Applied Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Why This Degree?

Conflict is an inherent dimension of human interaction, ranging from disputes over resources or disagreements among family and friends to acts of terrorism and policies reinforcing inequality. If it is not addressed properly, conflict can be expressed violently and generate disastrous consequences.

One possible antidote lies in the multidisciplinary concentration of Applied Conflict Analysis and Resolution, which provides students with a broad theoretical perspective for understanding the complex nature of conflict while building practical skills focused on the prevention, management, settlement, resolution, and transformation of conflict and violence.

This concentration:

  • Builds on your current skills to ensure your competitiveness in the region’s growing workforce.
  • Maximizes your accumulated credits and ‘life credits.’
  • Develops key career skills, such as critical thinking, written and oral communication, interpersonal collaboration, and problem solving through its interactive and engaging curriculum. Students can focus on interpersonal, community and organizational, or international conflicts.
  • Prepares you for careers such as education, counseling, management, law enforcement, the military, diplomacy, and other public policy positions in state or federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or non-profit organizations.
  • Courses are taught by outstanding Mason faculty and have flexible scheduling options offered at the Fairfax campus.


Please refer to the University Catalog to view the curriculum for this concentration.

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