EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding was among the earliest university graduate programs in conflict and peacebuilding field. Its graduates include 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee (far right).

Be a Skilled Worker for Peace and Justice, Supported by Proven Leaders in the Field

Join a network of 400 alumni working to reduce violence, promote justice, and bring positive changes to their settings by embarking on graduate studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University in the fall of 2013.

To start CJP’s two-year master’s degree program in August 2013, you need to apply for admission now. After you complete the program, you’ll join our graduates working in NGOs, local communities, churches and other religious groups, government, and with international organizations such as the United Nations and Catholic Relief Services.

CJP’s faculty members are practitioners as well as scholars. Faculty members and CJP staff work alongside our graduates and with other partners. We understand the problems of practice and we regularly upgrade and update our curriculum to include leading edge ideas and practices.

For 2013-14, our curriculum has been re-designed, newly centering around two team-taught core courses that weave together peacebuilding theory, conflict analysis and exploration of practices for working with conflict. Faculty and students will examine theories and case studies of change at the personal, organizational, community, and large-scale levels. This format is designed to foster the skills needed to bring about long-term, sustained change in organizations, communities and regions.

CJP students also take research and skills courses. They are able to concentrate their studies on strategic peacebuilding, restorative justice, psychosocial trauma, development and/or organizational leadership.

Mentored practice is a component of our re-designed curriculum. With faculty and staff support, CJP students work in the local community to develop their skills in concrete ways while addressing key justice issues in the Shenandoah Valley. This practice by students will prepare them for doing their practicums ­– typically, their final step before graduation – as well as for their careers after CJP.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2013; additional applications will be accepted as space permits. For further information or to apply, please go to emu.edu/cjp/grad/, or contact us at cjp@emu.edu.