George Mason University

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

A Group Talking Over an Issue

It takes guts to wade into the middle of a fiery dispute to get both sides talking instead of fighting. It also takes training and skill. If you want to help stop the cycle of violence, we’re here to give you the tools and real-world experience you need.

  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit certificate is specifically tailored to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to their focused areas of work. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, the certificate programs integrate conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical technique. Concentrations are available in Advanced Skills, Prevention and Reconstruction Contexts, World Religions and Peacebuilding, and Collaborative Community Action.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA, BS, Accelerated MS

    The Accelerated Master’s is designed for highly qualified and motivated undergraduate students majoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  Students admitted to this program have the opportunity to complete both their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in a condensed time frame. Areas of concentration include: Building Peace in Divided Societies; Global Engagement; Political and Social Action; Justice and Reconciliation; Interpersonal Dynamics; and 
    Collaborative Leadership.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA, BS

    From disputes between two individuals to warring clashes among ethnic groups, students pursuing either a BA or BS in conflict analysis and resolution learn to affect change through peaceful solutions. The program provides a rigorous academic curriculum along with opportunities for internships, service learning, research projects, co-curricular programs, and study abroad. Graduates find fulfilling careers in mediation and negotiation, law and criminal justice, community advocacy, human resources, and international aid, development, and diplomacy. Mason also offers a minor and an accelerated master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution. Areas of concentration include: Building Peace in Divided Societies; Global Engagement; Political and Social Action; Justice and Reconciliation; Interpersonal Dynamics; and Collaborative Leadership.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS

    The master's in Conflict Analysis and Resolution offers a comprehensive study of conflict types and prepares students for research and intervention that can mitigate, resolve, and potentially prevent negative relations between parties. Students analyze the root causes and defining characteristics of conflicts and explore the wide-ranging consequences for those parties engaged and engulfed in hostilities. Conflicts are examined at all levels—interpersonal, intragroup, intergroup, and international—with the assumption that there are common dynamics across levels of analysis.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Minor

    This interdisciplinary 18-credit minor equips students with the knowledge and skills they need for many careers. Students develop critical thinking skills, cross-cultural understanding, creative problem solving, research and writing skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in teams.  They learn to identify and analyze sources of conflict, and apply conflict resolution theories to practical, real-world situations in their community, workplace, and personal life.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, PhD

    The doctoral program, the first of its kind in the United States, provides advanced study for students in the field of conflict analysis and conflict resolution. Students are prepared for careers as researchers, theoreticians, and teachers in higher education, and as policy administrators, analysts, and consultants in the public and private sectors.

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  • Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security, MS, MA, dual degree

    This dual degree program combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: Mason and the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. The program provides students with the theoretical and practical tools that will enable them to deal effectively with conflicts at the micro and macro levels, placing a specific emphasis on the Mediterranean context.

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  • Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit program is tailored to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to Mass Atrocity Prevention, including genocide and mass violence prevention. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, or graduate students seeking specialized, practical knowledge, the certificate program integrates conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical techniques of preventing mass atrocities.

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  • Master's International Program with the Peace Corps, MI

    Master's International, a joint program with the Peace Corps and George Mason University, enables participants to prepare for Peace Corps Volunteer service while earning their Master's in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Participants apply separately to the Peace Corps and George Mason University to be accepted into the program. The M.S. in Conflict Analysis is comprised of a total of 41 credit hours including: 15 credits of core courses, 20 credits of elective courses, and six integrative credits, which will be fulfilled through Peace Corps service. Each student will develop a Plan of Study and discuss course options each semester with his/her advisor, updating the plan as deemed appropriate.

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  • Social Work, MSW, Conflict and Analysis Resolution, MS Dual Degree

    Mason’s Social Work MS/MSW Dual Degree enables students to earn both an MS in Conflict Analysis & Resolution and an MSW in Social Work. Offered by the Department of Social Work in partnership with the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, this dual degree benefits from strengths of both programs, and takes advantage of the diversity of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The program includes focused coursework in conflict analysis and resolution, as well as direct service with many different population groups in a wide range of settings, policy analysis and advocacy, community practice, research, and organizational leadership. The program prepares students to work in practical and academic/research fields, in government, commercial, and non-profit organizations. 

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  • Sport and Conflict Resolution, Minor

    This program prepares students to work for organizations using sports for development, community building and peace. It provides a cross section of courses in sports management and conflict resolution. Courses in sports management frame the sports industry in a philosophical, ethical, cultural and business context. Conflict resolution courses introduce students to foundational concepts in the study of human conflict, the analysis of conflict and problem solving techniques for helping to resolve conflict. This is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism.

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