The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

Harrisonburg, VA


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Private
  • Acceptance Rate

    rate 90%
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $50
  • Financial Aid Available

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Degrees Offered

MA in Conflict Transformation
MA in Restorative Justice
MA in Transformational Leadership (Available to be completed entirely online)
Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation
Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice

Our Program

Educating a global community of change leaders through the integration of practice, theory, and research.

The Mission, Vision, and Values of CJP

Mission Statement:

CJP educates a global community of peacebuilders through the integration of practice, theory, and research.

Vision Statement:

Preparing, transforming, and sustaining leaders to create a just and peaceful world.


The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding is a program of EMU, an institution grounded in Anabaptist theology, life, and values.

CJP strives to practice and model holistic and values-based peacebuilding. Our values are visible in our processes and actions as we:

  • embrace nonviolence, right relationships, and just community in our lives and practice
  • honor human dignity, diversity, interdependence, and equality
  • foster respect, trust, and collaboration across faith traditions, cultures, and worldviews
  • ensure accountability, participation, and transparency
  • challenge ourselves and others to continual learning and growth
  • support the resilience and the sustainability of CJP/EMU and partner organizations by emphasizing personal, relational, spiritual, environmental, and financial well-being
  • offer hospitality, develop relationships, and build inclusive community with both individuals and institutions
  • focus on positive long-term and deep-rooted change that links personal and social transformation
  • recognize and draw on the capacity for peace in faith-based, spiritual, and secular philosophies
  • work to dismantle systems of oppression, including using our resources to pro-actively counter the drive towards economies of extraction of wealth (in all its forms) from communities
  • cultivate leadership at all levels and in all positions and promote a model of shared leadership when working with communities


  • Acceptance Rate

    rate 90%
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $50


  • checkbox-alt Certified Academic Transcripts
  • checkbox-alt 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • checkbox-alt Resume/CV
  • checkbox-alt TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo (if applicable)

Additional Requirements

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) features an easy-to-navigate admissions application. All applicants are requested to submit certified transcripts, 3 references, resume/CV, and submit an 800-1200 word essay as part of their application. There is an additional section where anyone who would like to apply for scholarship support can submit a second 500-800 word essay. Any applicants who did not attend a primarily English-speaking institution are also requested to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo language scores. Our recruitment specialist is always just a quick email away to offer expert support throughout the process from discernment to enrollment.

Application Deadline

CJP uses a rolling admissions process. Prospective students can apply to be considered for a new semester up until 15 days before that semester begins. Scholarship support is offered on a case-by-case basis so earlier applications have higher odds of receiving financial support. Currently, 90% of CJP students have received some form of tuition support.

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound 65 Students
  • Female

    female 75% Female
  • Male

    male 25% Male


  • checkbox-alt Dedicated Diversity Office
  • checkbox-alt The EMU campus community (undergraduate, graduate, professional development students) averages 1,500 students and has approximately a 60% female student population.

Clubs & Associations

CJP students feel empowered to engage and impact the larger EMU campus. Some opportunities have included:

  • Facilitating on-campus RJ Trainings
  • Leading initiatives to create a more inclusive campus community
  • Access to our Practice Director helps you connect with departments on campus who may need your skills and passions, or to create relationships so you can engage and go deeper with the campus community.

EMU Clubs and Organizations include:

  • Asian/Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APISA)
  • Art Club
  • Black Student Alliance (BSA)
  • College Republicans
  • The Composer Collective
  • Cycling Club
  • Earthkeepers
  • Eastern Mennonite Student Women's Association (EMSWA)
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World at EMU (ESW)
  • EMU Explore
  • EMU Ultimate
  • Every Nation Campus (ENC)
  • International Student Organization (ISO)
  • Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
  • Peace Fellowship
  • Safe Space
  • Sustainable Food Initiative (SFI)
  • Young Democrats


Engaging in peacebuilding practice is an essential aspect of the CJP experience. As we seek to prepare reflective practitioners for the field, CJP offers a diverse range of practice opportunities for students. We encourage you to take advantage of some of these opportunities during your time here, be it in Harrisonburg, your community, or elsewhere. For CJP, practice is the skills, knowledge and processes we use to make the change we want to see happen. I work closely with student practitioners to identify areas of interest and support them before, during and after their practice, ensuring ample reflection and learning opportunities.


Areas of peacebuilding practice

CJP takes a broad view of forms of peacebuilding practice. These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Peacebuilding & conflict transformation
  • Conflict analysis
  • Advocacy and activism
  • Circle processes
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Project design and management
  • Racial justice work
  • Organizational development
  • Restorative justice
  • Dialogue facilitation
  • Peacebuilding and the arts
  • Mediation
  • Leadership coaching
  • Trauma awareness training
  • Training in peacebuilding
  • Action research

Practice opportunities

Practice opportunities are different than the practicum as they occur during the student’s first three semesters at CJP. Practice opportunities may be here at EMU, within the Harrisonburg community, or at other national and international locations. Most practice opportunities are part of academic coursework, volunteer work, or paid opportunities outside of the classroom. In some cases, short one-time practice opportunities may arise for students, such as conducting mediation or facilitating a one-time dialogue. In some classes, professors will integrate practice work into the course. In other cases, CJP may have a grant to pay students for practice. 

Past practice opportunities have included:

  • Recommending restorative options for hazing violations to the Office of Judicial Affairs at James Madison University
  • Leading a community dialogue around same-sex marriage
  • Evaluating a social justice carnival
  • Leading a circle process training for local police, teachers, and administrators
  • Conducting focus group research for a reconciliation initiative in Sierra Leone
  • Researching community adoption of riparian practices in Bergton, VA
  • Facilitating an online strategic planning for a local environmental organization

What Our Students Say

  • I came to CJP to deepen my knowledge, skills and practice in restorative and transformative justice. As someone who lives, works and parents in California, the ability to do an entire graduate certificate remotely was the only way I could have participated in CJP. I am grateful for all that I am bringing back to my community and my work as an action researcher.

    Ilinisa Hendrickson, GCRJ ‘21

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

  • checkbox-alt Work-study Programs Available
  • checkbox-alt Financial Aid Available
  • checkbox-alt Application Fee Waivers Available
  • checkbox-alt MA Programs (average two years to complete) Restorative Justice - $34,695 Conflict Transformation - $34,695 Transformational Leadership - $27,756 Average MA Program Financial Assistance = $5,000/year
  • checkbox-alt Graduate Certificate programs (average one year to complete) Restorative Justice - $13,878 Conflict Transformation - $11,565 Average GC Program Financial Assistance = $1,500/year
  • checkbox-alt Paid graduate Assistant Positions are available
  • checkbox-alt CJP has resources available to seek external scholarship opportunities for both Domestic and International Students
  • checkbox-alt CJP has developed partnerships and additional opportunities to help subsidize the cost of your education. These grants and discounts include: Faith Community Matching Grant, Volunteer Service Discounts, Fulbright Scholars, GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, The Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Location & Contact

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