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Application Process for Master’s Degrees or Graduate Certificates

  • Complete the application and submit a resume or curriculum vitae. Both parts must be submitted for your application to be complete.
  • Pay the application fee of $50 (U.S.). Can be paid online through CASHNet (International payments can be made using Flywire.) Cash and check are also accepted.
  • Send official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Gather three references (including one academic and one professional). Only two letters required when applying for a graduate certificate. Send references to www.emu.edu/cjp/grad/reference-form to submit an online reference form. 

International Applicants

In addition to the above requirements, international students will need to complete the following: 

  • Submit a scanned copy of your passport ID page with your application.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS test. CJP requires a 79-80 on the internet-based TOEFL or its equivalent, and a 6.5-7.0 on the IELTS. (Institutional code: 5181)
  • A financial certificate demonstrating the student’s ability to pay is required after admission in order for the program to issue a student visa application (I-20 form).
  • After you are admitted and have your visa, fill out the International Student arrival form if you would like assistance with transportation to campus from the airport. This service is available only in August at the start of the program.

Because the program works with many international students, the admissions committee assesses applicants’ preparedness and fit with the program through transcripts, letters of recommendation and the essay. Submission of GRE scores is neither required nor recommended.

*An arts-based option is accepted in lieu of the essay. Contact ctprogram@emu.edu for more details.
*Reference forms must be submitted directly from the references and can be emailed to ctprogram@emu.edu or mailed to the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, 1200 Park Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, USA.

Guidelines and Requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree.* A social science background is preferred but not required. Preference is given to students who have two or three years of experience (paid or voluntary) in any type of work that involves making the world more just and less violent. This includes, but is not limited to, community development, social movement organizing, mediation, relief work, restorative justice, working with communities traumatized by injustice or violence, and advocacy. If you want the practical tools and knowledge to help create a more just and equitable world but have been working in an unrelated field, please contact the Admissions Director so we can have a conversation about how our programs might meet your goals. Email the Admissions Director at ctprogram@emu.edu

*In exceptional cases admission may be granted to applicants who meet qualifications for a rarely awarded non-Baccalaureate admission. This is typically done for older applicants who have extensive experience in the field and whose undergraduate studies were disrupted by violence.

Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (on a four-point scale). However, those who have a weaker academic background but extensive experience in the peacebuilding field are welcome to apply; if all other admissions requirements are met, the applicant may be conditionally admitted. If the student makes a 3.0 GPA in his or her first semester of studies, the student’s probation status is removed and he or she is considered fully admitted. 

Deadlines for admission: Those wishing to start the program in the fall semester, as well as those wishing to be considered for some financial assistance should apply no later than February 15. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as long as there is space in the program. Submissions will not be reviewed until the application is complete.

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