SIT Graduate Institute

The Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program brings together people from around the world in an intercultural setting to develop their skills in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Core coursework addresses foundational theory and practice of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and micro-skills such as mediation and negotiation. Core classes are supplemented with electives such as restorative justice, drama therapy, and activism for social change. Participants join an alumni network that includes over 1,000 peacebuilders from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The CONTACT program facilitates online sharing within and between cohorts so that professional development and networking among colleagues may continue after the program’s completion. CONTACT coursework may be applied to our M.A. in Peace and Justice Leadership.

The Masters of Arts in Peace and Justice Leadership trains leaders in peacebuilding and social justice efforts. You’ll study on a global campus and learn with experienced peacebuilding practitioners from around the world. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the causes and consequences of complex and multi-layered conflicts, and you’ll get hands-on experience during a semester-long practicum in the United States or at an established field site in a post-conflict zone abroad. This degree will prepare you to design and implement social change initiatives in government, nonprofit, or educational settings.


CONTACT Program Director:
Bruce W. Dayton, PhD

MA in PJL Degree Chair:
John Ungerleider, PhD