MS in Conflict Management and Resolution Course Schedule

The Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR) is a 30-credit advanced degree program that can be completed in nine months of full-time coursework over two semesters (fall and spring) and the intersession (winter). The program is interdisciplinary and courses are carefully selected and sequenced to maximize learning. Courses are designed to build upon one another, with content and expectations compounding with each semester.

The MS in Conflict Management and Resolution program can be completed anytime within 6 consecutive years. Below are some sample course pathways:

Semester Course Number Course Title Units Notes

Fall Year 1

(13 units)

PJS550 Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3 Required
PJS553 Conflict Prevention and Intervention 3 Required
PJS556 International Negotiations 3 Required
  Elective 3 Elective
  Workshop #1 1 Required

Winter Intersession Year 1

(4 units)

  Practice and Professional Development Elective #1 3 Elective
  Workshop #2  1 Required

Spring Year 1

(13 units)

PJS576 Mediation 3 Required
PJS596 Individual Professional Project 3 Required
  Practice and Professional Development Elective #2 3 Elective
  Elective 3 Elective
  Workshop #3 1 Required
Total Units: 30

Electives are chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor. Please note that pathways above are samples and are subject to change. Courses listed may not be offered every year. 

Semester Course Number Course Title Units Notes

Fall Year 1

(10 units)

PJS550 Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3 Required
PJS553 Conflict Prevention and Intervention 3 Required
PJS556 International Negotiations 3 Required
  Workshop #1 1 Required

Spring Year 1

(10 units)

PJS576 Mediation 3 Required
  Practice and Professional Development Elective #1 3 Elective
  Elective  3 Elective
  Workshop #2 1 Required

Fall Year 2

(10 units)

 PJS596 Individual Professional Project 3 Required
  Practice and Professional Development Elective #2 3 Elective
  Elective 3 Elective
Total Units: 30

Electives are chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor. Please note that pathways above are samples and are subject to change. Courses listed may not be offered every year. 

Semester Course Number Core Title Units Notes

Fall Year 1

(7 units)

PJS550 Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3 Required
PJS553 Conflict Prevention and Intervention 3 Required
  Workshop #1 1 Required

Winter Intersession  Year 1

(3 units)

  Elective 3 Elective

Spring Year 1

(7 units)

 

 
PJS556 International Negotiations 3 Required
  Elective 3 Elective
  Workshop #1 1 Required

Fall Year 2

(6 units)

PSJ576 Mediation  3 Required
  Elective 3 Elective

Spring Year 2

(7 units)  

  Elective 3 Elective
  Elective 3 Elective
  Kroc School Portfolio 1 Required
Total Units: 30

Electives are chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor. Please note that pathways above are samples and are subject to change. Courses listed may not be offered every year. 


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The MS-CMR is an interdisciplinary program.  Given its condensed nature, courses are carefully selected and sequenced. Courses are designed to build upon one another, with content and expectations compounding with each term. The courses for the MS-CMR fall into four categories:

Theory & Analysis

Theory & Analysis (core courses), 6 units: Accurately diagnosing causes and drivers of conflict is essential to conflict management and resolution. What initiates a conflict, what escalates it, who is involved, and how it changes over time are all fundamental questions to be addressed in the theory and analysis courses. Students will learn the theoretical foundations of conflict studies and conflict cycles related to intergroup and large-scale conflicts. Courses will explore the academic literature on sources, drivers and dynamics of conflict and how to conduct stakeholder/systems mapping. This portion of the program serves to provide students with the “context” for conflicts, the “actors, processes, scales, and regions that inform, qualify, and enrich theory with specific causal mechanisms – the Who's, Wheres, and Hows."

Practice & Professional Development

Practice & Professional Development courses, 12 units: The MS-CMR is an applied program focused on building capabilities in conflict management and resolution.The majority of the coursework required for the degree is thus in the “Practice & Professional Development” component. The courses introduce students to methods of conflict resolution and capabilities for managing conflict, while giving them opportunities to apply them. Practice & Professional Development includes two core courses: 1) Mediation; 2) Negotiation, because they represent the two primary methods of conflict resolution accepted in the field.  Students are also required to select six units of practice-based elective courses from a pre-approved list in line with their own areas of professional interest.  These courses meet required practice standards, including simulations, mock-mediations/negotiations, organizational facilitation, etc.

Workshops

Workshops, 3 units: in addition to practice courses that prepare students for their professional journey, students are also required to take three workshops. These workshops are skills-based and designed to meet a specific learning outcome. 

Electives

Elective courses (pre-approved), 6 credits: Student electives outside of the practice & professional development areas are pre-approved by the Program Advisor and come from within the Kroc School as well as other disciplines.  These courses allow students to explore, in-depth, particular areas of conflict including ethnic, environmental, trans-border and interreligious conflict.

Program Culmination

Students will be required to complete an individual professional project (IPP) prior to graduation, 3 units.  The IPP will serve as the major output of the program—demonstrating the students’ application of program learning objectives to a project of their own choosing.  The IPP is developed over the entire program as part of a three-credit class. At the start of the MS program, students will begin to work with faculty to develop their project and determine courses/topics that will support their end product.  Students will determine their topic based on professional/academic interests and professional experience, e.g. trans-border conflict, human rights advocacy, environmental conflict, etc. 

Theory & Analysis
PJS 550Conflict Analysis and Resolution3
PJS 553Conflict Prevention and Intervention3
Practice & Professional Development
PJS 566International Negotiations3
PJS 576Mediation (Elective)3
Practice and Professional Development Electives6
Workshops3
PJS 596Individual Professional Project3
General Electives6
Total Units30