Peace Engineering

Major: Peace Engineering
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 48.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

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 and serves the dual purpose of integrating engineering and technology into peacebuilding practice and infusing conflict-sensitivity into engineering design.

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 address its root causes, emerges from the dynamics and interactions of social, technical, and environmental systems. The program offers a combination of online and classroom courses, group seminars and experiential learning with partners such as the PeaceTech Lab, the U.S. Institute of Peace, community-based organizations, and government agencies.

Peace Engineering will be educating students to serve in fields that are growing rapidly due to the increased awareness of conflict 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.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Peace Engineering website or contact the program director:

Dr. Mira Olson

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

Social Dimensions of Conflict Electives

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


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.

First Year
EGMT 5453.0EGMT 5503.0CAEE 5013.0PENG 6006.0
ENVE 7503.0ENVE 7273.0PENG 5031.0PROJ 5013.0
PENG 5011.0PENG 5021.0PENG 5603.0 
SYSE 5403.0SCTS 5023.0Technical Focus Course 2*3.0 
Social Dimensions of Conflict Elective3.0Social Dimensions of Conflict Elective3.0Planning for Experiential Learning  
 Technical Focus Course 1*3.0  
 13 16 10 9
Total Credits 48

Two Year M.S.

First Year
EGMT 5453.0EGMT 5503.0CAEE 5013.0VACATION
ENVE 7503.0ENVE 7273.0PENG 5031.0 
PENG 5011.0PENG 5021.0PENG 5603.0 
SYSE 5403.0SCTS 5023.0
Planning for Experiential Learning
 10 10 7 0
Second Year
PENG 6006.0Social Dimensions of Conflict Elective3.0Social Dimensions of Conflict Elective3.0 
PROJ 5013.0Technical Focus Course 1*3.0Technical Focus Course 2*3.0 
 9 6 6 
Total Credits 48

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.

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