Insights and Skills for Managing Conflict
UMass Boston was among the first to offer graduate programs in the critical areas of international conflict, conflict management. and dispute resolution. Since 1986, nearly 1000 students from North and South America, eastern and western Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East have participated in our programs.
The UMass Boston Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution are designed to provide students with the ability to understand and intervene effectively in conflict situations. Students learn about the causes, dynamics, and consequences of conflict in different settings. The programs benefit students from such varied fields as business, education, elder care, environmental sciences, public policy, health care, human resources, labor relations, law and law enforcement, ministry, and both public and private sector management.
The programs are especially useful to:
- mid-career professionals for whom negotiating and handling conflict is a major part of their working lives, as well as those wishing to make a career shift into conflict resolution, and
- recent graduates planning a career dealing with conflict management and resolution.
Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution
The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program is a two-year, interdisciplinary, professional degree program with afternoon, evening, and weekend classes to accommodate working professionals. It is designed to allow students and professionals to explore the practice, design, and evaluation of a variety of conflict management and resolution applications, and allows for in-depth investigation of conflict in specific settings. The program offers concentrations in organizational conflict and international conflict.
Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution
The Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution offer a range of concentrations leading to a variety of graduate certificate options. The certificate programs (with the exception of the dual-specialization options) can be completed in one year (two semesters) of part-time study. Dual-specialization options can be completed in one year of full-time study or three semesters of part-time study. Classes are scheduled in the late afternoons, evenings, and on weekends, to accommodate working professionals.