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George Mason University
    George Mason University
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Phone: 703-993-1300
College Code: CA


Kevin Avruch, Dean
Julie Shedd, Associate Dean for Administration
Terrence Lyons, PHD Program Director
Agnieszka Paczynska, MS Program Director
Mara Schoeny, Graduate Certificate Program Director
Mara Schoeny, Undergraduate Program Director


Professors: Avruch, Cobb, Gopin, Hirsch, Jeong, Rothbart, Rubenstein, Sandole

Associate professors: Allen, Dwyer, Korostelina, Lyons, Maulden, Paczynska, Schoeny, Simmons

Assistant professors: Firchow, Flores, Lopez Bunyasi, Romano, Shedd

Research professors: Price, Stanton

Affiliate faculty: Baily, Baker, Boileua, Burt, Carton, Cioffi-Revilla, Dale, Deshmukh, Diamond, Dukes, Eby, Geller, Goldstone, Gusterson, Haddad, Hamrin, Heineman-Peiper, Johnston, Katz, Kelly, Kurtz, Mandaville, Mantz, McFerson,  McGlinchey, Montville, Murdock, Oren, Osman, Paden, Pirio, Pruitt, Reinert, Schwartzstein, Scimecca, Seligmann, Sklarew, Stanton, Thatchenkery, Thurston, Tolchin, Trencher, Waters, Wedel

Emeritus faculty: Cheldelin, Mitchell, Sluzki


The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) offers all courses designated CONF in the Courses  section of this catalog.

Undergraduate Programs

Phone: 703-993-4165
Location: Fairfax Campus

Mara Schoeny, Undergraduate Program Director.

Conflict Analysis and Resolution offers students a BA, a BS, or a minor in an interdisciplinary social science field with practical applications. Conflict analysis and resolution is committed to analyzing the sources and dynamics of conflict and the means for resolution toward lasting peace. Conflict resolution students take a series of core courses that provide a background in conflict theory, analysis, and conflict resolution skills. All conflict analysis and resolution majors also choose an area of concentration. There are six concentrations: Building Peace in Divided Societies, Global Engagement, Political and Social Action, Justice and Reconciliation, Interpersonal Dynamics, and Collaborative Leadership.  After selecting a concentration, students choose courses from units throughout the university that relate to the concentration and their areas of interest. The major also requires three credits of field experience in the form of an internship, a service-learning, independent research, or study abroad.

Graduate Programs

Phone: 703-993-1300
Location: Arlington Campus

PhD Program

Terrence Lyons, PhD Program Director

The PhD program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the first of its kind in the United States, provides advanced study for students in the fields of conflict and conflict resolution. Students are prepared for careers as researchers, theoreticians, and teachers in higher education, and as policy administrators, analysts, and consultants in the public and the private sectors. The program stresses a close link between knowledge of theory and process in the resolution of conflict. For this, training in the methods of research and analysis is emphasized. In addition, students are expected to obtain a background in a substantive area of conflict, usually related to the topic of the dissertation.

MS Program

Agnieszka Paczynska, MS Program Director

The MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution is a professional program that prepares students for practice and further academic work by integrating conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical techniques. Participants study the theory, methods, and ethical perspectives of the field, and apply this knowledge in laboratory simulations and workshops, internships, and field practice. Graduates work in a variety of settings where conflict resolution is useful and interest groups are in conflict with current and emergent public policy. Examples are businesses, unions, government agencies, religious groups, court systems, educational institutions, community centers, international relief and development organizations, and consulting firms. 

Graduate Certificates

Mara Schoeny, Certificate Program Director

Four graduate certificate programs are administered by S-CAR. Each of these one-year, 15-credit programs is specifically tailored to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to their focused areas of work. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, the certificate programs integrate conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical technique. These programs use intensive course sessions, lecture, seminar, and applied mentored learning in real and simulated situations to prepare students to use conflict analysis and resolution approaches in their work in a variety of fields.

Academic Policies

Students should become familiar with the university’s general academic policies in addition to those specific to each academic unit.  Please see the Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

Transfer Students

Admitted and enrolled transfer students who have completed an AA, AS, or AA&S degree from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and have been offered admission to Mason by the Office of Admissions may be eligible for a waiver of all George Mason University’s Mason Core  requirements in accordance with the Guaranteed Admission Agreement. Students eligible for this waiver are still required by the university to complete ENGH 302 - Advanced Composition  and a synthesis course.

Transfer students who have been offered admission under the terms of the Guaranteed Admission Agreement and are pursuing a BA are considered to have met all school requirements except for proficiency in a foreign language.

Students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution who are pursuing a BA in this school are considered to have met all school requirements except for proficiency in a foreign language.

Appeal of Decisions

The policies of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution are designed to be consistent, equitable, and transparent.  Our office strives to be thorough, timely, and open to answer any questions students may have regarding our decisions and/or the process through which they were reached.  Students seeking clarification and explanation of the decision should request an appointment with the S-CAR Program Director to discuss their concerns.

Students have the right to appeal decisions regarding requests for academic actions.  This step can only be taken after a request to meet with the Program Director.  Students who wish to pursue an appeal after this meeting should do so only if they can provide sufficient and compelling reasons for their initial claim to be reconsidered.  Such reasons include newly available documentation, proof of an irregularity in procedures, proof of inequity or inconsistency, or consequences so serious that further review is warranted.  A student’s dissatisfaction or disagreement with the decision does not constitute sufficient reason for a decision to be changed.  Appeals are first reviewed by the Program Director.  If denied, the appeal is forwarded to the S-CAR Dean.  The decision of the S-CAR Dean is the final decision of the School.

If the appeal is a case involving a school-level policy, the Dean serves as the final point of appeal.  If the appeal involves university level policies, students must first complete the school-level appeal process before appealing to the Provost’s Office.


Undergraduate Degree(s)

Undergraduate Minor(s)

Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Program(s)

Dual Degree(s)

Master's Degree(s)

Master's Level Certificate(s)

Doctoral Degree(s)