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Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution is small, specialized, and skill-based. Students have the advantages of an active learning community, cutting-edge research faculty, and the top practitioners of the field. The program prepares students to resolve conflict in a turbulent world. Our students learn to apply theoretical approaches alongside skills for negotiation, mediation, and facilitation.
Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution Program offers a flexible curriculum in which students focus on integrating conflict resolution skills into a variety of sectors at the local, national, and global levels. The relatively small student cohorts and world-renowned faculty offer multiple opportunities to tailor the degree to students’ interests. The program includes a theoretically rigorous core curriculum, skills taught by top practitioners, and extensive experiential learning opportunities.
The program is recently updated. The M.A. in Conflict Resolution is lean, oriented to the needs of the market, and committed to building community among our students and alumni.
The new program requires 34 credit-hours of coursework. Full time students can complete these requirements with four consecutive semesters of classes, including a summer of fieldwork. Practice, application, and engagement anchor the curriculum.
The Georgetown MA in Conflict Resolution is designed around theory, skills, and applied learning. The Conflict Resolution curriculum at Georgetown is rigorous. Core courses introduce theoretical and practical skills. The wide range of elective courses help conflict resolution students develop, explore, and deepen knowledge in areas of individual interest.
Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution features skills-based training. Students graduate from the program with an education in the core skills of the field: mediation, negotiation, and facilitation. Through a partnership with San Francisco’s Community Boards, the oldest community-based mediation center in the United States, Georgetown’s conflict resolution masters students can opt to earn certification in mediation through their studies.
Georgetown Conflict Resolution students also have opportunities to learn relevant skills to the practice through one-credit skills courses. Skills courses are generally weekend-intensives that focus on a particular set of skills or provide a deep-dive into a particular subject. These courses are taught by top practitioners in their fields.
Experiential learning is a key component of the Conflict Resolution Program. Our students follow a three-semester experiential series, with two Practicum seminars and the Summer Field Fellowship. Each of these is a guided work experience that deepens learning through application.
The Practicum Seminar series asks students to be conflict resolution entrepreneurs. Students work with an outside organization on a concrete deliverable, under the supervision and guidance of Conflict Resolution faculty. In this way, CR students gain experience in the state of the art of practice, build applicable skills, and expand their knowledge of the applications of conflict resolution.
Over the summer term, our master’s students work in a field-based, program-funded Summer Field Fellowship. Placements can be international or domestic. The experience offers students opportunities to engage in relevant practice and apply skills learned during their studies.
Faculty in the Conflict Resolution program are leading practitioners and scholars who are dedicated to training the next generation of conflict resolution practitioners, policymakers and scholars with the skills, knowledge, and connections to advance sustainable peace in a wide variety of sectors. All faculty are actively engaged in applied practice and research on addressing some of the most challenging issues around advancing peace and justice in the world.
To apply, submit the following materials by January 15, 2020: Statement of purpose (approximately 500 words), a resume or CV, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from every university attended, an academic writing sample of 10 – 20 pages, and a USD 90 application fee. TOEFL or IELTS scores are (required for international students who have not received a degree from an English-speaking university.
As part of the program update, GRE scores are now recommended but not required. If you have GRE scores and would like to submit them, we would welcome that information. However, if you have not taken the exam or chose not to submit scores, we consider applications complete without GRE scores.
Building on Georgetown’s commitment to social justice and academic excellence, the Conflict Resolution program focuses on preparing students to address conflict locally and globally. A core principle of our program is Utraque Unum, Latin for “both into one,” and Georgetown’s motto. Utraque Unum represents our drive to reconcile, to use conflict as an opportunity to bring together diverse points of view and create greater strength through understanding.