Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution requires 34 credit-hours of coursework. Full time students can complete these requirements with four consecutive semesters of classes, including a summer of fieldwork.
The Conflict Resolution curriculum at Georgetown is rigorous. Core courses introduce theoretical and practical skills. The wide range of elective courses help conflict resolution students develop, explore, and deepen knowledge in areas of individual interest.
The Program offers an unparalleled array of useful and specific skills taught by practitioners at the top of their fields. Negotiation, mediation, and facilitation skills are emphasized throughout.
Practice, application, and engagement anchor the curriculum. Students follow a 3-semester series of practical courses and graduate with experience and know-how.
Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution is small, specialized, and skill-based. Students have the advantages of an active learning community, cutting-edge research faculty, and the top practitioners of the field. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of speakers, events, and workshops both on campus and in Washington, D.C.
- Introduction to Conflict Resolution Theory
- Applied Research Methods for Conflict Resolution
- Applied Negotiations
- Conflict Resolution Practicum: Parts I & II
Full-time students should expect to follow this degree sequence.
Students are required to take Conflict Resolution Theory, Applied Research Methods for Conflict Resolution and Mediation in their first semester.
In the spring, students take the first section of the Conflict Resolution Practicum, Facilitation, and Applied Negotiations.
Over the summer, students do their Summer Field Fellowship. This is accompanied by Intersections which integrates the fellowship work with the curriculum. Students return to campus and take Applied Research Methods for Conflict Resolution.
In the final semester, students conclude the core curriculum with the second Practicum course.
Students are required to take 2 Conflict Resolution electives, 2 General electives, and 1 area or region-specific elective.
Conflict Resolution electives are graduate-level courses that address conflict resolution, the origins and nature of conflict, mediation, post-conflict development, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. Students may take Conflict Resolution electives in programs across campus, given program approval. General Electives are graduate-level courses that relate to students’ individual interests and career goals.
Students may opt to write a master’s thesis. The thesis should be researched and written in the final semester of study.
Elective courses offered by the Conflict Resolution program in 2019/2020 include:
Corruption, Conflict and Security
Criminal Law and Conflict Resolution
Development Responses to Political Violence
Environment and Conflict Resolution
Gender, International Security and Development
Governance and Special Operations
Growth and Extremism in Africa
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Latin America
Politics of Human Rights in Latin America
Rule of Law
Students are also required to take one-credit skills courses. Skills courses are generally weekend-intensive courses that focus on a particular set of skills or a deep-dive into a particular subject. These courses are taught by top practitioners in their fields.
Over the summer term, our master’s students work in a field-based, program-funded fellowship. Placements can be international or domestic.
The experience offers students opportunities to engage in relevant practice and apply skills learned during their studies. All students receive a summer stipend to assist in the conduct of this fieldwork. Students are prepared for the experience through assistance in finding and selecting the internship as well as targeted skills training when applicable.
Summer fellows take an asynchronous, on-line course organized in partnership with the Center for Social Justice. The course directs reflection and skills-building that wraps around their practicum anywhere around the world. Intersections students ask ethical questions and apply social justice theories to real-world issues in virtual collaboration with a tight-knit learning cohort. Including this type of learning experience allows students to identify in real-time the application of conflict resolution skills and principles. Doing this in partnership with a cohort deepens learning by providing a global comparative experience.
Upon return to the program, summer fellows present their work to the program and participate in debriefing sessions that seek to synthesize their learning over the summer.
The summer field fellowship is more than an internship. The Conflict Resolution program seeks to apply principles of reciprocity, social justice, and partnership to our placements. We hope to build partnerships with organizations over time that will allow our students to serve and learn
All students in the program must demonstrate they have completed substantial foreign language training prior to completing the program. Students may take language classes at Georgetown to meet the requirement and qualify for tuition assistance from the Graduate School for courses in the introductory and intermidiate range. The full foreign language policy is in the Department’s MA Programs Handbook.
Students may also earn an area-studies or thematic certificate offered to Georgetown graduate students. Examples of these include:
- African Studies
- Arab Studies
- Asian Studies
- East European and Eurasian Studies
- Refugees and Humanitarian Studies
The coursework for these certificates also count toward a student’s progress in the CR Program; however, students are responsible for tracking their own progress toward certificate completion.