Curriculum

Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

Required courses

All students are required to take Negotiation and Theory:

Negotiation (ConRes 621) 3 credits Negotiation is the bedrock skill in this field. The course addresses the development of negotiation techniques and fosters student knowledge of the substantial body of negotiation theory.

Introductory Theory (ConRes 621) 3 credits This course examines the theories and assumptions underpinning the practice of negotiation and mediation. It identifies the major schools of thought that influence models in practice and shape research agendas. It examines theories critically, with three aims-uncovering implicit assumptions of practice, testing those assumptions against empirical evidence or other theories, and gleaning insights to assist practitioners.

Capstone Requirement

All students must choose one of the following options:

1. Integrative Seminar requires 1 course totaling 3 credits and substantial papers on selected topics

2. Master’s Project requires 3 courses totaling 9 credits and extensive research paper which will be presented at year end event.

3. Master's Thesis requires 3 courses totaling 9 credits and involves a major research project that is defended before a committee and must comply with Standards for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations promulgated by the Office of Graduate Studies.

ConRes Elective Course Options 

Elective courses offered in any given semester will vary. Following are some examples.  

Mediation Internship (ConRes 690) 6 credits Includes both a regular seminar and mediating under close faculty supervision in one of the small claims courts in Greater Boston. 

Cross-Cultural Conflict (ConRes 624) 3 credits This course emphasizes the special characteristics of conflict based in religious, ethnic, national, or racial identity-conflicts that the field calls "intractable." The primary focus of the course is on intervention techniques that have been used and that have been proposed for use in these settings.

Conflict Resolution Systems for Organizations (ConRes 625) 3 credits This course examines the analysis and design of different systems for managing conflict in a variety of settings including within a family, within an organization, or between nations, and criteria for measuring their effectiveness.

Advanced Intervention (ConRes 626) 3 Credits This course applies the principles of mediation and other forms of intervention to a particular context. The subject changes each semester; recent topics include:

Conflict in Workgroups (ConRes 636) 3 credits This course provides a deeper understanding of the dynamics of work groups, with an emphasis on processes of conflict within them, and teaches skills to deal constructively with intra- and inter- group conflict. 

Advanced Negotiation and Mediation (ConRes 603) 3 credits This course builds on the introductory courses and examines the resolution of conflict in different contexts. The subject changes each semester; recent topics include:

Any course offered in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance will automatically qualify for elective credit. Graduate courses taken in other UMass Boston graduate departments or at other universities may be accepted for transfer credit with prior approval of the Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution.  

Consider taking a class as a non-degree student.