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 34 credits, 15 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- 579: Applied Research Methods for Conflict Resolution
  • GOVT 519: Applied Negotiations
  • GOVX 519: Mediation
  • GOVX ###: Facilitation
  • GOVT- 596: Conflict Resolution Practicum I
  • GOVT ###: Conflict Resolution Practicum II
  • GOVT ###: Intersections 

Students are required to take Conflict Resolution Theory, Applied Research Methods for Conflict Resolution and Mediation in their first semester. In the spring, they are required to take the first section of the Conflict Resolution Practicum, Facilitation, and Applied Negotiations. Over the summer, students will take Intersections which is an integrated summer fieldwork course. 

Electives (Conflict Resolution, General and regional, 18 credits)

Conflict Resolution electives (6 credits) are graduate-level courses  that address conflict resolution; the origins/nature of conflict; mediation; post-conflict development; or peacebuilding. Students may take Conflict Resolution electives in programs across campus, provided the program approves. General Electives (6 credits)  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 (3 credits) must focus on a specific region of the world.  Students are also required to take three one-credit skills courses hosted by the Department of Government. 


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 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.