Master of Arts in International Peacebuilding

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From exploring restorative peace after collective trauma to examining passages in religious texts that have led to current and historic incidences of violence, our Master of Arts in International Peacebuilding program deeply engages students in a skills-focused application of interfaith learning that changes behavior and drives lasting change. Scholarships may be granted to eligible MAP students to help cover the cost of tuition, housing, transportation, and provide a small living stipend.

You will graduate with the confidence to lead communities across the globe in peace and reconciliation initiatives through empathy, spirituality and trust grounded in core knowledge of interfaith conflicts and resolution gained from first-hand experience with case studies and role-play of real-world examples, as well as leadership and public speaking skills.

Program Structure

The Master of Arts in International Peacebuilding is a one-year, residential, 36-credit, master’s degree program where students develop interreligious literacy and acquire constructive conflict intervention skills through a combination of service-learning, traditional courses, experiential courses, and project-based learning. Students live in interfaith housing on campus.


Where Your Journey May Lead

MA in International Peacebuilding Career Paths

Lead a Non-Profit or NGO

Teach Theology

Lead a Faith Organization

Engage in Social Services

Work in International Affairs


Courses you make take

Here is a small sample of courses students in the program take. To view the entire course listing, use the link below.

The Value of Experience

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Projects and Action Plans

Our students complete their degree with a capstone project or personal action plan. Students who are returning to communities they know well can work on a project that arises from a need in that community. Students going into a new community will work on a personal action plan. They will map out their own theory of change as a peacebuilder, and plan how they will apply what they have learned at Hartford International to become an agent of change in their new community.


Our faculty bring years of academic and practical experience teaching and serving communities of different faiths through complex conflicts around the world. They are award-winning authors, scholars of religion, and passionate leaders in conflict transformation, with teaching and research experience that makes them experts in their fields. They have spoken about their research on international stages, emphasizing sociological contexts, religion and recovery from trauma in the modern world.

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Dr. Hossein Kamaly
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With a foundation in interreligious thought, dialogue and critical thinking, our alumni are set on a path to many fields such as social justice, education, international and domestic policy, human rights, community organization, social work, nonprofit leadership and psychology.

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The People Who Thrive Here

Peacebuilders have a thick skin, a tender heart and a spine like a steel cable; an emotional intelligence, humility and sensitivity to make sense of the ambiguous spaces between us; a collective approach to religious freedom and justice. Our MA in International Peacebuilding is built by faculty and designed for students who come here from all over the world with a calling to transform conflicts and bring peace to communities near and far.

Opportunities & Highlights

Admission Information

February 1, 2022 for international students
March 15, 2022 for candidates from the U.S.

Take the Next Step

Broaden your perspective. Deepen your ability to make a difference. Hartford International University programs prepare religious leaders and peacemakers who go beyond their own beliefs to embrace people of all faiths.

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