West Coast Capital of Peace Education
The University of San Diego established the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (Kroc School) in 2007 as the first stand-alone school of its kind in the United States. The Kroc School grew out of the university’s pre-existing Master of Arts in Peace and Justice program and furthers its mission of preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.
The Kroc School is dedicated to creating and sustaining peaceful and just societies. To drive positive peace, we work across disciplines, such as political science, sociology, anthropology, business, law, and economics. We believe diverse knowledge and perspectives are essential to equip innovative changemakers and peacebuilders to solve humanity’s urgent challenges.
Innovative and Forward Thinking
We operate as an incubator of innovative ideas and research. Our faculty work at the forefront of pressing issues, from human trafficking to environmental conflict to economic inclusion. The Kroc School houses the Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ), focused on practice and co-creating knowledge with peacemakers from across the world.
The Kroc School’s proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border and deep relationships with cross-border communities provide our students and faculty with unique opportunities as we confront the refugee crisis, environmental challenges, and other transnational threats to peace. Beyond the classroom, we invite our students to learn through field-based courses, and the many events we hold with renowned changemakers.
Our students, faculty, staff, and peacebuilding partners are impacting the world today. Whether it is driving United Nations peace resolutions, publishing research that drives just policy, starting new social ventures, or mediating conflicts, our community thrives on creating positive change. Join us.