce (the latter in partnership with the School of Business Administration).

The Kroc School is a resource for international peacebuilders and changemakers, students, faculty, community members and all who are dedicated to peace and justice. We invite you to explore our website, learn more about our master's program and the work of our institutes, sign up for our e-newsletters, or schedule a visit.

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MA in Social Innovation

Campus Full time August 2017 USA San Diego

Leading social change is hard work that requires innovative vision backed by entrepreneurial skills and a deep understanding of the problem at hand. Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI)look critically at the roots of social challenges and injustice, then seek to create real change through bold new responses to poverty, inequality, human rights abuses and humanitarian crises. [+]

Jumpstart Your Journey Of Changemaking Spotting the need for change isn't hard and it is possible to make a difference; all you need is a passion for social change and the skills necessary to put your ideas into action. Leading social change is hard work that requires innovative vision backed by entrepreneurial skills and a deep understanding of the problem at hand. Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI) look critically at the roots of social challenges and injustice, then seek to create real change through bold new responses to poverty, inequality, human rights abuses and humanitarian crises. No other master's degree brings together the unique skills and expertise gained at a peace school in collaboration with leadership, humanities, science and business. The MASI program provides a deep understanding of social challenges – obtained in classes like Social Entrepreneurship, Global Challenge and Development and Conflict - and then pairs that knowledge with critical thinking, inventiveness, leadership and sustainable business design, which come from classes offered in the Business and Leaderships Schools. Why Choose a Masters in Social Innovation from the Kroc School? Only MA in Social Innovation rooted at a Peace School Social Innovation Challenge provides up to $50,000 dollars in seed funding for students to make their capstone project a reality No GRE required 9-month program Only MA in Social Innovation offered in a Ashoka U Changemaker Campus - the leading designation for social innovation in higher education. Design, implement and manage innovations for social change. Whether working in existing organizations and programs or through new ventures: Develop new ways of thinking, learning and connecting for addressing social problems in ways that are effective and sustainable. Emerge ready to transform existing structures that are inefficient and perpetuate issues of poverty, conflict, and injustice. Participate in the Social Innovation Challenge Through the Social Innovation Challenge, university students from San Diego and Tijuana generate ideas for innovative ventures that respond to a social, economic, environmental or justice issue of their choice, and compete for over $50,000 in seed funding to launch or expand their ventures. The Outcome Social innovation is more than a trend. It is increasingly essential to employers across all sectors, including business, health and education. Our students learn how to combine leadership, peacebuilding and business skills into a holistic approach that works toward innovative solutions for good. You'll learn to contextualize social issues from a variety of perspectives including cultural, political and socio-economic variables, and to use the knowledge to formulate an action plan to meet emerging challenges such as refugee and migration flows, environmental degradation and humanitarian crises. With a MASI degree, you'll become proficient in sustainable business model design, leadership, communication, human-centered design and problem solving, increasing your potential to develop innovations that will help communities to address poverty and social injustices. Spotting need for change isn't hard. Perhaps the biggest challenge is narrowing down your area of focus. From microcredit to charter schools, hospices to fair trade, restorative justice to clean energy, the opportunities to apply your learning are endless. Requirements Transcript(s) Send official sealed transcripts documenting each course taken beyond the high school level (whether or not within a degree program) and all degrees awarded. Foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES). http://www.wes.org/ Submit to: Office of Graduate Admissions University of San Diego 5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492 E-mail: grads@sandiego.edu Additional Materials Please submit online: Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) Four Short Essays (250 words each) Two Letters of Recommendation (one from a professor or individual who can attest to your academic capabilities and one letter from a work supervisor or similar) Two Minute Video English Language Proficiency Requirements* *International applicants only The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory for all applicants educated outside the United States. The test can be waived if English is your primary language or you have obtained a bachelor's degree from the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia. Other exceptions can be made on a case by case basis. Minimum scores and official score reports: TOEFL: 83 IELTS: 7 Please visit Graduate Admissions for more information related to application requirements for international students. Supplemental Information Entrance Semester August Minimum Grade Point Average 3.00 (4.00 scale) in all undergraduate coursework Required Coursework None Required Required Experience None Required Standardized Admission Test None Required [-]

Master of Arts in Peace and Justice

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 5  August 2017 USA San Diego + 1 more

In 2016 we are offering a new 2-year Master of Arts in Peace and Justice (MAPJ; full-and part-time) for individuals who want to create change and solve today’s most troubling issues. Application deadline is January 15. [+]

In 2016 we are offering a new 2-year Master of Arts in Peace and Justice (MAPJ; full-and part-time) for individuals who want to create change and solve today’s most troubling issues. Application deadline is January 15. Our School is located in one of the most beautiful cities in the United States: San Diego, California, right at the Mexico-U.S border. The MAPJ offers a curriculum where students will gain: • Deep understanding of the global and local contexts in which violence, oppression and social injustice occur • Knowledge of theories and frameworks to explain complex situations • Capacity to design new approaches and solutions to peace and justice issues • Competence in implementing and assessing the impact of programs and initiatives A rich course portfolio includes human rights, conflict resolution, leadership and organizations, development, technology and social change, and social entrepreneurship to shape professionals equipped to work effectively for peace and justice across multiple organizational settings. The MAPJ is a one-of-a-kind learning program, where students can participate in projects through our award-winning institutes: theJoan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, the Trans-Border Institute, and the Center for Peace and Commerce. Student entrepreneurs can access seed funding to launch and test social ventures for peace through our Social Innovation Challenge, which has awarded $234,000 in cash to students since its inception in 2011. Students come from 30 countries to become peacebuilders and changemakers. Some organizations currently employing our graduate students are: British Embassy, World Bank, The Amani Institute, United Nations, Children’s Pesce Building Foundation, Universities around the world and more. [-]

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Welcome to the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Can Universities be Central to World Change? | Patricia Márquez, Dean of the Kroc School of Peace Studies | TEDxSanDiego

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