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Many potential students get to know our programs by enrolling to take a single course with us. This is a great way to "sample" the programs before applying. It lets you assess if the content of the program meets your goals and interests, and if the structure of the program is manageable given your other commitments. 

If you take a course as a non-degree student, earn a grade of B or better, and later enroll in one of our degree programs the credits earned will be counted towards your degree. All course options would count towards either the International Relations or a Conflict Resolution degree.

These are 3-credit graduate level courses, and require that students have completed a BA in order to enroll.  For information regarding non-degree registration please visit the registrar's office. 

Course fees for spring 2015 (for 3 credit course) were approximately $1877.85 for residents of Massachusetts and $.3,636.75 for non-residents. Contact the UMass Boston Bursar’s office for updated information.

All course options count towards either the International Relations or a Conflict Resolution degree if you go on to become a matriculated student in our program

Registration will begin in June.  If you are interested, please complete the Non Degree Enrollment Request Form and we will forward you registration instructions at a later date.

fall 2015 non degree course options:


ConRes 621:  Intstructor TBD

Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:15 PM  W-2-125 course #1141

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 that is now available.


Cross Cultural Conflict

ConRes 624: with Jeff Pugh

Tuesdays 5:30 – 8:15 in room M-3-0440; course #6344

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.


Theories of Conflict Resolution

ConRes 623: with Jeff Pugh

Thursdays 6 - 8:30 PM in room W-3-125 course #1142

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.



Global Health  and Development: Concepts, Policies, and Practice

GGHS 716: with Courtenay Sprague

Tuesdays 4:00 - 6:30 PM in room H10-0025D Class # 6354

The course examines the evolution, key concepts and practice of global health as an emergent field. It is concerned with engaging and exploring the dominant themes, key relationships, and central questions that radiate from the trans-disciplinary field of global health. The aim is for students to critically engage the global public health questions and concerns introduced in the course. Students will apply analytical thinking skills to understand a range of global public health and development problems and trends, implications, and responses.


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