Some individual courses are available online, but the entire degree cannot be completed
online. If interested in registering for an individual online course (current course offerings) but not pursuing a graduate degree, contact Janelle Myers-Benner firstname.lastname@example.org registration information. If interested in pursuing a graduate degree through
the low-residency option, check outadmission information.
Is it possible to complete the degree through a low-residency format?
The Masters degrees are possible to pursue through a low-residency format, which requires
several summers attending the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) and one required spring semester on campus from January – April. Depending on the
number of courses a student takes each summer and how many summers attended, this
can be completed in as few as 3 years (and students may take up to as many as 6 years,
but no more). Both Graduate Certificates can be completed solely during the summers
inSPI, or during the academic year, or a combination of both.
To satisfy the core Foundations I required course offered during the fall semester,
people who do the low-residency option must take Analysis and Formation for Peacebuilding
Practice (Sessions I and II, respectively) duringSPIin the same summer and as early in the program as possible, and then take a comprehensive
final to “test out” of the fall semester requirement before coming for their spring
semester on campus.
What is considered part-time and full-time?
Part-time: 1-8 credit hours (minimum of 5 credit hours is needed to be eligible for
federal loans and financial aid). Full-time: 9 credits hours or more (12 credit hours
maximum allowed in fall and spring semesters)
When is the application deadline?
February 15th is the deadline for priority admission, though applications are reviewed
on a rolling basis after that date as long as there is the room in the program. If
an applicant would like to be considered for aCJP scholarship, however, the admissions file and allCJPscholarship applications must be submitted by February 15th.
When will I know if I’m admitted?
Those who applied by the February 15th deadline will receive admissions decisions
approximately one month later by email. Those who apply on a rolling basis will get
a response within 3 weeks after completing the application file.
Are scholarships available?
CJPhas several partial scholarships. Applicants may apply for as many scholarships as are relevant to them. Please note
that scholarship applications are due by February 15th and must be accompanied by
a completed file for admission. Students who successfully enroll typically have a
combination of personal/family funding, aCJPscholarship and/or outside organizational funding.
Is graduate student housing and transportation available for international students?
Graduate student housing is not available on campus or provided byCJP. However, some apartments on or close to campus are managed byEMUand available to graduate students. Several apartments are also available in the neighborhoods
surrounding campus as stand-alone apartments or in homes. Refer toEMU e-classifiedsfor up-to-date listings.
CJPprovides a free transportation for international students for their first trip to
campus at the start of year one. Complete theInternational Student Arrival formif interested in this service.
What is the student visa process like for international students?
The Admissions Director oversees this process and works closely with admitted students
in need of a visa. In sum, international students will need an F1 student visa in
order to study. After being admitted, the student must show full proof of funding
and provide biographic information to theCJPAdmissions staff, who use that information to issue a form I-20.CJPwill mail the I-20 to the student, along with supporting documents, which the student
will then need to take to their local U.S. embassy for their visa interview. Family
members may also apply for a dependent visa called an F2. This requires proof of funding
for all family members for at least one year.
What do your students do after they graduate?
Most of our graduates are mid-career or early career professionals in allied fields
such as education, development, non-profit work, community organizing or religious
leadership, etc. Those graduates usually return to their former professions and find
that they can do their work more effectively and/or they are now eligible for new
professional opportunities. Graduates who are earlier in their career development
focus on preparing for employment in various aspects of the peacebuilding field in
domestic work in criminal/restorative justice, community mediation centers, educational
leadership, or international organizations such as the UN, Search for Common Ground,
etc. Faculty members and our Peacebuilding Practice Director mentor students to help
them design a learning agenda that meets their professional development goals. Our
curriculum also has a strongpractice focus(including apracticum requirementfor the MA degrees) which gives students a head start on networking in the field and