Graduate Program

What you learn

Students entering this program are expected to develop an understanding and appreciation of the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological breadth of the field and to develop expertise in the pursuit of their own particular interests in the study of conflict resolution.

Holders of the master's degree are prepared for leadership positions in conflict management and intervention in governmental, non-governmental, and corporate settings at the local, regional, national, and international levels.  Graduate students emphasize implications of diverse perspectives, strategies and processes at the organizational and institutional level of conflict transformation and peacebuilding. 

How it works

Conflict Resolution offers two graduate certificates and a master's. Each credential has a separate application and is financial aid eligible. The certificates can be "stacked," if students seek further training toward the master's.  The course of study is designed for a cohort of students to begin in the fall term each year.

We offer a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Conflict Resolution, and the full MA/MS. The Graduate Certificate is a fixed 20-credit course of study, typically completed in three terms (one academic year).  The Graduate Certificate in Applied Conflict Resolution is a 22-credit course of study of at least five terms.  The master's degree consists of a minimum of 54 total credits, and is designed to be completed in two to two and a half years. 

In the fall of 2021, students can pursue a separate Graduate Certificate in Holocaust Genocide and Atrocity Prevention. This is a 20-credit credential with a separate application process.  

Holocaust Genocide & Atrocity Prevention


Introduction to Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Constructions of Power & Knowledge

Synthesis course

Electives (choose 2)

Critical Methodologies

The Holocaust

Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict


Race & Sustainability

Social Justice Pedagogy

Seminar in Gender, Race & Nations

Global Feminisms

Genocide: Trauma, Law, Politics

Sample Certificate Courses

Foundations of CR

Values & Ethics in CR

Psychology of Peace & Conflict

Intercultural CR

Conflict Resolution Skills

MA/MS courses

Thesis and Project Preparation Seminar

Project  or Thesis 


The best way to learn more about applications, admissions, and student success in Conflict Resolution is to read the Graduate Student Handbook, available below.  Once you read the Handbook, you can reach out to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Interim Director, or staff with questions. 

Interested individuals may take courses as post-bac or non-degree-seeking students and, if admitted to the program, count up to eight credits toward degree or credential completion.

The applications portal in Conflict Resolution will open on October 1, 2020 and remain open through May 10, 2021.  The application process is fully online and the portal is available through the PSU Graduate School Admissions link below.