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Master's Program

Leading the field in research and practice.

Earning a Master's degree from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a leader in the field. The Masters of Science curriculum offers a comprehensive study of a wide variety of conflict types and prepares students for research and intervention that can mitigate, resolve, and potentially prevent negative relations between parties. 

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School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution graduate courses are taught at the Arlington Campus.​

You will submit all items required for the application through your application portal. Admissions requirements include:

  • A completed Online Application for Graduate Study.
  • The goals statement should answer the question: "How has your past experienced prepared you to engage in conflict, and how will this program equip you for your future?" There is no length requirement.
  • The two letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically. Provide the name and contact information of your references, and a link will be emailed to them to submit their letters online.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent must be verified from official transcripts.
  • A 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or better in baccalaureate study. If you don't meet this requirement, you could be accepted provisionally.
  • The application will require you to submit unofficial transcripts. In addition, two official copies of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended are also required. Transcripts must be in sealed, unopened envelopes to be considered official.
  • A GRE score is not required, but may be submitted.

*Applicants with international credentials will need to submit additional items

Send transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
George Mason University
4400 University Drive MSN 4C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

Application deadlines:​

  • Spring 2019
    • Priority: November 15, 2018 *deadline extension*
    • Standard: December 1, 2018
  • Fall 2019
    • Priority: February 1, 2019
    • Standard: March 15, 2019

*please apply by the funding date if you desire to be considered for funding

*applications will be accepted after the deadline on a space available basis

Master's Program Cohorts

Master of Science Online

If you are interested in our program but are not able to commit to an on campus environment, our online Master of Science program is for you.

This program will be completely online with the exception of a required one-week residency course that is held on our Arlington, VA campus, usually during the month of May. Students classified as out of state for domicile purposes receive a discounted tuition rate of $750 per credit hour for this program. 

You will submit all items required for the application through your application portal. These requirements include:

  • A completed Online Application for Graduate Study.
  • The goals statement should answer the question: "How has your past experienced prepared you to engage in conflict, and how will this program equip you for your future?" There is no length requirement.
  • The two letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically. Provide the name and contact information of your references, and a link will be emailed to them to submit their letters online.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent must be verified from official transcripts.
  • A 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or better in baccalaureate study. If you don't meet this requirement, you could be accepted provisionally.
  • The application will require you to submit unofficial transcripts. In addition, two official copies of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended are also required. Transcripts must be in sealed, unopened envelopes to be considered official.
  • A GRE score is not required, but may be submitted.

*Applicants with international credentials will need to submit additional items

Application deadlines:​
  • Spring 2019
    • Priority: October 15, 2018
    • Standard: November 30, 2018
  • Fall 2019
    • Priority: February 1, 2019
    • Standard: March 15, 2019

*please apply by the funding date if you desire to be considered for funding

*applications will be accepted after the deadline on a space available basis

Dual Degree with Master of Social Work

We offer this option in partnership with the College of Health and Human Services. You'll be advised collaboratively. Admission requirements for this 3-year program include:

  • A completed Online Application (one application; designate Social Work as the primary program).
  • The application will require you to submit unofficial transcripts. In addition, two official copies of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended are also required.
  • Résumé/CV
  • Goals statement. This must address your interest in both programs.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • In addition, the MSW program includes a logical reasoning question and an applicant data form. Check Dual Degree on the MSW checklist and applicant data form.
Application deadline:
  • Fall 2019: January 15, 2019

*application review for this program will continue on a space available basis

You must be accepted to both programs at the same time (fall semester admission), complete the courses as outlined in the curriculum beginning in the Fall, and graduate with both degrees at the same time. Students who are already enrolled in either program are not eligible to complete the dual degree.

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