The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Understanding conflict. Facilitating Peace.
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Conflict takes many forms in today’s world. The ability to manage it, resolve it, and seek productive pathways forward is more critical than ever. At Heller, we’re giving the next generation of peacebuilders the tools and perspective they need to see the full picture, and to guide individuals, families, communities, and nations toward common ground that promotes peace.
Our Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program (COEX) offers a practical, skills-based curriculum that prepares students to become responsible peacebuilding practitioners in conflict areas around the world. The program is built around three key pillars: understanding the problems of conflict, developing the process for coexistence intervention, and supporting people and communities through conflict resolution skills.
Whether your goal is to address or prevent war or ethnic violence, work in humanitarian aid and development, negotiate or mediate between individuals or states, implement policy through governments and international organizations, or foster change in your home community, the COEX program will provide you the tools you need.
We are a vibrant, diverse, passionate community that shares a common thread: advancing knowledge and interventions for sustainable peace.
Elevate your perspective
The COEX program draws socially conscious individuals from all walks and phases of life – security, military and diplomacy, development, education, human rights, journalism, law, civil society, racial and social justice, migration, arts, peacebuilding, health, development, public policy or those with nonprofit, government or international organization experience, as well as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni.
Master the fundamentals
The COEX curriculum provides a solid theoretical framework in contemporary coexistence and conflict prevention, as well as the practical and professional skills to design and implement successful conflict interventions. You’ll learn:
A 16-month program
Over the course of 16 months, COEX students develop and refine essential core competencies, and explore more specialized skills through a broad array of electives. Two semesters of academic coursework (September – May) are followed by field work and a final capstone paper or thesis (June – December). You may also choose an extra concentration semester in humanitarian aid and disaster management, or a semester abroad at the Conflict and Peace Research Program at Uppsala University in Sweden.
Fieldwork is designed to test your application of theory to practice, to expand your policy and hands-on experience, and to increase your security and comfort level in high-risk situations. Practicums take place over three months in an area of conflict related to your field of student, and come in many different forms – from roles within existing peacebuilding organizations to self-designed independent field research. Recent practicums include:
From high-level advocacy organizations and local government initiatives in the US, to government work in nations around the world, to UN program management positions, there’s no limit to the impact you can have as a COEX graduate. Placement for recent COEX graduates includes:
Dual and Joint Degrees
You can also extend your program with the following Dual and Joint degrees:
Scholarships and Financial Aid
The COEX program considers each applicant for a generous partial tuition scholarship. We also award guaranteed scholarships to returning National Service volunteers such as Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and City year volunteers, and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans.
For more details please contact:
Sandra Jones, Deputy Director, COEX