M.A. in Conflict Resolution

We train the next generation of professional peace practitioners.

M.A. in Conflict Resolution students, class of 2019

The Georgetown M.A. in Conflict Resolution prepares students to resolve conflict in a turbulent world.

Our world-class program includes a theoretically rigorous core curriculum, skills taught by top practitioners with a focus on negotiation, mediation and facilitation, and practice through an experiential learning series. Our curriculum explores the nature of conflict and how peace is made, built and sustained. Building on Georgetown’s commitment to social justice, the program supports our students’ focus at local, national, and global levels.  

A core principle of our program is Utraque Unum, Latin for “both into one,” and Georgetown’s motto. Utraque Unum represents our drive to reconcile, to use conflict as an opportunity to bring together diverse points of view and create greater strength through understanding.

Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution program condemns state violence against citizens, structural violence, systemic oppression and white supremacy. We support the demands of citizens and our students for individual and systemic accountability for violations of human rights. 

In the United States, the commission and tolerance of state violence against Black communities and other marginalized and vulnerable communities are failures of democracy and governance.

The program champions peacebuilding and conflict transformation. We will continue to center justice, liberation and dialogue as routes to and characteristics of positive peace.

Conflict Resolution Program Statement of Solidarity,
June 2020

Recent Public Scholarship

Program Director Desha Girod, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Irish President Mary Robinson, former Governor of California Jerry Brown and Executive Director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Rachel Bronson at a January 2020 event.
Left: Al Jazeera’s The Stream host Femi Oke with Christine Pelosi. Right: Poet Sadiya Bashir, activist Noura Erakat, activist Christine Pelosi, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. Sadiya Bashir. Christine Pelosi and journalist Patty Culhane. Journalist, 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones at a January 2020 event.
Program Director Desha Girod with Ambassador Barbara Bodine at a spring 2020 Fireside Chat.
Professor Lise Howard facilitates a lecture by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix
Program founder Professor Lise Howard and Under Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix at a fall 2019 event.