MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

SIT Graduate Institute

Program Description

MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

SIT Graduate Institute

MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

SIT’s Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation is designed to give students the analytical ability, theoretical knowledge, and practical skills necessary to work with groups of people in conflict. Student can choose to focus on conflict in relation to development, inter-group relations, youth programs, humanitarian aid, education, or human rights.

Students can expect to:

  • Study the theory and practice of peacebuilding and conflict transformation
  • Conduct in-depth, multi-angled analyses of conflict and explore potential solutions in diverse settings
  • Complete a practicum with an organization relevant to peacebuilding in either the US or abroad
  • Learn from faculty and alumni engaged in peacebuilding activities in critical conflict zones.

Students build core skills in the practice of:

  • Negotiation, facilitation, mediation, strategic nonviolence, social healing, and reconciliation
  • Program design, management, and evaluation
  • Training for capacity-building
  • Leading inter-communal dialogue
  • Cultivating positive and inclusive group relations through organizational change
  • Advocating for human rights and community organizing
The program takes both an interpersonal and systematic approach to the identity-based dynamics of conflict. Faculty and staff foster a learning environment and social space in which students can reflect on core values and aspirations for constructive social change.

The program prepares professionals to:

  • Design and lead conflict transformation programs
  • Develop peacebuilding and conflict sensitive interventions
  • Create and manage projects that address the causes and consequences of complex and multi-layered conflicts

Graduates are prepared for positions with NGOs, education institutions, the media, the private sector, the government, international organizations, and other professional venues.

SIT is a pioneer in the field of conflict transformation, which is an integral part of the institution’s broader academic focus on international peace studies and peacebuilding.

Degree Sequence

  • On-campus coursework (two terms)
  • Reflective Practice Phase, which comprises a field-based practicum (six months) with related academic work. The practicum can be completed abroad, in such sites as Rwanda and Nepal, or in the US
  • Capstone paper, presentation, and seminar in Vermont (one week)

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

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.

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process

SIT has a self-selective applications process. Prospective students typically discover through this process whether SIT is a good fit for them. Our admissions staff works one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, 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.

Financial Aid

SIT welcomes students from all economic backgrounds. Students commonly fund their SIT degree through a variety of sources, including federal and private loans, SIT grants and scholarships, scholarships from other sources, and personal and family funds.

We recommend that you begin the process of applying for financial aid as soon as possible, even before you are accepted for admission.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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1 - 2 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
USA Brattleboro, Vermont
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