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Application Process for Master’s Degrees and Graduate Certificates

  • Complete the application and submit a resume or curriculum vitae. Both must be submitted for your application to be complete.
  • Pay the application fee of $50 (U.S.) which can be paid online through CASHNet (International payments can be made using Flywire.) Cash and check are also accepted.
  • Arrange for official transcripts from each college or university attended to be emailed directly to EMU.
  • Include three references in your admissions application: one academic, one professional, and one character. Only two letters are required when applying for a graduate certificate. The references should email their reference form directly to or mailed to the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, 1200 Park Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, USA.  Only reference forms received directly from the references will be accepted.

International Applicants

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


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.  (An arts-based option may be accepted in lieu of the essay. Contact for more details.)

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 email the admissions director at so we can have a conversation about how our programs might meet your goals.