Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Conflict Analysis and Resolution, M.S.
The Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, offered by the Institute
for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, is a two-year professional program that
prepares students for practice and further academic work by integrating conflict
analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical technique. Students study
the theory, methods, and ethical perspectives of the field and apply this knowledge
in laboratory simulations and workshops, internships, and field practica. Graduates
of the program work in a variety of settings where conflict resolution is usefulbusinesses,
unions, government agencies, religious groups, court systems, educational institutions,
community centers, international relief and development organizations, conflict
resolution consulting firms, and where interest groups are in conflict with current
and emergent public policy.
In addition to meeting all admission requirements for graduate study, an applicant
to the M.S. program must submit the following:
1. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
2. Three letters of recommendation, one of which should
be from a faculty member in the applicant's undergraduate or graduate major field
3. A four- to five-page essay stating the applicant's
goals and reasons for seeking admission to the program
The GRE or other standardized test is not required, but may be submitted. The
TOEFL is required for foreign students. See Admission of International Students
in the Admission Chapter.
Background courses in the social sciences, as well as prior work experience,
are desirable. Prior graduate academic work is evaluated on an individual basis
for possible transfer credit and fulfillment of program requirements; normally,
the university does not permit any reduction in the total credits required for
the degree. Although students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, entry
into the program is in the fall semester only.
A total of 41 credits is required: 15 credits are required core courses, 15
credits are selectives (students can choose from a defined list), and 11 credits
are electives (students may choose appropriate graduate courses that expand their
education relevant to their areas of interest). The choice of electives can vary
significantly according to each student's individual goals or needs., Each student,
therefore, should develop a program of study that should be discussed once each
semester with his/her advisor and updated as appropriate.
Students take 15 credits of required course work.
These courses are usually offered in the fall semester:
- CONF 501 Overview of the field of conflict analysis and resolution
- CONF 610 Introduction to research
- CONF 713 Introduction to application at the interpersonal and small group
Courses usually offered in the spring semester:
- CONF 601 Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution
- CONF 642 Integration of Theory and Practice
Students take 15 credits of selective course work.
Students must select at least 2 courses (6 credits) from the following list:
- CONF 720, 730, or 740 Introduction to areas of study
- CONF 701, 702, 709, 802, 803 Advanced theory
- CONF 703, 714, 715 Advanced practice
- CONF 611 Advanced research
Students must complete 2 courses (6 credits) of integrative work:
- CONF 690 Practicum in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- CONF 694 Internship
- CONF 697 Directed Reading
- CONF 799 Master's Thesis
Students must complete 11 credits of relevant elective course work. ICAR
supports three primary areas of study:
1. 72X series: Courses numbered 72X focus on conflict related
to diversity, cultural, and regional issues.
2. 73X series: Courses numbered 73X focus on aspects of structural
or institutional conflict.
3. 74X series: Courses numbered 74X focus on practice and application
of conflict analysis and resolution to various situations.
Once students have taken CONF 720, 730, or 740, they may construct plans of
study that cross these emphases and may choose approved graduate courses from
related disciplines. CONF 695 and CONF 795 may be repeated for credit as electives.
Courses not used in the selective blocks may be used as electives.
Only two directed readings (CONF 697) may be applied toward requirements
for a master's degree.
Internship. ICAR's internship option is available throughout the academic
year to M.S. and Ph.D. students as three-credit-hour elective opportunities to
experientally apply theory to practice. With the assistance of ICAR's Internship
Coordinator, students locate suitable organizations or other opportunities "in
the field" where they can assist site supervisors in relevant aspects of
conflict analysis and resolution. Frequently, this takes place where public agencies
have formulated or intend to formulate policies that one or more segments of the
population are in conflict with. Although internships can be done throughout the
year, enrollment occurs only during the summer term (CONF 694). Additional
Information on ICAR Field Opportunities and Internships can be found in the ICAR
APT. The Applied Practice and Theory (APT) program is a six-credit course
running yearlong. It is designed to take the concepts presented in class and practiced
in labs into real situations with conflict and consequences. Students work in
teams integrating research and practice with theory development and applied ethics.