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Apply for the M.A. in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University!

Craig Zelizer

November 2, 2023

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Conflict resolution is essential at this critical moment in history. At Georgetown University’s Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution, our mission is to train professionals in the skills, policies, and practices that reduce violence, redress division, and resolve destructive conflict. Our master’s students build knowledge, develop professional skills, and earn real-world experience. Our graduates are peacebuilders, violence-prevention experts, mediators, diplomats, and more. If you share Georgetown University’s commitments to social justice, holistic education, and academic excellence, and are seeking to build a career in conflict resolution, you should learn more about our program.

Our peace and conflict studies master’s program is small, specialized, and skills-based. Our students have the advantages of an active learning community, world-renowned research faculty, and proximity to practitioners based in Washington D.C. We mentor students individually and build a close community while leveraging of all the best of what Georgetown University has to offer. 

Our curriculum features skills-based training. We emphasize hard skills such as research methods, program design, and monitoring and evaluation. At the same time, we ensure that students learn the soft skills necessary for professional peace work, such as teamwork, networking, writing, and community building.  Additionally, our required coursework includes training in the core dialogue skills of the field: negotiation, mediation, and facilitation. Through a partnership with San Francisco’s Community Boards, the oldest community-based mediation center in the United States, students can also opt to obtain certification in mediation. 

Experiential learning is a key component of our degree requirements. Students learn best through active engagement and by applying in the world what they learn in the classroom. This insight steers our approach to teaching conflict resolution. Our students follow a sequence of experiential courses, which consists of two guided field experiences. Our Practicum guides students through a professional experience as conflict resolution consultants. Over the summer term, our master’s students complete placements in the field for degree credit through our Summer Field Fellowship. In this way, students gain experience in the state-of-the-art of practice, build applicable skills, and network in their area of interest. This valuable training can aid our students in raising their competitiveness in our field’s niche job market.

Our degree progression is designed to be completed by students, in person and on a full-time basis, in sixteen months. Our students earn their master’s degree by completing 34 credit-hours of coursework over four consecutive semesters We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2024 admissions. Apply by January 15, 2024!

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