Careers & Skills

The conflict resolution graduate programs provide the theoretical foundations and practical skills to advance your current career trajectory or help you transition to a new one. Our alumni work in fields as diverse as business, government, education, health care, and international humanitarian work.

More about Alumni Careers

Program Strengths

  • Experience an intimate learning environment that fosters close relationships between faculty and students
  • Explore conflict in interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, and international settings
  • Collaborate with our expert faculty of scholars and practitioners committed to student success
  • Gain hands-on experience through in-court mediation, restorative justice, and conflict resolution internships
  • Expand your network and knowledge base with relevant program-sponsored speaker series, conferences, and events
  • Enjoy the flexibility of evening and weekend classes

Faculty Expertise

Our faculty conduct research in the following fields:

  • Conflict in Border Regions
  • Court Mediation
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict
  • Democracy and Peace Building
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Gender and Security
  • International Conflict
  • Interreligious  Dialogue
  • Mediation and Negotiation
  • Organizational Conflict
  • Peace Education
  • Political Violence· Restorative Justice
  • Workgroup Conflict

Our faculty participate in research and service projects locally and globally in areas such as Africa, the Global South (especially Colombia and Ecuador), the Caribbean, Israel-Palestine, and Northern Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a thorough grounding in the theory of conflict and its resolution.  
  • Explore the social, psychological, political, structural, and cultural factors which give rise to conflict and shape its course.
  • Understand the effects of different types of conflict on people and the relationships among them. 
  • Develop skills in the practice, design, and evaluation of a variety of conflict management and resolution applications relevant to a broad range of contexts and group sizes. These skills include nonviolent, collaborative resolution methods, such as mediation, facilitation, negotiation, dialogue, organizational change, and consensual decision making.

Center for Governance and Sustainability

Linking analytical rigor and policy action in environmental, developmental and sustainability governance globally through state-of-the-art research, interactive dialogue, and comprehensive training for innovative leadership.

Director: Maria Ivanova, PhD

Center for Peace Democracy and Development

Promoting conflict resolution, democracy, economic development, education building, media development, and legal and judicial reform through partnerships and training programs across the globe.

Executive Director: Darren Kew, PhD

Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development website

Other McCormack Graduate School Research Centers and Institutes

Our nationally and internationally known centers and institutes also provide students with opportunities for jobs, internships, and possible thesis or dissertation data. 

Full list of McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Study Centers and Institutes