Welcome to the School of Peace and Conflict Studies, where we are dedicated to developing in our students the knowledge and skills to bring about positive peaceful change. 

As a hub for academic excellence and research in the field of conflict resolution and peace studies, we invite you to explore our diverse programs and join us in shaping a better future.

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May 4th Legacy Scholarship applications being accepted through May 1

The School of Peace and Conflict Studies is accepting applications for May 4th Legacy Scholarships.   There are four scholarships available in the amount of $3,000 each.  These scholarships were established in memory of the students killed at Kent State on May 4th 1970: Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder.  The deadline for applications is May 1, 2024. 

May 4th Legacy Scholarships are available to undergraduate students majoring in a program of study in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies.  Students pursuing an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies are also eligible to apply.  (No more than two scholarships can be awarded to graduate students.)  Students beginning or continuing a relevant program of study in SPCS are eligible to apply.

 Information about May 4th legacy scholarships AND HOW TO APPLY


Statement on Israel/Palestine by the School of Peace and Conflict Studies We write as faculty and staff of an academic unit created over 50 years ago by Kent State University (KSU) with a mission to research, teach, and advocate for the principles of peaceful change, and whose original degree program began in 1973, the same year as the Yom Kippur War. This is a reminder that the recent violence in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank has its roots in a deeper history, and that the search for sustainable peace will not be achieved by further perpetuation of violence and militarism. ... Read more >>> 

What's New?

  • New! Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies

    New! Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies

    The School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University will be offering a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies starting in Fall 2023.

  • New! Environment, Peace and Justice Minor

    New! Environment, Peace and Justice Minor

    Beginning in Fall 2023, SPCS is offering a new interdisciplinary minor in Environment, Peace & Justice.

  • New! 3+3 Law School Program

    New! 3+3 Law School Program

    The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) major is now part of Kent State’s 3+3 Law School Program, which allows students to complete both their bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years. 

  • NEW! Office Renovation

    NEW! Office Renovation

    The SPCS office space in McGilvrey Hall is being remodeled and expanded during the Fall 2023 semester and is expected to be completed in early 2024.

Famous not only for the violent conflict of May 4th, Kent State is now also well-known for its academic study of peace, constructive conflict management, and the prevention of violence. 


  • SPCS offers a BA in Peace & Conflict Studies, as well as minors in Peace & Conflict Studies, and Environment, Peace & Justice.  Our popular Intro to Conflict Management course fulfills both Kent Core and diversity requirements, and teaches valuable skills for students in any major.

  • At the graduate level SPCS now offers a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies.  SPCS faculty also teach courses in the Conflict Analysis and Management concentration of the graduate program in Political Science.   Peace and Conflict Studies graduate-level courses are also included in the Leading Through Challenge Graduate Certificate program offered by the College of Business.

  • Our alumni are employed in a variety of fields which include mediation, human resources, law, social work and counseling, nonprofit management, social services, government, education and training, community organizing and activism, business, and finance.

  • The May 4th Legacy Scholarship Program  provides four scholarships to be given to students majoring in our Peace and Conflict Studies program, in honor of the four students killed on May 4, 1970. 


  • In July 2023, School of Peace and Conflict Studies faculty and students, as well as other members of the Kent State community and local educators, traveled to Kigali, Rwanda to participate in the “Peace Education in an Era of Crisis” conference.

Contact Us

Email: spcs@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3143
Fax: 330-672-0668

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