What is the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies?


The University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is a centre for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace.


Kroc institute faculty and fellows conduct interdisciplinary research on topics related to peace and justice. The Kroc Institute offers an undergraduate programme, a master’s in International Peace Studies, and a Ph.D programme. It was founded in 1986 through the donations of Joan B. Kroc, the widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. The institute was inspired by the vision of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh CSC, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame. The institute has contributed to international policy discussions about peace building practices, including the Colombian peace process.

University of Notre Dame

The Institute is part of the Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters, and is the oldest and largest college within the University of Notre Dame. It was founded in 1842 with the University itself.

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