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Many potential students get to know our programs by enrolling to take a single course with us. This is a great way to "sample" the programs before applying. It lets you assess whether the content of the program meets your goals and interests and if the structure of the program is manageable given your other commitments. 

All classes are 3-credits unless otherwise noted.  These graduate level courses require that students have completed a bachelor's degree in order to enroll. If you take a course as a non-degree student, earn a grade of B or better, and are later admitted to one of our degree programs the credits earned will be counted towards your degree (maximum of 6 credits allowed).  All course options can count towards:

Please visit the tuition and fee page of the Bursar’s Office website for up-to-date information regarding the cost to take a class. Note: New England regional rate is not applicable for non-degree students.

Summer study aboard programs are eligible for non-degree credits

Summer 2020 Non-Degree Options:

Peace-building after Violent Conflict: the case of Northern Ireland." with Professor Marie Breen-Smyth.    Examine the Northern Ireland conflict, referred to locally as ‘the Troubles’, which lasted for over four decades and is one of the most researched and analyzed armed conflict of recent times. Study the peace process which began in 1994 and culminated in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, after 7 previously unsuccessful attempts at resolution.  Register for this Advanced Negotiation and Mediation course here  There are no prerequisites and credits could count towards a graduate degree at UMass Boston.

Negotiation (CONRES 621) with Jeff Pugh: Negotiation is the bedrock skill in this field. The course addresses the development of negotiation techniques and fosters student knowledge of the substantial body of negotiation theory that is now available.

Fall 2020 Non-Degree Options: 

Registration begins over the summer, and classes start the week of September 8. Click here to sign up,  and we will send instructions about how to obtain a free ID number. [Required to register].

Issues in World Politics (INTREL 612) with Leila Farsakh: Monday, 5:30 PM

This seminar focuses on contemporary policy problems relevant to world politics. A critical examination of these global policy problems permits the application of key concepts and theories of international relations from a variety of different perspectives at the domestic, national, and international levels. Typically, this course focuses on selected regions or issues as illustrations of broader themes in world affairs.

International Development (INTREL 621) Miranda Chase: Tuesday, 5:30 PM

This course examines the major concepts and theories necessary for a critical understanding of the social, political, and economic problems and possibilities facing countries in their quest for development. While exploring the domestic determinants of development, the course also considers the role of international institutions and the most powerful countries in shaping the policy options of developing countries, with particular attention to the process of globalization as a recent contributor to the problem of underdevelopment.

Theories of IR (INTREL 611) with Paul Kowert: Thursday, 5:30 PM

This course provides students with an introduction to the major explanatory theories and core concepts that define international relations as a field of study. It identifies key agents, examines the historical evolution of international systems, and describes processes and institutions that contribute to various forms of international conflict and its resolution. This course provides a foundation for more specialized course in international relations.

Global Governance (INTREL 3438) with Samuel Barkin (cross listed w/ CONRES 638L): Wednesday, 5:30 PM

''Global governance'' refers both to something empirical -- ''what (limited) world government we have'' -- and to an approach to the study of global problems, one that highlights the economic and cultural contexts of political globalization and foregrounds the questions of whether and how current processes can be made more effective. Students will become familiar with the variety of theoretical approaches to global governance and knowledgeable about its context, including the globalization of industrial capitalism in which global governance emerged, and about its empirics, what it is today. Students' final papers and in-class presentations will investigate the prospects for reform of global governance in an issue area of their choice.CONRES 638L and PUBADM 638L are the same courses.

Conflict Resolution in workgroups (CONRES 636) with Eben Weitzman: Monday, 4:00 PM

This course provides the participant with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of work groups, with an emphasis on processes of conflict within them, and to develop skills to deal constructively with intra- and inter- group conflict. Class sessions will deal with conceptual issues in a combination of lecture and seminar-discussion format, drawing from various literatures on groups. Students will also participate in weekly meetings with a small workgroup, consisting of a sub-set of the class, which will offer an opportunity to study group processes in vivo with the aid of a facilitator.

Introductory CR Theory (CONRES 623), Staff: Tuesday, 5:30 PM

This course examines the theories and assumptions underpinning the practice of negotiation and mediation. It identifies the major schools of thought that influence models in practice and shape research agendas. It examines theories critically, with three aims-uncovering implicit assumptions of practice, testing those assumptions against empirical evidence or other theories, and gleaning insights to assist practitioners.

Int'l Security & Conflict Mgt (CONRES 626) with Rita Kiki Edozie: Thursday, 5:30 PM

The post-Cold War international arena continues to reflect a state of insecurity as enduring conflicts such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remain unresolved and new wars in the Arab world, Africa, Asia, and Latin America threaten human security. Can international approaches to conflict management, resolution, and security provision bring peace to the world? In responding to this question, the course is an introduction to the study of war and peace, international and human security, and the theory and practice of contemporary conflict and conflict management around the world with special attention to Israel-Palestine, the UN Security Council, the African Union peace and security apparatus, and trends in transnational justice and international criminal law. Students participate in international conflict management final capstone group projects that help them connect the course content to the practical realities of international and comparative peacemaking and peacebuilding.

Court Mediation Certificate/Internship (CONRES 690) with Doug Thompson: Saturday, 9:00 AM class plus weekly half-day attendance at small claims courts 

This 6 credit class requires attending a 2 day orientation and then a combination of an in class mediation seminar plus mediating in Boston area small claims court 1 half day per week for the entire semester.   Students mediate cases, under close faculty supervision and each day of mediation is followed by a debriefing session with the supervisor. The mediation seminar and orientation is part of the internship. The seminar enables students to compare mediating experiences, focus on particular problem areas encountered by mediators, and re-examine theoretical concepts.  Approval to take this class may require a phone interview.

Receive Certificate of Completion showing completion of the training and mentoring components of mediator qualifications according to Massachusetts guidelines for training of mediators and M.G.L. Chapter 233 section 23 (Confidentiality Statute)

Conflict in Health Care (CONRES 697) with David Matz: Tuesday, 5:30 PM

Conflict in health care organizations impacts, sometimes quite dramatically, both the quality of the care provided and its cost. We will study three kinds of conflict: conflict between patients and health care organizations; conflict among those who work inside a health care organization; and conflict between health care organizations and other organizations, like funders and pharmaceutical companies. We will study the links between how conflict is handled and the health care the organization provides. And, since conflict can be handled well or poorly, we will study how individuals and organizations can do it better. Finally we will look at policies that can improve the handling of health care conflict.

Negotiation (CONRES 621) with Jeff Pugh Wednesday, 5:30 PM: Negotiation is the bedrock skill in this field. The course addresses the development of negotiation techniques and fosters student knowledge of the substantial body of negotiation theory that is now available.