Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution

Transform conflict into positive change.

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Priority Application Deadline:

March 15, 2020

Your Motivation

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

At the Kroc School, we have designed a 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 interpersonal, group, organizational, community, international, and system-level conflict.

Additionally, you will learn how to best manage conflicts — by refocusing energy and changing perspectives — and gain skills in analysis, negotiation, mediation, facilitation and dialogue to successfully resolve conflicts.

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Resolving complex issues with MS-CMR
Hear from three students about their experience with the Kroc School's Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR) program and what they intend to do with the skills they gained.

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 seemingly 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.

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The Outcome

You will emerge from the program with the following capabilities:

MS-CMR Course Curriculum
  • Facilitation
  • Negotiation
  • Mediation
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Coalition-building
  • Teamwork
  • Intercultural Competency
  • Stakeholder Mapping

Graduates have come from around the world and a wide range of disciplines including nonprofits, government agencies, advocacy organizations, the military, the arts, media, science, and education. This diversity of backgrounds provides a range of perspectives, encourages empathy, and stimulates creative problem solving. 

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

The MS-CMR program 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. 

Build the skills and knowledge to guide your colleagues and communities through conflict ethically and effectively.

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MS-CMR Professor Michael Fryer
Master conflict management and resolution with world-class faculty like Professor Michael Fryer. Professor Fryer is a practitioner specializing in the applied relationship between theory and practice. His research interests focus on grassroots peace leadership and resilience, the role of creativity and the arts in peacebuilding, and peace education. Listen to him discuss how he teaches in the classroom.