M.A. in Conflict Resolution

We train the next generation of peace professionals.

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Facilitate Change through Advanced Peace & Conflict Studies

Georgetown University’s Master’s in Conflict Resolution will prepare you to resolve conflict in a turbulent world through advanced training that combines theoretical rigor and hands-on skills. You’re taught by top practitioners in the theory and practice of understanding conflict and peace. Standing on Georgetown’s Jesuit identity and commitment to social justice, our experiential learning focus means you’ll delve into the nature of conflict and how peace is achieved and sustained. We welcome students to the Master’s in Conflict Resolution program with an interdisciplinary background at all career stages to join us on a transformative journey toward impactful conflict management and resolution.

Skills for Professional Application
Develop skills in negotiation, mediation and facilitation while learning conflict management, resolution and transformation.
Develop Expertise Through Experience
Collaborate on projects with partner organizations and expand your experience through our Practicum and Summer Field Fellowship.
Access DC & Build a Network in the Field
Individualized mentorship will prepare you to take advantage of Georgetown’s access to organizations and networks in DC. 

Application Deadline

Fall Entry Deadline
January 15

Curriculum that Integrates Fundamentals & Creative Problem Solving

Our conflict resolution curriculum equips you with the skills and knowledge to manage complex real-world challenges, preparing you for a successful career in navigating conflict and peace. With a pedagogy focused on community-based learning, you will blend academics, skill-building and experiences, such as the field fellowship and the research project with a professional organization partner, to develop a deep understanding of conflict resolution processes. The 34-credit program includes key skills and experiential training sequences so you can translate theory into practice. The program is designed to be completed on a full-time schedule, but you can explore flexible scheduling with our leadership team.

Gain Hands-On Experience

  • Our Summer Field Fellowship is a global, field-based, program-supported experience.
  • The required dialogue skills sequence includes training in negotiation, mediation and facilitation. 
  • An optional certification in mediation is available.
  • The practicum capstone is a two-semester, practice-based project.
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Putting Your Knowledge into Practice

Graduates of the Conflict Resolution Master’s program are sought after by government, academic, private sector and international organizations. Focusing on humanitarian aid, peacebuilding and international development, they excel in program management, research, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, mediation and facilitation. Top employment sectors include government, higher education, private sector, non-governmental and community-based organizations.

Meet Our Faculty: Leaders in the Field

Katherine Collin

Katy Collin, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor & Program Director

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Desh Girod, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Frank Vogl
Adjunct Professor

What Makes Us Unique

Our program stands out for integrating social justice and conflict resolution across domestic and global interests. Situated in Washington, DC, we benefit from unparalleled access to key resources, industry events and networks, making the academic journey even more impactful for our students. Through individual mentoring, a close-knit community ethos and robust networking opportunities, we offer a personalized approach that sets us apart from larger programs.

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Make an impact on a global scale or in your local community by embarking on an enriching journey in conflict resolution through our M.A. in Conflict Resolution.

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