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Prospective Students

The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program trains doctoral students to examine the origins and nature of group conflict and violence through social psychological theory and research, and to use this knowledge as a foundation for reducing conflict and promoting positive group relations.

Toward that end, students enrolled in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program fulfill the requirements for a doctoral degree in Social Psychology. In addition, students take three specialized courses to understand conflict, violence, and peace-building at individual, intergroup, and international levels. In addition, each student completes an internship in a non-governmental or community-based organization and participates in monthly interdisciplinary seminars and a weekly research workshop.