Conflict Resolution Graduate Admissions

The Conflict Resolution MA/MS program provides peace and conflict perspectives, critical thinking, and research competencies to pursue independent inquiry under faculty guidance.

In the spring of 2018, a pause in graduate admissions went into effect for the Conflict Resolution Program.  In January, 2019, the faculty submitted a revised graduate curriculum for university approval.  Our proposal is currently moving forward through the review process.  Watch this site for an update in early March.  Thank you for your interest in Conflict Resolution at PSU!


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