44 credits are required for the MSP degree, distributed as follows:

Core courses (12 credits—3 credits each)

MSP 760 - Evidence-Based Approaches to Sustainability (Politics/Policy of Sustainability), syllabus
MSP 761 - Complex Human-Environmental Interactions, syllabus
MSP 770 - Preparing for Sustainable Peacebuilding and Social Change, syllabus
MSP 771 - Holistic Peacebuilding Practice, syllabus

Core seminars and workshops (8 credits—2 credits each)

MSP 780 - Transdisciplinary Research Methods and Information Literacy, syllabus
MSP 781 - Innovation, Evaluation, and Adaptive Management
MSP 790 - Workshop on Negotiation and Group Problem Solving Skills, syllabus
MSP 791 - Workshop on Project Management and Implementation

Elective Courses (12 credits)

To be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor(s). Preferred topic areas include:

  • Public and Environmental Health
  • Ecosystem Services and Resource Stewardship
  • Political Economy
  • Human Security and Development
  • Language and Culture
  • Religion and Belief Systems
  • Governance and Policy

In addition, students may register for MSP 799: Independent Study, with approval from MSP faculty.

Field Work (12 credits)

Students will complete two (6-8 week) sessions of field work. The program is designed so that students will complete field work during the summer semester between Year 1 and Year 2, and again after Year 2. During field work, students will engage in work that focuses on a pertinent issue in the broader context of peacebuilding – e.g. food security, water conflict, public health, etc. Students will select sites from pre-established MSP program sites — for example, in Latin America, West Africa, the Balkans, or Milwaukee — or another approved site of the student’s choosing.

MSP 797 - Study/Internship Abroad
MSP 798 - Domestic Internship/Field Work