Conflict Resolution Certificate

Explore a new field or gain additional expertise with a graduate certificate. Conflict Resolution is one of the fastest growing and most pertinent fields of study in today’s conflict-ridden and violent world.


Our certificates provide an opportunity for non-degree students, Master's students and career professionals to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in International Policy. Certificates range between 15-32 credits and with advanced planning can be completed within two semesters. 

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.

Below is a list of courses that are almost certainly offered every year. Further electives will be added at the beginning of each semester depending on course offerings and will be available with CACS advisor, Grace O'Dell and Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Pushpa Iyer.

Required Core Courses (8 credits)

Skills Courses (2-4 credits)

Immersive Learning Opportunities

* Other opportunities to be determined on a semester by semester basis.

Directed Study with Practice Elements

  • Internships, Field Research and other opportunities to be determined on an individual basis.

Electives (6-8 credits)

The requirements listed above are effective as of Fall 2013.

Apply for a Certificate Program

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