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George Mason University

Master of Arts in Peacebuilding

Graduates of this 30-credit master’s program will have the skills and knowledge to plan and implement domestic and international peacebuilding projects.

Speaker at podium at George Mason University

Mrs. Tawakkol Karaman, winner of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize speaking about the "Arab Spring: Yemeni focus and the role of Women leadership" on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. October 27, 2011

The Master of Arts in Peacebuilding program supports students interested in developing career relevant skills for work on peacebuilding projects domestically and internationally in three ways. First, with scaffolded practical skills-oriented courses and an extensive internship opportunities, the program prepares graduates for reflective practice in planning and implementing peacebuilding initiatives and projects. Second, consultations with practitioners and organizations in the field provided input to design a program that builds the practical and professional skill sets required in contemporary peacebuilding contexts both locally and internationally. Finally, the program pays particular attention to the ethics, inclusivity and social justice aspects of being a peacebuilder throughout its content development and delivery. 

This 30-credit program is designed to be completed over three semesters. The program, in addition to providing theoretical knowledge of peacebuilding to students, will therefore provide students with ample opportunities to develop and hone those practical and professional skills.  During the first two terms, spring and summer, students will be in residence in Arlington devoting their time to course work. The last term, fall, students will be placed in internships and will enroll in a practicum capstone course to build practical and professional skills.

Anticipated Application Deadlines

Spring 2021

Priority: November 15, 2020
Standard: December 15, 2020

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described above has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

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