For current students and faculty of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance 

Department Course Schedules

Check out our summer online skills practicum options and learn more about study abroad. 

Fall 2021 course schedule (pdf)

Conflict Resolution Student Handbook

What to Expect the First Year

You will be assigned a faculty advisor to talk about your course projection. He or she will assist you in meeting your academic requirements and exploring your academic and professional interests. Multiple events, colloquiums, and talks will be available to broaden your knowledge on a variety of issues.  If you do not know who your advisor is, contact the program director 

Review the course and degree requirement section of our website to learn what courses you must complete, to finish your degree.  Master's requirements here and certificate requirements here.  Visit the form section on the resource tab, where you will find a Curriculum Worksheets for both the masters and certificate program to help you record and plan your studies. To fulfill the requirements of your elective, you are allowed to take up to 3 (three) classes ­­outside of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance with the approval of your advisor and the department. Please refer to the External Course Approval Form also in forms section resource tab for more information.

Weekly newsletter of “Friday Fellowship, Funding, and Opportunities” will be sent via email to help students stay informed with what is going on in the university, locally, and globally.

If you need assistance with WISER, Blackboard, or any other resources, refer to these links below:


UMass Boston IT Help Desk

Attending Colloquiums

To fulfill your degree requirements in Conflict Resolution, students are required to attend a certain number of colloquiums sponsored by the department (master's students must attend 10 and certificate students must attend 5).  We offer at least 4 per semester so there is ample opportunity.  These are opportunities to network with other students, faculty and staff members, and guests. Events vary from our annual Slomoff Lectureship, guest speakers, book or film screenings, study abroad presentations, etc. Visit our event page for a current listing. There will be a sign-up sheet to record your attendance. Please refer to the Event Archive to see past colloquiums. 


We offer a unique opportunity for field experience through an internship.  All master's students must complete one internship option detailed on the course and degree requirement page. To learn about opportunities visit the Internship Opportunities section of the resource tab.

Graduate Assistantships

If you have been awarded a graduate assistantship you will be assigned a supervisor at the beginning of each academic year. 

If you are a current student looking for assistantship opportunities, opportunities will be sent through email once available. Students are also encouraged to visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.

On-Campus Job Opportunities

Our Career Portal that is offered by the Office of Career Services, Handshake, includes a variety of on and off-campus job opportunities for current undergraduate and graduate students to apply.

Student Engagement

With 100+ student-led clubs and organizations on campus, students have the opportunities to join or create a club or more to channel their interests and passions while fostering leadership skills. UMBeInvolved is the place to browse clubs and organizations, events around the university, workshops, and news. Opportunities include the Graduate Students Assembly (GSA) that serves as the voice of graduate students to assure academic and professional developments. The GSA also offers various programs and grants that are available for students.

Choosing Your Capstone Project

Conflict Resolution master’s students are given three options to complete the graduation requirements: Integrative Seminar, Master’s Project, and Master’s Thesis.  Visit the master's program courses & degree requirements web page for details on each option. To help you choose which option suits your best interest, there will be a discussion event or a colloquium every semester to explore the capstone options. Faculty members will walk you through the differences of each. A collection of past students’ projects is also available for current students to explore what our graduates have written as their degree fulfillment.

Support for International Students

As a diverse and culturally rich institution, UMass Boston and the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance provide multiple supports for international students. Clubs and organizations, wellness support, counseling center, and the Office of Global Programs are available to assist international students. The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) facilitate free writing and academic strategy sessions throughout the semester via drop-in or scheduled sessions. The GWC also provides different workshops to bolster academic written and professional skills.

GGHS PhD Student Handbook

Visit the student handbook web page to learn more about the following:

  • What to Expect in Your First Year
  • Taking the First Qualifying Exam
  • What to Expect in Your Second Year
  • Choosing a Dissertation Committee
  • Taking Your Second Qualifying Exam with Dissertation Committee
  • Your Third Year and Beyond
  • The Dissertation
  • Working as a Graduate Assistant
  • Applying for Department Conference and Research Funding
  • List of Helpful Forms
  • PhD progression and dissertation stages/forms 
  • GGHS PhD Publications, Grant/Fellowship, and Awards Submission Form
  • Doctoral Student, Candidate and Alumni Publications (10.29.18)
  • Doctoral Student, Candidate, and Alumni Awards, Grants and Fellowships (10.29.18)

Link to the GGHS student handbook 

GGHS PhD Dissertation Proposal Library

Log on to the library using your UMass Boston email and password. The library is housed in OneDrive where you will find a list of titles and links to PDFs proposals.  

Fellowships & Scholarships

Visit Ways to Give to support these funds and our students.

David Matz Fellowship Application Eligibility: Conflict Resolution MA and Certificate Students who have completed at least 9 credits and have secured an experiential learning opportunity are eligible to apply for this award for up to $6000.  Call for applications each spring. Please contact for more information. 

The deadline to apply is March 19, 2021.  Please thoroughly review the Application Instructions and then complete the application for the Matz Fellowship here. 

2021 David Matz Fellows

  • Jefferson Cruz- Ruales
  • Caroline Gomes
  • Andrew Lennon
  • Milla Maia
  • Carlos A. Perez –Espitia
  • David Sulewski


The Fatima Breton Travel Award will provide financial support to students accepted into the Conflict Transformation Across Borders trip to Ecuador, who cannot independently afford to participate. Call for applications each spring. Please contact for more information on how to apply.


The Winston Langley Fellowship for Human Security Research in the Global South: honors of the role played by Chancellor Winton Langley in establishing the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance within the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, and his work to advance global issues and attention to human security concerns at UMass Boston, this department has established an annual seed grant of at least $500 to support student research on human security issues in the developing world. Graduate students in the department are invited to submit applications for this competitive award each spring (Deadline APRIL 1st ), to support a specific research activity later in the calendar year. The research must take place in or be centrally about human security in the Global South. See the Student Grant section on the resource tab of our website for how to apply.


  • Ellen Busolo Milimu (2021) funding research in Kenya 
  • Anna Dubrova (2020) funding research in Rwanda
  • Mario Portugal Ramirez (2020) funding summer research in Bolivia
  • Lyndsey McMahan (2019)  funding summer research in Rwanda
  • Mario Portugal Ramirez (2019) funding summer research in Colombia


Visit Ways to Give to support these funds and our students.

Beacon2Beacon Mediation Services

Beacon2Beacon (B2B) is a team of Conflict Resolution students and faculty offering mediation services to members of the UMass Boston community who are experiencing conflict and seeking resolution.  more info.

Internship Opportunities

Internships can provide excellent learning opportunities, sources for professional networking, and possibilities for employment. This page provides a sampling of opportunities available to ConRes students, in Boston and abroad. The list below serves as a sampling, so you are encouraged to reach out to organizations on this list or other groups in which you are interested. You should also consult with UMass Boston's Office of Career Service & Internships that is available as a resource for UMass Boston’s students and alumni, including access to UMass Boston Handshake, our career portal. UMass Boston faculty members, staff, fellow students, and others are also available to point you to interesting opportunities.

When searching for an internship, consider the following:

  • What industries or career fields interest you?
  • Do you need a paid internship, or can you accommodate an unpaid opportunity?
  • What are your transportation needs? Is driving possible or do you require easy access to public transportation?
  • Are you willing (and able) to relocate temporarily (i.e. for summer internships)?

Below is a sampling of what’s available to Conflict Resolution MA students, from on-campus, in-state, national, to international opportunities: 

Elaine Werby Public Service Internship at the UMass Boston Center of Social Policy

Internship position with a financial award through stipend available for selected students who are passionate to gain experience in research and evaluation regarding poverty eradication.

Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration

As a research center and the state office serving Massachusetts government agencies and citizens, MOPC serves as a neutral forum for collaborative planning, problem-solving, and public issues through evidence-based programming and expedited procurement of resources. Interns will perform photographic evaluations of four youth conflict resolution programs in urban and rural settings, resulting in the development of digital stories that document the lives of a diverse group of at-risk/vulnerable youth populations

Massachusetts Peace Action

Different internship positions for students, recent graduates, or young activists who want to help and want experience in building political power for peace.

Positions Available: Legislation, Research, Communication, and Campus Organizing Intern

United Nations Young Professionals Programme

A recruitment program for young professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat. The application is open to all nationals of countries participating in the recruitment exercise.

For current Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance students, click the link below to access our complete list of available internship opportunities. Please login with your UMass Boston credentials as you may use for WISER, Webmail, and others. As internship opportunities are constantly updating, please check out our email communications as well.

Resource page for current UMass Boston students.

Study Abroad

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

See fellowship, scholarship and grant tabs for funding opportunities

Student Grants

Students of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance can apply for funding for:

  • Conferences on a rolling basis
  • Seed and grants for research. Deadline to apply November 1 & April 1 each year
  • Winston Langley Fellowship in Human Security. Deadline to apply April 1 each year

Link to policy and how to apply. 

See the Fellowship & Scholarship tab for more opportunities

External Fellowships and Grants opportunities 

Capstone and Master's Project Library

Capstone and Master's Project Library

  • Log on with your UMass Boston email and password.:  This will bring you to OneDrive which contains selected titles and links to PDF's. 

PhD Candidate Publication and Award List

PhD Candidate Publication List

Event Archive

Check out some of the exciting things we have done!

Fall 2021

Spring 2021


Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

Spring 2019 

Fall 2018

Summer 2018

  • Thesis Defense by Edward C Henry, International Relations Master’s Program -The United States of Sol: Privatization as a Tool of American Hegemony in the Solar System  
  • Thesis Defense by William G Foster-Nolan, International Relations Master’s Program - War, Public Outrage, and Partisanship: Congressional Responses to Presidential Military Overreach

  • Master's in Conflict Resolution thesis defense by Enrico E. Manalo titled: A Closed Mouth Gonna Get you Nothin': How Conflict is Handled after Diversity and Inclusion

Spring 2018


Fall 2017

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013


Commencement Awards

Department Awards:

  • Roni Lipton Student Mentor Award- Announced in 2018, this award has been established in honor of longtime Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance Associate Director Roni Lipton, an exceptional mentor to our students for many years, recognizes extraordinary peer mentorship and community building by a student in the department.

    • Anggita Parameswari and Allyson Bachta (2021)

    • Krystal-Gayle O'Neill (2020)

    • Susan Bartzak-Graham (2019)

    • Sarah Beth Fascitelli (2018)

  • Ambassador John W. McDonald Award for Leadership and Innovation in Global Governance and Conflict Resolution This award is given to a graduating student in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance for showing leadership and innovation in global governance and conflict resolution.

    This award is inspired by the life and work of Ambassador McDonald -- a lawyer, diplomat, international civil servant, development expert and peacebuilder. His career has been dedicated to the integration of thought and action in solving global challenges through innovative means at all levels of governance.
    • Jeff Cruz (2021)

    • S. Ashraf Amiri (2020)

    • Israel Archie (2019)

    • JinSeop (Jay) Jang (2018)

    • Saadia Ahmad (2017)

    • Samiullah Mahdi (2016)

    • J. Michael Denney (2013)

Conflict Resolution Program Awards: 

  • Academic Excellence in Conflict Resolution - This award recognizes excellence in academic work in the field of conflict resolution.  It is given in recognition of outstanding academic performance in research, written work, and/or classroom discussion.

    • Matt Cloyd (2021)

    • Kaitlyn Burns (2020)

    • Rachel Nederhoff (2019)

    • Nancy Ramer (2018)

    • Teresa Yeh (2017)

    • Daniel Green Certificate Program (2016)   

    • Emily Schkeryantz and Savannah Williams(Master's program (2016)

  • Conflict Resolution Convocation Award -This book award is given in recognition of extraordinary work in the conflict resolution program. It recognizes excellence across both coursework and the capstone project.

    • Mariam Davlidshelidze (2021)

    • Jennifer Moya Castano (2020)

    • Joshua Stuart Shor (2019)

    • Enrico Manalo (2018)

  • Donald Paulson Service Award in Conflict Resolution - This award recognizes outstanding service into the field of conflict resolution, both within the program at UMass Boston and to the wider conflict resolution field.

    • Augusta Davis (2021)

    • Michael Rozinsky (2020)

    • Beyza Burcak (2019)

    • Josie Patterson (2018)

    • Kweta Henry (2017)

    • Richard Barbieri (2016)

Global Governance and Human Security PhD Program Awards:

  • GGHS Excellence in Dissertation Research Award -This award recognizes extraordinary excellence in doctoral research by a GGHS doctoral student who has either successfully defended a doctoral dissertation or published a portion of doctoral research as an article in a high impact peer-reviewed venue, in the previous 12 months

    • Adriana Rincon Villegas (2021)

    • Charles Brackett & Abigail Kabandula (2020)

    • Deborah McFee (2019)

    • Natalia Escobar Pemberthy & Yuliya Rashchupkina (2018)

  • GGHS Excellence in Community Engagement and Leadership Award -This award recognizes extraordinary excellence by a GGHS graduate student or recent alum in the areas of community engagement, community service, political/policymaking leadership and/or applied policy or political action. Such leadership and engagement may be achieved at UMass Boston, or within other local, state, national or international communities.

    • Lyndsey McMahan (2021)

    • Michael Scanlon (2020)

    • Denise Muro & David Sulewski (2019)

    • Charla Burnett (2018)

International Relations Master's Program Awards 

  • Convocation Award for Academic Excellence in International Relations - This award recognizes excellence in academic work in the field of international relations.  It is given in recognition of outstanding scholarly performance and overall academic record.

    • Brittany Dhooge (2021)

    • Kristin Hynes (2020)

    • Nathan Akin (2019)

    • William Foster-Nolan (2018)

    • Ugonna Ishionwu (2017)

    • Stephen Norris (2016)

  • Outstanding Achievement in International Relations This award recognizes outstanding scholarly achievements in the field of international relations.  It is given to a student whose performance in courses and also in other scholarly endeavors deserves special recognition.

    • Lissa Damus (2021)

    • Mariely Guerrero (2020)

    • Kinga Karlowska (2019)

    • Ira Kassiel (2018)

    • Jacey Taft  (2017)

    • George Fakhry (2016)

  • MAIR Capstone/Thesis Award - This award recognizes exceptional work in a capstone or MA thesis project.

    • Brandon Wilcox (2021)

    • Maryanne Kamunya (2020)

    • Olabode George Oluwa Igandan (2019)

    • ​Shaheen Brandon Merhej (2018)

Global Governance and Human Security Master's Program Awards

  • Convocation Award for Academic Excellence in Global Governance and Human Security - This award recognizes excellence in academic work in the field of global governance and human security. It is given in recognition of outstanding scholarly performance and overall academic record.
    • Rose Fitzmaurice (2021)

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