Graduate Certificate in Applied Peace Building

The Certificate in Applied Peacebuilding provides students with a fundamental set of concepts, tools, and skills to prepare them for or advance their careers in conflict, peacebuilding, and international development fields. The courses focus on specific, marketable, practical skills that are in-demand for those seeking careers and career advancement in government, NGOs, and the military.

This on-line certificate brings together KSU's commitment to our conflict management programs and accessible global professional education. This is the only graduate certificate in peacebuilding within the University System of Georgia and the only online program in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development..

In addition, we are developing a partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Global Campus that may allow for our students to have access to their courses. Upon completing our certificate program, students obtain an academic credential and USIP’s internationally recognized professional development training.

Through their coursework, students will demonstrate their knowledge of core theories, concepts, and principles in conflict management, peacebuilding, and development. Develop and apply knowledge of at least 2 advanced content areas like non-violent resistance, transnational civil society, elections and electoral systems, mediation, and negotiation.

This program accepts applications for Summer semester ONLY.  The application deadlines :

  • Summer deadline - April 1st 

**Typically, only one Applied Peacebuilding Graduate Certificate course is offered each semester. Therefore, applicants can expect to complete this graduate certificate in three semesters. Course offerings are limited. Not all electives will be offered each year.

Admissions to the Applied Peacebuilding Graduate Certificate is offered each Summer semester so that successful applicants can begin taking coursework in the Summer semester each year beginning with the required MSCM 7100.

Admission Requirements:

Application Form and Fee: An online graduate application is available at  and should be filled out by the student. A non-refundable fee of $60 must be paid at time of application.

The following are the requirements to complete the application:

  1. Transcripts: Official transcript for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses must be submitted.
  2. Letter of Intent: An application letter that states the applicant's interest, goals, and potential use for the Certificate.
  3. Résumé: A current résumé or curriculum vitae is required.


Program Director: Dr. Joseph Bock
Program Office:  470-578-6299;
Program Website: