SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, VT | Washington, DC


Excellence in graduate-level peacebuilding programs.

SIT has a distinguished history of offering students from around the world exceptional peacebuilding education and training. Today, students can choose among multiple program options of different durations and formats, including online. A summary of each program is given below—visit each program’s individual web page for more information.

Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

This master’s program is designed to give students the analytical ability, theoretical knowledge, and practical skills necessary to work with groups of people in conflict. Student can focus on conflict in relation to development, inter-group relations, youth programs, humanitarian aid, education, or human rights. The program focuses on SIT’s strength in human relations, multicultural competence, and hands-on, pragmatic pedagogy.

  • Duration: 16–24 months
  • Format: On campus in Vermont plus practicum site (locations vary)
  • Field courses in the US and abroad (optional): Students can study abroad as part of their MA program through an intensive field course

Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation

This low-residency professional development program is for individuals who have completed SIT’s CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program. Students participate in online courses and meet in January in a post-conflict country. It is ideal for working professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in conflict transformation. The program offers 14–16 graduate credits.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Format: Online with residencies in Vermont and Rwanda, plus a field practicum

CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program

This programs offers graduate-level training and professional development in conflict transformation and offers three graduate credits. Participants take advantage of the exceptional opportunity the program provides to engage with peacebuilders from 30+ countries around the world.

  • Duration: 3 weeks in June
  • Format: On-campus in Vermont