Life At S-CAR

Life At S-CAR

Diversity and Opportunity

S-CAR offers a rich and diversified student life experience, with multiple opportunities to become involved in conflict analysis and resolution activities, on campus and off.  Students are deeply engaged in pursuing activities related to their research, often joining with their peers and/or with faculty to run conferences, participate in working groups, doing interventions, writing joint publications and presentations, and other similar activities. Students have access to student lounges and several libraries, meeting and study rooms, and specialized research resources.

The S-CAR Community

S-CAR is the only program in the Field that offers all four degree granting programs: Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CAR) at the undergraduate level; the Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution; Graduate Certificate Programs in Conflict Analysis and Resolution; and the Ph.D in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. S-CAR also offers three other unique Masters degrees:  An international dual Masters Degree with the University of Malta, the Masters International Program with the PeaceCorps, and a dual Masters of Social Work and Conflict Analysis and Resolution.   Combined with the extended community of Alumni, distinguished Board Members, and Community Partners, S-CAR benefits from the diversity of backgrounds and experiences, educational interests, and national and international foci of their community members.

The diverse student population includes married individuals, people pursuing a second career, older students returning for a degree, full-time professionals, etc, alongside full-time students who have recently received a degree or are doing dual degrees.  Cultural diversity, including a significant international student presence, adds value to the discussions in the classroom. 


S-CAR Student Association

The S-CAR Student Association, referred to as "SA' is a student run organization dedicated to building and promoting community and advocating for student issues and rights.  Please see the "student organizations' link and other S-CAR opportunities, here.

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Student Life and Resources

George Mason University

Comprised of over 32,000 students and four campuses, George Mason University has been ranked in the top 150 best colleges by the U.S. News and World Report and in the top five of the  "Up and Coming" colleges to watch. 

Located in Fairfax, VA , and set on 677 acres, the main Fairfax campus predominantly hosts undergraduate student programs. New buildings interconnected by footpaths and public quads are nestled among wooded areas and small streams. S-CAR's Undergraduate degree program is housed on the Fairfax campus in the Northeast Module II building.

Originally located on the Fairfax campus, S-CAR's graduate program has established a new home on the Arlington Campus, a smaller (5.2 acre) urban campus located between two metro stations (Clarendon and Virginia Square-GMU- orange line).  Set approximately six miles from downtown Washington D.C., the campus hosts the Law School, the School for Public Policy and several other professional graduate level programs.  The Graduate Certificate Program, the Masters Programs and the Ph.D Program are housed in the Truland Building.

For more information about George Mason University click here


Campus Life

Many campus activities, buildings, and events are open to all students.  In addition to department and program offices offering specialized academic and social events for students, various student and official University organizations bring together students from different programs to meet socially or participate in campus issues. Campus-wide lectures provide opportunities for stimulating thought beyond specific disciplines while world-class theater, sports, and arts programs serve to augment student experiences. 

The Campuses also hosts a variety of student services and excellent resources. For more information, click here for Fairfax or here for Arlington

Additional Student Opportunities

For free tickets to world class theater, dance and music click here for the GMU Center for the Arts and here for the Hylton Center for the Arts.
For local student discounts in the Arlington area click here.
For local health centers with student discounts in the Arlington area click here.
For more information and resources for Mason students click here.

Living in D.C./ VA

While most undergraduate students live on campus or in and around Fairfax, VA, graduate students live in surrounding areas around Arlington, D.C, or Northern Virginia. With the richness of the nations' Capital at their doorstep, students often partake in the many offerings of life and culture in and around the D.C area including the many museums, festivals and shows, and the historic events unfolding around them. As a result, students construct their own lifestyles, reflecting the national and international cultural diversity of Metro DC.

S-CAR Annual Community Events

 Please join us for these annual events:

Summer Orientation (For CAR-Undergraduates) (May-August)

Fall Orientation (For All) (August/ September)

SA Student Welcome Picnic (August/September)

S-CAR Welcome Dinner (early September)

S-CAR Open House (October/November)

S-CAR Holiday Party (December)

Spring Orientation (For M.S., Certificate) (January)

Martin Luther King Service Day Project (January)

S-CAR Student Celebration of Acheivement Night (April)


Other traditional annual events to watch for:

The Lynch Lecture

The Undergraduate Student Conference

'Brown Bag' Lunch Seminar Series

The 'Dialogue and Difference'  Community Dialogue Program

Career Panels (Fall and Spring)

Peer Mediation Conference (Fall and Spring)

Working Group events

OneStudentry CAR  University Consortium Conference

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