Carter School Experience

Our students come to the Carter School to learn from the leaders in peace and conflict resolution. We teach our students to identify the underlying causes of conflict and equip them with the cutting-edge theory and practical skills to put their knowledge into action, whether that be at the local, national, or global level. We also impart a thorough understanding of the values that underly these practices.  We understand that “how” is as important as “why.”

Our world-recognized faculty are committed to innovative teaching and cutting-edge research, moving the educational experience beyond the classroom. Small classes translate into dialogue-led discussions and personalized attention and our diverse concentrations allow you to tailor your education to match your personal and professional interests.

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Carter School students at the Carter School don’t only study. They do. You’ll also gain real-world skills and experience through meaningful internships and experiential learning opportunities both domestically and abroad that will prepare you for a fulfilling career. Our students have interned at USAID, Northern Virginia Mediation Services, and the World Food Program, managing court and community mediation programs, humanitarian assistance, and micro-finance projects in the developing world. 

More than half of our students choose to study abroad.  Taking advantage of faculty-led study abroad opportunities, our students travel the world, studying conflict resolution in Malta, Colombia, Eritrea, Hungary, Liberia, Jordan, Indonesia, London, and South Korea, and more.

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   The Carter School has been called “the school that cares,” and we embrace this ideal.  We want to see you succeed – both academically and professionally.  Students are encouraged to meet with advisors regularly for one-on-one academic and career mentoring.


In addition, to ease the transition to academic life, all incoming students– undergraduates, graduates, and Ph.D. – are connected to a current student.”  These volunteer mentors are encouraged to give back to the next generation of students by sharing experiences, resources, information, and advice.  It is our hope that these relationships will continue for the entirety of each student’s scholastic journey and far beyond graduation.  At the beginning of the academic year, each new student will be paired with a current student (senior buddy) who will be their guide throughout their first year (or semester, for graduate programs) in the Carter School.

We welcome you to join us as we continue to build on our strong tradition of excellence in education as the first and foremost academic institution in the field of peace and conflict studies.