George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Graduate Programs
3434 Washington Blvd, Suite 5000
Arlington, VA 22201

Program Overview

This 33-credit professional program prepares students for practice and further academic work to promote peace and facilitate conflict resolution. Our alumni work in government agencies, international peacebuilding, humanitarian and development organizations, private businesses, unions, community centers, educational institutions and other settings where conflict analysis and resolution skills are in demand. Students study theory, methods and ethical perspectives of the peace and conflict studies field and apply this knowledge in simulations, workshops, field practice, and internships. Students may enter the MS program in either the fall or the spring. Students can study either part-time or full-time, with many classes offered online. Students may choose to enroll in the program fully online. Students may also add a graduate certificate.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

What makes the MS program at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution innovative and unique?

  • Concentrations allow students shape their own course of study to match their professional goals:
    • Social Justice Advocacy and Activism
    • Dynamics of Violence
    • Inclusive Conflict Engagement
    • Conflict Sensitive Development and Resilience
    • Media, Narrative, and Public Discourse
    • Individualized
  • Students hone their research and practice skills through local and international field-based courses.
  • Students work closely with faculty who are engaged in innovative scholarship and practice in peace and conflict studies.
  • Experiential and project-based learning allows students to explore and reflect on the complexity of conflicts and the challenges of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
  • By engaging with real world problems, student learn how to identify and select appropriate practices as advocates, scholars, analysts, conflict resolution practitioners and peacebuilders.
  • Students acquire a solid grounding in theory and practice and learn the newest ideas in the peace and conflict studies field.
  • Centers, Programs and Projects housed at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution allow students to engage with faculty and each other through research and practice projects on peace, conflict and conflict resolution.
  • Small, dialogue-based seminars allow students to work closely with faculty.

An accelerated master's option is available to students in the bachelor's program.


S-CAR's location in Arlington, Virginia, just four metro stops from downtown Washington, D.C., allows students to take advantage of the many resources of the nation's capital. They include internships in federal, state and local government offices, non-governmental organizations, advocacy networks, international organizations, and the private sector. Alumni living in the region and other parts of the world provide students with additional opportunities for networking and collaboration. Employment opportunities could include:

  • Aga Khan Foundation
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Community Building Institute
  • District of Columbia Mayor's Office on Community Relations
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Human Trafficking Institute
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism
  • Saferworld
  • Save the Children
  • Search for Common Ground
  • United Nations
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
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