Leaders for Peace (Kathryn W. Davis Specialization)

This specialization in the Master of Arts degree prepares students to lead change toward a noteworthy end: grow peace by “supporting the good guys” rather than the usual peace approach of “going after the bad guys.”

This is a positivist degree—it gives skills to bring communities together to oppose destructive dynamics otherwise tearing them apart. Students will learn skills and gain knowledge to work from the inside-out to identify and grow seeds of peace. In growing these seeds, communities strengthen where social fabric was once tattering.

Students in this degree specialization are typically educators and leaders who want to grow just and whole community life. They seek to use social science research, apply methods of community engagement, and learn path-breaking modes of communication in order to promote peace and transform conflict.

This specialization builds off the legacy of Kathryn W. Davis, a longtime champion of peace and founder of the Davis Project for Peace.


Class of 2019 Academic Calendar

Term 1
Feb 26 - June 29, 2018
Term 2
Aug 20 - Dec 21, 2018
Term 3
Feb 4 - June 7, 2019
Term 4
Aug 19 - Dec. 20, 2019
Completed Application Due January 5, 2018

Class of 2020 Academic Calendar

Term 1
Aug 20 - Dec 21, 2018
Term 2
Feb 4 - June 7, 2019
Term 3
Aug 19 - Dec 20, 2019
Term 4
Feb 3 - June 5, 2020
Completed Applications Due July 1, 2018

Skills You Will Learn:

  • Identifying existing strengths in your community
  • Addressing conflicting social dynamics and finding commonality amid differences
  • Engaging strategies of negotiation, dialogue, and effective cross-cultural communication
  • Planning and leading forward momentum with concrete steps that build on community cohesion
  • Monitoring change and evaluating progress in measurable demonstrable indicators
  • Drawing in external partners to reinforce local progress

Davis Peace Project Winners- Learn more about Kathryn W Davis

Our Partners in Service:


ACC 601
Introduction to Applied Community Change
PRC 601
Graduate Study Foundations
PSK 606
Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 602
Health for All
PRC 602
Social Research Methods
PSK 608
Lifelong Development Education
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 603
Going to Scale
PRC 603
Monitoring & Evaluation
PSK 610
Bridging & Negotiating Differences
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 604
Sustainable Communities
PSK 617
Leading Enterprise,Education & Movements
PRC 604
Synthesis & Integration
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
Questions: please contact info@future.edu

Professional Skills and Knowledge Course Summaries

  • ​PSK 606 - PEACEBUILDING & CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION Because social change is both an outcome and a source of conflict, the study of peace and conflict is integral to understanding the process of social change. This course focuses on conflict within and between communities and how conflict can be transformed to achieve peaceful outcomes. Specific theories and strategies will be addressed which students will be encouraged to apply in their own context.
  • PSK 608 - LIFELONG DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION Learning Communities build and test models of collaborative education that contextualize life-useful development wisdom through a global federation of our students. This deployment of contextualized linguistic and development education may be formal or non-formal.
  • PSK 610 - BRIDGING & NEGOTIATING DIFFERENCES Students learn more deeply how key indicators and data systems are leveraged to provide actionable information and sustainable development, even while working with disparate data, systems, and infrastructure.
  • PSK 617 - LEADING ENTERPRISE, EDUCATION & MOVEMENTS Students investigate holistically the role of entrepreneurs with business sensibilities and societal empathy in the deployment of ICT, water and sanitation, power and energy, health and nutrition, and transportation. Nonprofit, for-profit, and public private partnerships are defined and analyzed.