Graduate Minor in Peace Studies

Interested in research and practice that addresses violence and alleviates human suffering? 

Enhance your scholarship and expand your professional options by adding a Graduate Minor in Peace Studies. 

The graduate minor is open to any University of Notre Dame student pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree. 

Students who pursue the graduate minor will gain access to classes and the dynamic learning community at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for building sustainable peace.

Program Overview

Master's Students Doctoral Students

Build skills to enhance your career. Peace studies students are equipped for work in a wide variety of fields including policymaking, business, legal, nonprofit, psychology, medical, international development, and more. 

Allows doctoral students to enhance their research with deep dives into peace studies theory and literature, a cutting-edge and rapidly developing field. Students can bring disciplinary research into conversation with interdisciplinary faculty and topics across the Kroc Institute and Keough School of Global Affairs. 

Students enrolled in the Master’s graduate minor must complete: 

  • One core course: “Foundations of Peace Studies”
  • Two peace studies electives of their choice

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. graduate minor must: 

  • Take one core course: “Organizing the Field”
  • Complete two peace studies electives of their choice
  • Attend two semesters of the Kroc Institute’s Peace Research Education Seminar (PRES), a monthly workshop bringing together peace studies faculty, fellows, and doctoral students

Join the Graduate Minor

For more information, or to add the graduate minor, please contact Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine, Assistant Director for Doctoral Studies, at

N.B. - Students from professional schools at Notre Dame, including the Mendoza College of Business, School of Architecture, and The Law School, should consult their programs before enrolling in the graduate minor to determine if they are responsible for paying tuition for course credits in peace studies.

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