M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

The M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution is designed to train reflective professionals in the practice, design, and evaluation of a variety of conflict resolution applications. The M.S. program focuses on pragmatic approaches to solving problems inherent in human social relations. Students are exposed to a wide array of techniques and strategies to help people achieve nonviolent, non-litigious solutions for conflicts that arise in many personal, professional, organizational, and social environments. The M.S. program consists of a 12-course (36 credits) sequence that includes conflict resolution theory, practice skills, field placement, research design, and program evaluation.

Program Format

Students may enroll full or part-time, taking six to nine credit hours per semester. These flexible formats allow working adults and those unable to attend the on-campus program, to study conflict resolution in a creative, rigorous, and structured fashion.

Students taking online classes are required to attend 2 Residential Institutes (RI) per academic year. Each RI is 5 days. Currently, the RIs are held in February and October. Please visit the Residential Institute for current information.

Joint Degree

The Department of Conflict Resolution Studies will accept credits from the J.D. program offered through the Shepard Broad College of Law and apply them towards the M.S. The Conflict Analysis and Resolution M.S. program will accept 9 credits from the law program. Students must complete both programs to obtain the dual credits.

Students must seek admission independently to both the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies housed in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the Shepard Broad College of Law.


Program Curriculum | Total Credits: 36

 Core Courses - (36 Credits) 

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CARM 5000 Foundations and Development of Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies 3
CARM 5040 Communication Dynamics in Dispute Resolution: The Human Factor 3
CARM 5100 Mediation Theory and Practice 3
CARM 5140 Negotiation Theory and Practice 3
CARM 5200 Research Design and Program Evolution  3
CARM 6120 Culture and Conflict: Cross-Cultural Prerspectives 3
CARM 6130 Practicum I: Supervised Field Experience 3
CARM 6140 Facilitation Theory and Practice 3
CARM 6150 Professional Practice and Ethics 3
CARM 6450 MS Capstone 3
Students are required to complete (6) credit hours of electives.