This specialization recruits development practitioners who are committed to building peace in their communities through the strengthening of the social fabric. The learning model is structured around students’ communities, allowing you to immediately implement what you learn while completing your graduate study.

This specialization may be the right one for you if you:

  • Are passionate about growing sustainable, inclusive peace at all levels of society
  • Have interest in a positivist approach to the field of peacebuilding; this specialization emphasizes “supporting the good guys” rather than the usual approach of simply “going after the bad guys”
  • Want to become a more effective community leader

This specialization of the Master’s program focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary for leading community-based change. You’ll learn to apply principles of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, leadership, negotiation and dialogue in work, family, and community roles. Along the way, you’ll find your own approach to leadership transformed as you become a more effective communicator and evidence-based practitioner!

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

  • Negotiation and dialogue
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Nonprofit management
  • Conflict transformation
  • Strategies of leadership
  • Social science research
  • Use of diverse technology platforms
  • Starting and leading non-profit organizations
  • Facilitating community-based peace initiatives
  • Leading Corporate Social Responsibility programs
  • Influencing government policy
  • 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 are encouraged to apply in their own contexts.
  • PSK 608 – Lifelong Development Education
    In this course, you’ll focus on how Learning Communities build and test models of collaborative education that contextualize development insights through a global federation of our other students. You can deploy this contextualized linguistic and development education either formally or non-formally.
  • PSK 610 – Bridging & Negotiating Differences
    This course situates social enterprise in broader development literature, diverse theories of change, cross-cultural wonder, power differentials, and inter-disciplinary work. Students move back-and-forth between very different realities, beginning with rural and urban, and then rich and poor, so as to ask of their own context and work, “Whose reality counts?”
  • PSK 617 – Leading Enterprise, Education & Movements
    Gain an introduction to SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of the changes communities face in an age of globalization and climatic swings. How may engineers and entrepreneurs deploy ICT, water and sanitation, power and energy, health and nutrition, and transportation for the profit and learning of all? This course helps you to become one of them.


Typically, it takes 2 years to complete the degree program. However, in an effort to be as flexible as possible for the busy students we serve, you also have the option of enrolling in classes part-time and spacing your courses out over as much time as you need to achieve the right balance for your life.

You should be prepared to commit 10-15 hours per week to your coursework if enrolled full-time. This includes class (using our video-conferencing platform), online work, field research, and applied project-based assignments. If you choose to extend the program and enroll part-time, your weekly time commitment will be less.

You will receive a Master of Arts in Applied Community Change.

Yes, mainly, but this isn’t like other online learning opportunities. This blended learning model combines online content, face-to- face video conferencing, peer-to- peer collaboration, applied learning in community and places of work, field-based research, optional regional and global residential studies, and a lifelong network of development colleagues. The flexibility of this model allows you to remain in your community and maintain your life while gaining a formally recognized qualification. You need not relocate for this Master’s degree.

First and foremost, this degree will make you a more effective leader in your organization or community. The applied nature of the program will also enhance your career prospects. The issues and challenges you will learn to address throughout the course of your program are relevant to many organizations/businesses. Future Generations alumni have gone on to serve in business enterprises, government, community development, conservation planning, faith-based initiatives, health, peacebuilding, relief work, social work, and teaching and research.

Cost is determined by credit hour $660/credit hour. There are no hidden fees. One term can cost $5,490. But if you qualify for a scholarship, this can substantially lower the cost. To find your cost, you need to contact the university: To be connected to someone who can help, registrar@future.edu

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Spring 2019 Scheduling
Spring February 4- June 7, 2019
Fall August 19- December 20, 2019
Spring February 3- June 5, 2020
Fall August 17-December 18, 2020
Completed Applications Due January 4, 2019
*New applicants, please inquire about Spring Semester 2019 enrollment.
Class of 2021 Academic Calendar
Fall August 19- December 20, 2019
Spring February 3- June 5, 2020
Fall August 17- December 18, 2020
Spring February 1- June 4, 2021
Completed Applications Due July 1, 2019

Click here to start your learning experience with Future Generations University!  You’ll be asked for transcripts from your Bachelor’s degree, a recommendation letter from a colleague or supervisor, and a Statement of Purpose (how you intend to use your degree for the betterment of your community and yourself).

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