Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution

Your Motivation

Conflict is an every day reality in our organizations, communities, and around the world. We believe that conflicts, if well managed or transformed, can provide an opportunity for positive change.

At the Kroc School, we have designed a nine-month Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR) to provide you with the knowledge, frameworks and skills to transform conflict dynamics. This program combines conflict management with conflict resolution. This means you will learn skills to understand and address individual and organizational situations as well as system-level conflict in a variety of cultural contexts. In the MS-CMR, you will learn how to best manage conflicts - by refocusing energy and changing perspectives - and gain skills to successfully resolve conflicts, through mediation, negotiation, facilitation and dialogue processes.

If you are a working professional in any field with the experience to recognize the challenges and opportunities inherent to conflict, this program is for you. The Kroc School’s innovative approach to conflict management and resolution combines multidimensional perspectives for problem solving with diverse strategies and finding effective approaches to intractable situations. In this program you will learn through ongoing experimentation, simulation and practice, inside and outside the classroom from the only conflict resolution degree on the West Coast that is housed in a Peace School.

Dr. Ami Carpenter Master conflict management and resolution with world-class faculty like Dr. Ami Carpenter. Dr. Carpenter is a practitioner specializing in interethnic conflict resolution. She works in mediation, facilitation, training and conflict resolution consulting. Carpenter currently advises the U.S. Institute of Peace, Interpeace and the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention.

The Outcome

You will emerge from the program with the following capabilities:
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation
  • Coalition-building
  • Intercultural Competency
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Stakeholder Mapping

As a graduate, you will understand the complex dynamics and underlying causes of conflicts allowing you to develop effective strategies and solutions.

The MS-CMR will give you a one-of-a-kind conflict toolkit to be applied in diverse conflict environments, from interpersonal conflict, to intergroup or interreligious conflict, to transnational conflict.