Brandeis University, Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution & Coexistence (Full Scholarships Available)

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The call for peacebuilders grows ever stronger. Whether it is on the national, international, or local level, communities increasingly need peace leaders. The Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX), supported by the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, is responding to this call, offering degree programs that transcend disciplines and increase peacebuilding practice. We are now accepting applications for our 2018-2019 academic year, with full and partial scholarships available.

The Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) is designed for early and mid-career professionals who work or wish to work on nonviolent peacebuilding within governments, international agencies or non-profit organizations.

The program also prepares graduates for global careers in conflict resolution and transformation, security and diplomacy, aid and development, human rights, governance, education, civil society and community development. Students are trained in theoretical and practical issues of coexistence and conflict resolution in divided societies.

Students will gain professional skills to design and implement successful nonviolent interventions that enable groups, nations and regions to embrace peaceful coexistence and use those skills in their work in both government and non-government settings.



Through three pillars, the COEX program curriculum aims at strengthening students’ competencies:

To evaluate conflicts and design strategies for coexistence intervention,

To mediate, negotiate and lead interactions with the different stakeholders,

And to test coexistence theory in the reality of conflict zones through a practicum.

The 16-month curriculum includes an academic year in residence in the Boston area followed by three months of combined fieldwork, leading either to an internship report or master’s thesis. The program is designed to help students develop the ability to foster inter-communal and international cooperation in the face of tension and conflict. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing from fields as diverse as social psychology, political science, sociology, law, anthropology and cultural studies. The Slifka Foundation supports the fieldwork travel costs.

COEX students may also choose to combine a Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence degree with:

  • Our dual MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence with the KDI School of Government, South Korea prepares professionals to skillfully integrate conflict resolution skills into public policy practice. These two skill sets are strongly needed in the conflict resolution field; where post conflict countries must rebuild their society with public policies that lead to peace, and where policy minded peace professionals can help institute policies that lead a society towards peace before conflict erupts.

To complement their expertise, our students collaborate with the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School, which brings together faculty and practitioners from the field of deal-making and conflict resolution. Brandeis University also belongs to a consortium including Boston College, Boston University, Tufts University (excluding the Fletcher School) and the School of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, enabling Heller students to take courses at these schools.

To apply click here.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students applying to the COEX program are considered for a variety of scholarships, including the Alan B. Slifka Scholarship in Coexistence and Conflict Resolution, a partial tuition award.

This year we have several full scholarships available:

The Topol Fellowships on Nonviolence Practice, and the

Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships are also offered to students from certain geographic regions and who have particular research interests. For a full listing please click here.

In addition, the Heller School offers generous scholarships to returning Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, and United States Veterans. Each of these scholarships has unique application requirements and deadlines, so please click here for details.

Application Deadlines:

January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final – International Students
June 1: Final – US Citizens/Permanent Residents

For further details about the Coexistence and Conflict Program please visit: http://heller.brandeis.edu/coex/

Questions may be addressed to Sandra Jones, Associate Director COEX Program at [email protected],

Sam Sanchez, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, [email protected] or Heller Admissions at [email protected]





Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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