Degree Requirements

The Conflict Resolution curriculum at Georgetown is rigorous and comprehensive; core courses introduce the theoretical and practical skills, while a wide range of elective courses are available to CR students to help them develop a concentration and to develop skills specific to their individual interests. In order to complete the program, students will complete 40 credits, 25 of which are electives drawn from across the multitude of courses offered across the university. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of speakers, events, and workshops both on campus and in Washington, D.C. 

Core Courses

  • GOVT-580: Introduction to Conflict Resolution Theory
  • GOVT-581: Conflict Resolution Skills
  • GOVT- 579: Research Design & Conflict Resolution
  • MGMT-671: Applied Negotiations
  • PSYC-498: Intergroup Relations
  • GOVT- 596: Conflict Resolution Capstone

In their first year of study, full-time students are expected to take  GOVT-579, GOVT-580, and GOVT-581 in the fall semester and PSYC-498 and MGMT-671 in the spring semester.  The capstone course, GOVT-596, is taken the spring semester of the second year of coursework. 

Electives (Directed and General, 25 credits)

Directed Electives are graduate-level courses that address conflict resolution; the origins/nature of conflict; mediation; post-conflict development; or peacebuilding. Students may take Directed Electives in programs across campus, provided the program approves. General Electives are graduate-level courses that relate to the student’s individual interests and career goals. Ideally, General Electives help a student develop a concentration. One elective course must focus on a specific region of the world.  Students are also required to take a one-credit skills course


With the assistance of a faculty adviser, students are encouraged to develop an area of concentration that best suits their interests and goals. Concentrations can be geographical, thematic, or a combination of the two.

Students may also develop a concentration through one of four certificate programs offered through the School of Foreign Service:

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.

Independent Study/Directed Tutorials

Two types of Directed Tutorials are available to CR students: Internship for Credit and Independent Study. Either tutorial can substitute one three-credit General Electives. Students interested in pursuing a thesis or directed tutorial should consult with the CR Program Coordinator and/or their faculty adviser.

Foreign Language Requirement

All students must pass the Government Department’s language proficiency exam prior to graduating. Language scholarships are available to assist students in preparing for the exam.