Program Director: Larry Dunn, Ph.D.
The master’s program in peacemaking and conflict studies has been designed for people who wish to become skilled and effective practitioners, educators and leaders in the constructive management and peaceful resolution of conflict. Program options are designed to meet the needs of those who wish to specialize in the field and those who want to become more skilled in dealing with conflict in the settings in which they live, work and move. Courses of study address the breadth of conflict and peace topics from the interpersonal to the international. The 40-unit academic program is closely linked to the practical, community-based activities of the university’s Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies (CPACS).
The program draws from current knowledge and wisdom of both past and present within the field. The approach is multidisciplinary, though rooted firmly in Christian values and thought that emphasize justice and right relationships as represented in the ancient and holistic ideal of shalom.
- One current reference form
- Interview with program director
- Letter of explanation for GPA below the minimum of 2.75
- Academic writing sample
Work or volunteer experience in an organization related to the proposed concentration in the program is highly recommended.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will be skilled and effective practitioners, educators and leaders in the constructive management and peaceful resolution of conflict.
- Students will have a working knowledge of historical and current practice, scholarship and wisdom in the field of peacemaking and conflict studies.
- Students will understand, discern and apply philosophical and faith-based values in the field of peacemaking and conflict studies.
Main Campus Fresno and one required course online
Program Length/Semester Starts
The program has rolling admission with students starting in spring or fall, though fall starts are recommended. Students move through the program at their own pace.