The Kroc Institute, a leading center for interdisciplinary peace research and teaching, offers six doctoral degrees. Students choose one of these distinct, yet related, programs.
The program is designed to empower students to become outstanding scholars and teachers who will make important contributions to a growing body of peacebuilding knowledge and practice that will, in the long run, alleviate violence and human suffering. Apply to the Ph.D. Program »
The doctoral program:
Doctoral students are prepared for a wide range of scholarly, teaching, and professional positions, including interdisciplinary academic positions; positions in which employers seek expertise in the peace and conflict subfields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology; and scholar-practitioner positions in intergovernmental, governmental, or nongovernmental organizations.
The Kroc Institute welcomes applications from students of high academic ability who seek a doctoral degree in anthropology and peace studies, historyand peace studies, political science and peace studies, psychology and peace studies, sociology and peace studies, or theology and peace studies.
We seek highly qualified men and women from all regions of the world and from diverse religious and secular traditions.
Each of the six partner departments (anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, theology) has specific requirements for earning a dual Ph.D., while the requirements in peace studies are similar for all doctoral students. Doctoral students typically:
Foundational peace studies courses for the Ph.D. include:
Sample electives include (subject to change)
For information on departmental offerings, see the websites for the departments of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology.
All Ph.D. students and Kroc faculty members attend this monthly seminar, during which a visiting scholar, faculty member or graduate student presents and receives feedback on research in progress. Ph.D. students often serve as formal discussants and are active participants in these multidisciplinary conversations.
Recent PRES seminar topics include:
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Only one application is required to be admitted to one of the 6 joint Ph.D. programs in peace studies. However, you MAY apply simultaneously for admission to one of the peace studies Ph.D. programs and to a separate doctoral program of one of the six departments (anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology). If you choose to do this, you must submit TWO complete applications — one for each program. In this case, all application materials must be submitted separately with each application; documents cannot be shared. You must submit transcripts, GRE scores, recommenders, curriculum vitae, new statement of intent and writing sample for each Ph.D. application you submit.
The University offers three types of financial support to graduate students: tuition scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships.