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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.

Please visit: the Guest Students (Non-Degree/ Nonmatriculated) page of the Registrar's Office website for more information regarding non-degree registration.

Fall 2022 Non Degree Course Options

  • Courses are taught in person unless otherwise noted
  • Course are 3 credits unless otherwise noted 

ConRes 603: Cross-Cultural Conflict (Online course)

This course emphasizes the special characteristics of conflict based in religious, ethnic, national, or racial identity-conflicts that the field calls ''intractable.'' The primary focus of the course is on intervention techniques that have been used and that have been proposed for use in these settings.

ConRes 621 Negotiation, Tuesday 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Negotiation is the bedrock skill in the conflict resolution field. The course addresses the development of negotiation techniques and fosters student knowledge of the substantial body of negotiation theory that is now available.

ConRes 623 Conflict Resolution Theory (online or in person), Thurday 5:30 pm - 8:15 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.

ConRes 636-01 Conflict in Workgroups, Wednesday 5:30 pm - 8:15 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.

ConRes 690: 6 credit Court Mediation Internship / Mediation Certification

Students mediate cases, under close faculty supervision, in one of the small claims courts in Greater Boston. Each day of mediation is followed by a debriefing session with the supervisor. A mediation seminar 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.You must have some level of negotiation experience to take this class.

Course involves both a regular class meeting on a pre-set number of Thursdays and spending one half-day per week in court, with an on-site supervisor/coach, for 4 full months. There is also a required 2-day pre-court training workshop. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. If more than 10 students request permission to enroll we will hold a lottery to determine who is able to enroll this term. Those students not chosen will be given priority placement for next semester. Students are placed in District Courts in Quincy and Dorchester. All of the courts are accessible by public transportation. If interested, contact kelly.ward@umb.edu

IntRel 611 Theories of International Relations, Wednesday 5:30 pm - 8:15 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.

IntRel 612 Issues in World Politics: Climate Change and the Global South (Synchronous online option via BeaconFlex), Tuesday 5:30 pm - 8:15 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. Fall 2022 focus will be on understanding the general and unique ways that climate change is impacting populations, landscapes and geographies in The Global South, with emphasis on Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. Through case studies, class discussions, presentations and research, students examine the organizational, technological and policy responses to climate change, that are in some ways rooted in the hemisphere’s collective history, geopolitics and economic standing in the international system.

IntRel 621 International Development, Monday 5:30 pm - 8:15 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.

IntRel/ConRes 638L Global Governance, Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:15 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 INTREL 638L are the same course.