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 Graduate Programs

Master's Degree: 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 is available.

Certificate Degree: 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 the program. Options for 18 credit dual specialization and part-time study available. Credits transfer to master's degree program if you choose to continue. 

Mediation Certification 6 credit court mediation internship which includes 40 hours of classroom training and more than 30 hours of district court mediation, mentoring, and evaluation, meeting all the requirements of the Guidelines for Implementation of Qualification Standards for Neutrals, adopted January 24, 2004, pursuant to Rule 8 of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution. 

Prerequisite: ConRes 621 Negotiation or previous negotiation experience.  You may be eligible to take this class as a non-degree student.

 Learn more about the conflict resolution program

Consider taking a class as a non-degree student. 

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. 

Learn more about the International Relations master's program

Consider taking a class as a non-degree student. 

Global Affairs, BA

Students build a whole-world perspective as they are introduced to topics relevant to concerns shared among nations: cultural awareness and sensitivity, international public policy, international security, international development, economics, and environment and geography. Graduates go on to earn their master's or PhD and work in governance, politics, NGO leadership, consultancy, enterprise systems, and management of regional economies.

Learn more about the online Global Affairs bachelor's program

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. 

Learn more about the Global Governance and Human Security MA program

Consider taking a class as a non-degree student. 

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. 

Learn more about the Global Governance and Human Security PhD program

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.

Learn more about the accelerated master’s program

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).  

Learn more about taking a class as a non-degree student 

Study Abroad

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

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