Conflict Resolution Graduate Admissions

Graduate study in Conflict Resolution provides peace and conflict perspectives, critical thinking, and research competencies to pursue independent inquiry under faculty guidance.

Graduate Certificates and Master's Degree

Applications for the Graduate Certificate and MA/MS to begin in fall term will be accepted February 10 through May 10, 2020. The Applied Certificate application opens April 1, 2020.  The graduate certificates and the full master's degrees are all financial aid eligible. 

The Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution is a fixed five-course (20-credit) three-term course of study. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Conflict Resolution involves 22 credits of electives, a research methods class, and a practicum course.  The Certificates can stand alone or serve as the foundation for the full master’s degree.  The MA or MS is a 54-credit degree that involves a significant culminating experience, either a Project or Thesis. 

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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 particular areas of focus within the framework of program requirements.  

For admission to graduate study in the program, the student's background and preparation should reflect an ability to pursue graduate work in conflict resolution. Although the program does not require a specific undergraduate degree, competency in both research and academic writing are expected.

Because this program is broadly interdisciplinary, students with an undergraduate degree in any area are encouraged to apply for admission. Should the student's preparation be deemed inadequate in certain areas, the student will be required to overcome those deficiencies through formal coursework and/or directed readings. All such work is separate from work toward the master's degree.

The program works on a cohort model which allows students a chance to build community with each other and the faculty. It also allows for a deeper connection with the knowledge and skills that are acquired throughout the core courses. Due to this model, admissions for new students are in the fall term only. 

Language acquisition is the only difference between the MA and the MS degree. The MA includes a language component; MA degree seekers will have to demonstrate their ability to pass an oral exam in a language that is not English prior to their final term in the program. The courses and credit requirements for each degree are the same