Peace Engineering

Major: Peace Engineering
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 48.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
17-2081

About the Program

Peace Engineering will educate a new generation of professionals who are able to address challenges and implement solutions at the intersection of peacebuilding and engineering. The program is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Institute of Peace’s PeaceTech Lab and Drexel’s College of Engineering that aims to transform conflict management using education and research efforts that integrate innovative technologies, approaches, and policies with the studies and practices of peacebuilders.

Peace Engineering will cultivate a new skillset in students by combining disciplines of study from engineering, the social dimensions of conflict, and the applied sciences. Students will learn to conduct conflict analyses and to develop ethically and technically just solutions. These solutions will be based in the understanding that conflict, and the ability to resolve conflict non-violently, emerge from the dynamics and interactions of social, technical, and environmental systems. A one-year and a two-year M.S. are offered and combine online and classroom courses with experiential learning at partners such as the PeaceTech Lab, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Drexel’s Dornsife Center.

Peace Engineering will be educating students to serve in fields that are growing rapidly due to the confluence of the increased awareness of conflicts and its causes (e.g., climate change), the widespread availability of technology that connects communities and economies, and the strong desire in current generations to have a positive impact on humanity. Extraordinary opportunities exist for graduates to work in the multinational, government, and non-governmental organizations that have historically led peacebuilding, stabilization, relief, and development efforts. These include the UN, WHO, World Bank, the World Food Programme, FEMA, DOS, DOD, NGOs and a host of public services within any community. Perhaps more impressive are the opportunities that are being created by the birth of the Peace Tech Industry. Engineers with a deep understanding of conflict are well suited to organizations that range from contractors involved in stabilization and development efforts, to extraction and consumer product companies working in conflict prone communities, to social entrepreneurs and their venture philanthropists developing technologies that do good.

Degree Requirements

Core Peacebuilding Requirements12.0
Peace Engineering Seminar - Fall
Peace Engineering Seminar - Winter
Peace Engineering Seminar - Spring
Introduction to Peacebuilding for Engineers
Conflict Management for Engineers
Peacebuilding Skills
Core Engineering Requirements9.0
Systems Engineering for Peacebuilding
Risk Assessment
Introduction to Project Management
Research Methods9.0
Research Methods
Data-based Engineering Modeling
Community-Based Design
Experiential Learning6.0
Peace Engineering Experiential Learning
Social Dimensions of Conflict Electives *6.0
Technical Focus Sequences **6.0
Total Credits48.0
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Social Dimensions of Conflict Electives

Students must complete a minimum of six credits, at the graduate level, from the following approved courses.

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Technical Focus Sequences

Students must complete one sequence of at least 2 courses (6 credits) from the following approved sequences.

Sample Plan of Study

One Year M.S.

Term 1Credits
PENG 501Peace Engineering Seminar - Fall1.0
EGMT 545Introduction to Peacebuilding for Engineers3.0
SYSE 540Systems Engineering for Peacebuilding3.0
ENVE 750Data-based Engineering Modeling3.0
Social Dimensions of Conflict Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
PENG 502Peace Engineering Seminar - Winter1.0
EGMT 550Conflict Management for Engineers3.0
ENVE 727Risk Assessment3.0
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
Social Dimensions of Conflict Elective3.0
Technical Focus Course 1*3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
PENG 503Peace Engineering Seminar - Spring1.0
PENG 560Peacebuilding Skills3.0
CAEE 501Community-Based Design3.0
Technical Focus Course 2*3.0
Planning for Experiential Learning
 
 Term Credits10.0
Term 4
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
PENG 600Peace Engineering Experiential Learning6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 48.0

Two Year M.S.

Term 1Credits
PENG 501Peace Engineering Seminar - Fall1.0
EGMT 545Introduction to Peacebuilding for Engineers3.0
SYSE 540Systems Engineering for Peacebuilding3.0
ENVE 750Data-based Engineering Modeling3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 2
PENG 502Peace Engineering Seminar - Winter1.0
EGMT 550Conflict Management for Engineers3.0
ENVE 727Risk Assessment3.0
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 3
PENG 503Peace Engineering Seminar - Spring1.0
PENG 560Peacebuilding Skills3.0
CAEE 501Community-Based Design3.0
Planning for Experiential Learning
 
 Term Credits7.0
Term 4
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
PENG 600Peace Engineering Experiential Learning6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
Social Dimensions of Conflict Elective3.0
Technical Focus Course 1*3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
Social Dimensions of Conflict Elective3.0
Technical Focus Course 2*3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 48.0
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Technical Focus Courses must both be part of the same sequence, while Social Dimensions of Conflict Electives can be any two of the courses listed in the Program Requirements.

Peace Engineering Faculty

James Tangorra, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Associate Professor. Analysis of human and (other) animal physiological systems; head-neck dynamics and control; balance, vision, and the vestibular system; animal swimming and flight; robotics; system identification; bio-inspired design.
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