The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is one of the world's leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace. Kroc Institute faculty and fellows conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and justice.

The Kroc Institute also offers degrees at every level:

  • The Ph.D. Program in peace studies shapes the field by producing scholars and educators trained in peace research and in the fields of history, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology.
  • The Master's in International Peace Studies program attracts students from around the world who are committed to lifelong careers in public policy, political change, management of organizations in peace and justice, and conflict transformation.
  • The Undergraduate Program in peace studies allows students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College to enrich their educations with a supplementary (second) major or minor in peace studies.

A global network of 1,200 Kroc alumni works at all levels of society to build a more just and peaceful world.

The Kroc Institute’s mission is integral to Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university. The Church has a rich tradition of teaching on war, peace, justice, and human rights. The Kroc Institute fosters collaboration among religious and secular traditions, strengthening the capacity of all for building peace.

Informed by the University's "Spirit of Inclusion," the Kroc Institute welcomes all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, or nationality, and works to sustain an inclusive environment.