Why Choose the Kroc School

Finding your fit.

Maybe it's the natural beauty of our location and our proximity to the border region, or our method of applying peace and justice learning beyond the classroom, or our esteemed faculty and visiting lecturers, or the diversity of our students — whatever your motivation, everyone connected to the Kroc School has a reason why it's special to them, why it "fits."

dalai lama

We are a global hub

The world convenes here. Expand your mind through the diverse viewpoints of classmates from communities that span the world. We provide opportunities to learn from leading peacebuilders and changemakers like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall.

Cindi in Nyanga

We are courageous doers

Here, you'll experience the collective power of dynamic faculty and peers who have the courage to face difficult and complex realities. Our faculty members write outstanding books and papers, and they do so immersed in the realities of communities experiencing violent conflict, injustice, poverty and inequality. You have access to learn from their deep knowledge gained from time on the ground, listening to the people and seeking out global perspectives.

Field Classes

We innovate to foster peace and justice

The world will not experience greater peace and justice by doing more of the same. That is why we teach to understand the fractures and tensions in our world from various points of view. We train to look through impossibilities with creative thinking that leads to more effective solutions. Building peace and justice requires imagination. It requires you to roll up your sleeves and take action. It involves sacrifice and hard work, but the outcome is worth the toil. We have taken bold action from the beginning, as the nation's first stand-alone school focused on peace and justice. We believe innovation in thinking and action is central to building a better world.

field classes

We pursue academic excellence with empathetic action

This is a community of life-long learners focused on world-changing research, immersive training and being on the forefront of our academic disciplines. Our action for change is rooted in profound attention to the context and lived experiences of those involved in a given situation. We strive to contribute through meaningful relationships and collaborations. That's why we’ve created our Institutes and Centers, to expand not only your mind but also your connection to humanity. When you want to cross the border to learn how people in Mexico are building peace amid drug cartel violence, there's the Trans-Border Institute. When you need insight and support for your big idea that seeks to improve health care or create employment to underserved communities here and abroad, there's the Center for Peace and Commerce. When you want to learn about what it means to make peace in a situation of violent conflict, there are the Women PeaceMakers from the Institute for Peace and Justice.

student sitting down

We create a distinct learning experience

On the USD campus, a diverse community of people together with a natural beauty that complements our Spanish Renaissance architecture offers an atmosphere that fuels the kind of innovative thinking and learning necessary to address humanities challenges. At the Kroc School, you'll experience our inspiring environment at every turn — whether you're going to class with the Pacific Ocean outside your window, eating lunch beside fountains on our plaza or spending a quiet moment on the back lawn amid our reflecting pool, sculptures and gardens overlooking the city of San Diego.