Academic Programs

If you value practical experience, civic responsibility and academic excellence we invite you to explore our internationally-ranked graduate programs and pioneering work of our faculty and research centers.

Conflict Resolution Master's

Students examine the causes and characteristics of local and global conflict and learn to facilitate peaceful problem solving and collaborative decision making. Graduates work in fields as varied as policy, health care, human resources, law, and ministry. 

36 credits required to complete the program. Part time study available.

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Conflict Resolution Certificate

Students will gain professional skills to manage conflicts and facilitate collaborative decision-making. Courses include negotiation; theories of conflict resolution; ethical, professional and policy issues in dispute resolution; and cross-cultural conflict.

12 credits required to complete program. Options for 18 credit dual specialization and part time study available. Credits transfer to master's degree program if you choose to continue. 

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International Relations Master's

Students learn the theory and research methods needed to understand the actors and structures that compose our complex international system. Graduates work in government, nonprofits, NGOs, international business, or continue on to academic careers. 

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Global Governance and Human Security, MA

Students learn the structures of international governance and build management expertise for global policy challenges such as human security, environmental policies including climate change, health policies, and gender equity. 

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Global Governance and Human Security, PhD

Students learn the structures of international governance and build management expertise for global policy challenges such as human security, environmental policies including climate change, health policies, and gender equity. 

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Accelerated Master's Degree

For highly-qualified UMass Boston undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Honors College, this unique program allows you to finish your master’s degree in approximately half the time and at half the cost of a traditional two-year master’s program.

You will replace undergraduate electives with graduate coursework before matriculating as a graduate student to complete your master’s degree.

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Take a Class

Get to know our programs by taking a single course. This will let you assess if the content and structure of the program meets your goals and fits with your other commitments. You must have a bachelor's degree to enroll. These are 3-credit graduate level courses and the credits can transfer to one of our master's programs (restrictions apply).  

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Study Abroad

We offer academically rich study abroad programs in Northern Ireland and Ecuador.

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