Center for Conflict Studies Knowledge as Action, Action as Change

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.


The Conflict Resolution Certificate

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.

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.

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.

Non-Degree Options

Individuals who wish to complete a course of study to receive the Conflict Resolution Certificate 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.

Study Plan for the Conflict Resolution Certificate

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 Center for Advising & Career Services (CACS) advisor, Grace O'Dell and Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Pushpa Iyer.

Required Core Courses (8 credits)

  • IPSG 8511/ICCO 9511 Introduction to Conflict Resolution (4 credits)
  • Integration of Theory, Research & Practice (4 credits)

Skills Courses (2-4 credits)

Immersive Learning Opportunities

  • IPSG 8530 Cuba: Changing Course, Changing Times (4 credits)
  • IPMG 8539 Development Practice in El Salvador (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8532/IPMG 9532 Peru Practicum (2 credits)

* 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)

  • 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)
  • IPSG 8578 Women in War (2 credits)
  • Development Theory and Practice (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8599 Human Security: Concept & Policy (4 credits)
  • IPSG 9549/IPMG 9549/NPTG 8549 Wks: Human Trafficking (2 credits)
  • Security, Justice and Development (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8560 Intro to International Migration (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8628 International Migration, Security and Human Rights (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8544 Intro to Human Security and Development (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8611/NPTG 8640 Armed Violence and Development (4 credits)
  • IPSG 8640 Comparative Migration Analysis (4 credits)
  • MPAG 8618 Grassroots Leadership Development (4 credits)

The requirements listed above are effective as of Fall 2013.

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