M.A. in Conflict Resolution
Conflict at both intergroup and interpersonal levels is a dominant theme of the human condition in the twenty-first century. Numerous violent international conflicts persist in Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia, and the Middle East. At the domestic level, tensions and conflicts also extend along divisions based on religion, race, ethnicity, social class, culture, and language. Moreover given the increasing strain on the world's environment, conflict over limited resources such as water, is likely to increase. The need for conflict resolution practitioners and researchers is urgent, and likely to increase in the harsh economic climate ahead.
As a major research university steeped in Jesuit traditions and blessed with international reach and talent, Georgetown University is meeting this global and national need by developing additional strengths in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. With a long-standing tradition of promoting innovative research and practice to address conflicts around the world, the university has an outstanding cadre of faculty from across a multitude of disciplines. The work of these faculty and Georgetown students alike serves to empower researchers, policymakers, and practitioners with the knowledge and tools to advance more peaceful international relations. Furthermore, as an institution, Georgetown University is engaged with other organizations and individuals in the field through numerous initiatives including the US Afghan Women’s Council, the inter-faith dialogue Common Word Conference, and a partnership with the Parents Circle-Families Forum that gathers grassroots peacebuilders in Israel and Palestine.
Using the foundation of Georgetown’s considerable talents in government, psychology, business, law, and international relations, the Conflict Resolution Program has rapidly developed an impressive national and international reputation. Housed in the Department of Government, the two-year multidisciplinary Master of Arts program accepted its first cohort of students in the 2005-2006 academic year. In only its fifth year, the program is on track to achieve its initial vision of establishing a world-class conflict resolution program. The program is training the next generation of researchers and practitioners with the essential skills and multi-disciplinary knowledge to effectively analyze and intervene in the complex conflicts challenging the world. Investment in conflict resolution is the most humane, just, and cost-effective manner to deal with conflicts at both interpersonal and intergroup levels.
Students graduating from the program have established successful careers in government, non-governmental organizations, and private sector businesses.
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