Learn to design and lead interventions to transform conflict and build more just systems.
Learn from a leader and innovator in the field, training conflict managers and peacebuilders for more than 25 years.
Stay in your job while earning your degree.
Get on-the-ground training in post-conflict transition during two weeks across different locations in South Africa.
Interact with peacebuilding specialists from around the world at the CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Programme
Expand your professional network with peacebuilding experts outside of SIT through an innovative partnership with two leading peace and justice organizations in the US
The world needs peace and justice advocates more than ever. Get the skills you need to design and lead interventions that address the causes and consequences of complex and multi-layered conflicts and that can help build sustained peace.
You’ll learn from peacebuilding experts in government, nongovernmental, and international organizations both in the United States and abroad. You’ll examine and practice strategies for conflict transformation at interpersonal, intercommunal, national, and international levels.
With the training you’ll receive through this program, you’ll be prepared to introduce interventions that address the root causes of conflict, such as poverty, chronic inter-communal violence, non-representative political systems, gender inequality, and cultures of intolerance. You’ll be ready to work in NGOs, development initiatives, humanitarian aid, educational settings, youth programs, inter-group relations efforts, human rights organizations, and elsewhere.
On-the-Ground Training in South Africa
Spend two weeks witnessing post-conflict transition in action in three South African cities: Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.
Excursion highlights include:
The Apartheid Museum
The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Desmond Tutu’s and Nelson Mandela’s houses on Soweto’s Vilakazi Street
Gandhi’s house to learn about his philosophy of nonviolence — visit will include a conversation with his granddaughter
ACCORD, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes
Research institutes examining issues of peace and justice in post-apartheid South Africa
The Luthuli Museum to learn about Inkosi Albert John Luthuli, a South African teacher, activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and former president of the ANC
Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where Nelson Mandela and other African National Congress (ANC) leaders were imprisoned
Weekend excursion into the bush
With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you’ll learn how to put theory into practice. In addition to core courses, a broad range of elective choices let you focus on courses that will help you meet your career goals.
Year One: First Term, Two-Week Residency Vermont; Washington, DC (optional); and Online
CONTACT Summer Programme (Peacebuilding 1 & 2) – 2–3 credits (One credit takes place in DC and is optional.)
Practitioner Inquiry – 3 credits
Year One: Second Term, Online
Theory and Practice of Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, and Justice Promotion – 3 credits
Negotiation, Mediation, and Dialogue – 3 credits
Year One: Third Term, Online
Policy Advocacy Concepts – 1 credit
Civil Resistance – 2 credits
Leadership and Change – 3 credits
Year Two: Fourth Term, Two-Week Residency in South Africa and Online
CONTACT Mid-Year Field Seminar – 2 credits
Programme Monitoring and Evaluation: Concepts – 1 credits
Design Monitoring and Evaluation in Fragile Environments – 1 credit
Year Two: Fifth Term, Online
Strategic Peacebuilding – 3 credits
Special Topics in Conflict Transformation, Peacebuilding, and Justice Promotion – 2 credits
From Grant Writing to Policy Briefs: Essential Skills in Peace and Justice Promotion – 1 credits
Year Two: Sixth Term, Online
Reflective Practice – 3 credits
Capstone Project – 3 credits
We strive to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.
To be considered for admission to the MA in Peace and Justice Leadership program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
US bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
Intercultural and professional experience
Experience and familiarity with instructional technology, distance learning, and/or independent learning
Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning
SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process
Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to talk with SIT faculty and staff and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.
English Language Ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.)
Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of
600 on the paper-based test (PBT)
250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or
100 on the internet-based iBT.
Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.
These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.