SIT Graduate Institute

Program: Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Degree Certificate, Master's
Country United States
State Vermont
City Brattleboro
Website Click here to visit the website
Contact Name Bruce Dayton
Phone (802) 258-3313

SIT’s Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program gives students the analytical ability, theoretical knowledge, and practical skills to work with groups of people in conflict. Student focus on conflict in relation to development, inter-group relations, youth programs, humanitarian aid, education, or human rights. The program consists of 41 credits. It is possible to complete the degree in as little as 16 months, provided students work with their advisor to ensure they complete a summer practicum and capstone in December. To get the most out of the program, students typically choose to lengthen their practicum and complete the program in 20 to 24 months.

Students benefit from:

  • On-campus coursework. Study the theory and practice of peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
  • Experiential learning. Conduct in-depth, multi-angled analyses of conflict and explore potential solutions.
  • A real-world practicum. Complete a practicum with a peacebuilding organization in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Practitioner faculty. Learn from faculty and alumni engaged in peacebuilding activities in critical conflict zones.

The Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation is a one-year, low-residency professional development program offering 14–16 graduate credits. Through a combination of face-to-face and distance learning, participants develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to design and manage programs that transform conflict and promote reconciliation for individuals and communities torn by violent conflict. This model minimizes time away from jobs and families while maintaining an international learning community and the experiential learning pedagogy characteristic of SIT Graduate Institute.