CONTACT Master of Arts
in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Degree Components

The Master of Arts and CONTACT Joint Program combines the 14-credit Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation program with six months of on-campus coursework in Vermont, a professional practicum, and a capstone thesis paper and presentation, for a combined total of 40 credits (minimum).

Students choose between two SIT graduate degree programs: MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation and MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (self-designed option).

Coursework

All students in the MA and CONTACT Joint Program must complete the following courses:

  • Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (4 credits)
  • Practitioner Inquiry (3 credits)
  • Reflective Practice Phase and Capstone (12 credits)—Additional information about these degree components is provided below.

MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation.
Students pursuing the MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation must take an additional 4 credits choosing from a select list of course offerings:

  • Theory and Practice of Conflict Transformation (3 credits)
  • Conflict and Identity (3 credits)
  • Skills and Topics in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (1 credit)
  • Mediation (2 credits)
  • Initiatives in Peacebuilding (3 credits)
  • Post-War Development and Peacebuilding (3 credits)
  • Journeys of Forgiveness (1 credit)
  • Special Topics in Conflict Transformation (1–3 credits)

Students pursuing this degree may fulfill the remaining credit requirements by choosing from any of the elective options offered during the semester they are on campus.

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management.
Students pursuing an MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (the self-designed program) may select from any of the course options offered during the semester they are on campus.

Reflective Practice
Referred to as the Reflective Practice Phase, this portion of the program is a structured approach for students to apply coursework learning to a related professional activity. During this phase (minimum six months), students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills working in a professional context in the field on conflict transformation while remaining engaged with faculty and other students on the program. Students can complete the practicum in the US or abroad.

Capstone Paper and Seminar
Students demonstrate, assess, and synthesize their learning through preparation of a capstone project and participation in a one-week capstone seminar held multiple times each year on SIT’s campus in Vermont. Researching and writing the capstone paper takes students deeply into the experiential learning cycle, where they explore the meaning of the practicum experience, integrate theory and practice in written and oral presentations, and make a contribution to the field of conflict transformation.

All students on the program must fulfill a Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement (PDF) before they are eligible to graduate.

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