Jake Graff, a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees, completed his tour in 2014. He’s now working toward a master’s degree in conflict resolution after getting his BA in criminal justice in 2016. He would eventually like to get into the world of corporate mediation.

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We know that veterans face challenges when returning to college. We are here to assist you with the process of turning your military experiences into a career or helping you get started in a new field.  Learn to manage conflict and govern local and global organizations with a graduate degree in conflict resolution, or international relations. 

These programs require a BA to apply however, not having a bachelor’s degree is NOT a deal breaker! UMass Boston offers an accelerated BA to MA program where you can earn both degrees in as little as 5 years.  For example, you could apply as an undergraduate to any of the majors offered by the College of Liberal Arts, then in your junior year you apply for an accelerated master’s degree and get on track to graduate in 5 years with a bachelors and a master’s.

Start putting your GI benefits to work: visit our Veterans Admission page which provides a variety of services including one-on-one help with admissions.  

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Joshua Stuart-Shor is a Boston native and U.S Army veteran who served as an Infantry Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and then as a Green Beret in the 3rd Special Forces Group.  His experiences include multiple deployments across Afghanistan, Iraq, and Central Asia.  Josh left the military in 2016 to pursue a MA in Conflict Resolution at UMass Boston to further develop his interests in inter-organizational conflict and leadership. These interests were developed during his time overseas working with local militias and organizations.  Josh currently works as a Human Performance coordinator at O2X, specializing in leadership and resiliency.  His goal is to put to work the skills and techniques learned in the program and apply them in the world of organizational leadership and resiliency, eventually re-entering the national security apparatus.

We are proud to share student veteran success stories and encourage you to reach out with any questions or to get an idea of how it is to go to school after serving your country.