The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU is now accepting applications for fall 2012. “From local communities and churches to state and UN assignments, CJP graduates are forming an important network of alumni that are making a difference,” said Lynn Roth, director.

Unique, Practical Peacebuilding Program Accepting Applications

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, (MA ’07) calls Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) home.

Make it your home, too: Join us this fall and become a part a transformative, internationally-known graduate program in conflict transformation at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at EMU.

Our students have the opportunity to learn in an interdisciplinary, faith- and values-based program that offers courses in restorative justice, psychosocial trauma, organizational leadership, strategic peacebuilding and international and community development. Students will join a network of more than 400 alumni from 60 countries around the world.

“From local communities and churches to state and UN assignments, CJP graduates are forming an important network of alumni that are making a difference,” said Lynn Roth, director of CJP.

You are invited to join this diverse worldwide community of learners who are practicing conflict transformation on a daily basis.

Degrees and tracks

  • Master’s in conflict transformation: a 45-hour program with concentrations in restorative justice, psychosocial trauma, strategic peacebuilding, organizational leadership, and community and international development
  • Graduate certificates available in conflict transformation; nonprofit leadership and social entrepreneurship; and theology for peacebuilding
  • Low-residency options available through the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI), which offers short-term intensive courses each May and June.


Students are admitted on the basis of their practical experience as well as academic abilities. Preference is given to applicants who have at least two years’ experience in mediation, working with traumatized individuals or communities, restorative justice initiatives, community development, disaster relief or humanitarian assistance.

Applicants must submit official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a resume and an essay outlining what draws them to the program and how it fits into their long-term goals. Two references should come from writers who can attest to the applicant’s experience in or connection to the peacebuilding field.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis as long as space remains.

More information

For more information about the graduate program in conflict transformation, or to apply, contact Lora Steiner at 540-432-4689 or

For those wishing to visit campus, CJP will reimburse half a plane ticket, up to $200 for admitted students and $100 for prospective students.

Discussion on “Unique, Practical Peacebuilding Program Accepting Applications

  1. I was accepted into the program two years ago but have had circumstances that have prevented me from being a part. I would still like to be a part in the future. I hope it could be soon. I admire your work. Thank You.


  2. My CJP experience was one of the greatest. I am extremely proud to be a graduate of this unique program that is enabling me to touch the lives of so many people.

  3. Contrary to what the picture looks like, we DO TAKE MALE STUDENTS! That is a picture of Lynn Roth (our Executive Director) and the women who were involved in a consultation on women and peacebuilding during Summer Peacebuilding Institute in 2011.


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