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SIT’s Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation 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 choose to focus on conflict in relation to development, inter-group relations, youth programs, humanitarian aid, education, or human rights.
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.
Students benefit from:
Students build core skills in the practice of:
Beginning in fall 2014, students in the program will also be able to acquire a specialization in one of the following professional areas:
Two Terms (9 months)
Two–Three Terms (6–12 months)
|Capstone Paper and Presentation|
|Fall Term I & II: September–December
Field Courses (optional): January
Language Intensives (optional): January
Spring Term 1 & II: January–May
|Two or three terms working with an organization||Final paper and presentation on campus|
It is possible to complete this 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 have five years from the time they enter the program to complete all degree requirements. (For any student who, because of special circumstances, studies part-time during two consecutive on-campus academic years, the program entry date is calculated from the beginning of their second on-campus year.) A student who does not complete all degree requirements (including the language and culture proficiency requirement) within five years of the entry date will be withdrawn from the program. A student with extenuating circumstances must apply to the dean of the program for an extension.
All students must fulfill a Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement before they are eligible to graduate.
International and US-Based Intensive Courses
Students have the option of completing a short-term intensive course at sites in the US or abroad. Typically ranging in duration from one to four weeks, recent intensives have been offered in Washington, DC; Bangladesh; Mexico; and Turkey.
Intensive field courses offer students pursuing an MA in peacebuilding and conflict transformation the chance to interact with practitioners in the field, learn on-site, and expand professional networking. Short-term intensives are typically offered in January. Learn more about the intensive field courses.
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Following the on-campus coursework phase, each student completes a professional practicum with an organization of his/her choosing.* The practicum must be related to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.
During this period — referred to as Reflective Practice — students remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills while working in a professional context.
Practicum placements provide in-depth, hands-on learning; enhance résumés; and expand professional contacts.
Recent practicum placements held by students in the peacebuilding and conflict transformation program include:
* Students find positions on their own with support from SIT's Career and Practicum Services Center.
The program prepares professionals to:
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. Through SIT’s MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program, students build awareness of their own attitudes and behaviors, the impact these attitudes have on others, and their own role in society. Students learn to see themselves as members of particular groups and the consequences such group memberships have relative to others in conflict.
Students also gain awareness of both their power and their limitations in transforming or mitigating conflict at home and abroad, whether as a third party in internal and external conflicts or as an intermediary, intervener, program consultant, or self-reflective advocate. Students develop the ability to introduce and advocate for conflict consciousness and sensitivity within organizations and communities.
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
PhD, George Mason University
MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies
BA, Waseda University, Japan
Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, multi-track diplomacy, sustainable development, and cross-cultural communication with 20 years of diverse international experience. He is associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Vermont, fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Virginia, and research associate of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in Hawaii.
PhD, Maxwell School of Syracuse University
MA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
BA, Ithaca College
Bruce W. Dayton (PhD, Syracuse University, 1999) has been active in peacebuilding and conflict transformation work for over twenty years as a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. His work focuses on the intersection of social identity and intractable conflicts and the role that intermediaries can play in transforming them.
Professor and Chair
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
EdD, University of Massachusetts
MA, Antioch University
BA, University of California, Berkeley
John Ungerleider has been teaching about conflict transformation at SIT for 25 years — a timespan he finds hard to grasp. John started the Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs at SIT, which over the years have brought together future leaders from communities — in locations such as Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Iraq, Rwanda, Pakistan, India, Liberia, and Burma — facing conflict to dialogue about issues and conflicts they have inherited.
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
PhD Candidate, Jinan University, China
MA, Jinan University, China
BA, China Foreign Affairs University
Mr. Chen Jianrong is a scholar of international relations, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation. Currently, he is lecturer in the School of International Studies, deputy director of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, and director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China. Previously, he was visiting scholar at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Rotary International Peace Fellow; and the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Fellow.
To be considered for admission to the MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
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.)
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
Our admissions staff work 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.
Year 1 Tuition: $31,260
Year 1 Fees: $1,800
Year 2 Tuition: $6,150
MA degree total tuition and fees (all terms combined): $39,210
Year 1 On-Campus Room and Board: $9,120 (Estimated off campus housing is $11,250)
SIT estimates the costs to students for books, personal expenses, transportation, and off-campus housing/food. Individual expenses may vary. Off-campus living expenses and transportation costs are based on student survey data; individual costs vary depending on a variety of factors such as the type of housing and location of practicum.
Year 1 Books: $800
Year 1 Personal Expenses: $2,700
Year 1 Transportation Costs: $1,200-$2,250
Year 2 Books: $1,200
Year 2 Personal Expenses: $3,600
Year 2: Travel, housing, and other costs associated with the reflective practice phase vary depending on location and duration of position.
Costs range from $2,200 to $5,450. See details on the locations, schedule, and costs of individual field courses.
$3,000 (per year)
Health insurance is required for all students, and may be waived if a student can document health insurance coverage.
Year 1: $800
Year 2: $300
Estimated fees are based on the average amount borrowed by SIT Graduate Institute students. See details on student loan options.
Direct costs and on-campus room and board are billed by SIT Graduate Institute. Indirect, off-campus housing costs, transportation expenses, and additional costs are not billed by SIT, but represent educational expenses associated with being an enrolled student.