Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution Certificate Program

Conflict Resolution is one of the fastest growing and most pertinent fields of study in today’s conflict-ridden and violent world.

Ashley Burke (MA IPS) in Niger

Conflict Resolution prepares students for the ‘real’ world through learning to integrate the theory, research and practice offered by this multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field.  Students learn to do systematic analysis of conflicts using conflict resolution theories and through conducting both primary and secondary research. Using their own analysis and through in class simulations and through internship opportunities, students develop many conflict resolution skills such as communication, listening, negotiation, mediation and dialogue. Students may choose to focus on a specific policy/ practice area within conflict resolution for instance, trade, migration, development, security, business, gender, and environment.

Conflict Resolution majors find employment in different settings like local and international NGOs, government agencies, United Nations, policy think-tanks, research institutes, court systems and businesses.

Non-Degree Options

Individuals who wish to complete a course of study to receive the Certificate in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution may do so within a period of two semesters. These students are considered non-degree, as they are not enrolled in a master’s degree program, and will have a different set of admissions requirements. Working professionals, recent undergraduate students, and individuals who already hold an advanced degree can be considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more details.

Conflict Resolution Certificate: Study Plan

This certificate is comprised of a minimum of 18 credits with an average grade of B or higher for all courses completed in furtherance of the certificate.

Required Core Course:

Skills Courses (2-4 credits)

Immersive Learning Opportunities

Electives (6-8 credits)

  • IPSG 8679  Conflict and Peacebuilding in Divided Societies (4 credits)
  • Fieldwork in Conflict Zones (2 credits)
  • IPSG 8545/ICCO 9545  Culture and Conflict (2 credits)
  • Ethics in Practice (2 credits)
  • IPSG 8578 Women in War (2 credits)
  • Development Theory and Practice (4 credits)
  • Human Security: Concept & Policy (4 credits)
  • Human Trafficking Workshop (2 credits)
  • Development Theory and Practice (4 credits)
  • Security, Justice and Development (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8505 Global Politics (4 credits)
  • Intro to Inter-Cultural Communication (2 credits)
  • Research in Inter-Cultural Studies (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8560 Intro to International Migration (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8563 International Law for Policy Makers (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8605 Armed Youth: American Gangs (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8628 International Migration, Security and Human Rights (4 credits)
  • Research Methods for Development Practice (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8522 Rethinking Human Rights (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8544 Intro to Human Security and Development (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8552/ICCO 9552 Communicating Social Media/World Events (2 credits)
  • IPSG 8611/NPTG 8640 Armed Violence and Development (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8640  Comparative Migration Analysis (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8650  Human Rights Protection:Strategic Practice (4 credits)
  • Grassroots Leadership Development (4 credits)

 The requirements listed above are effective as of Fall 2013.