MSCM Program Description
Conflict Management education addresses the issues that divide our world by encouraging communication, fostering positive relationships and developing comprehensive, long-term solutions. It enhances the safety and vitality of group our families, communities and workplaces.
Conflict management is also a set of tools and a way of thinking that can help not only prevent conflict, but effectively engage it once it arises. Conflict management education teaches the various ways people choose to react when confronted with conflict situations and the effect of those reactions on potential outcomes. Studying conflict is really about learning skills which can provide the ability to respond in ways that help prevent and manage conflict by reducing ineffective responses.
The primary objective of the MSCM is to produce students who:
- Understand the nature of conflict from the perspective of multiple disciplines.
- Understand the continuum of responses to conflict.
- Possess the necessary skills to facilitate the management of various types of conflict.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze and research conflict in an organizational environment.
- Demonstrate the ability to design conflict intervention procedures and strategies appropriate to a particular situation or environment.
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the efficacy of a given intervention or system of interventions.
- Successfully participate in conflict management on a particular level in one or more specific environments.
The Master’s program prepares students to identify and pursue opportunities for a new career based on conflict management expertise. The MSCM also provides students with enhanced credentials to pursue career advancement in an existing work environment.
The Cohort Environment and Executive Modular Format
The MSCM operates a Cohort learning model for the study of conflict, admitting a limited number of students to each incoming group each fall.
Taking classes with the same group of students from program start to finish creates a unique and enriching learning environment.Cohort peers challenge one another and share insights from their respective diverse professional backgrounds to contribute to classroom learning.
In a typical MSCM Cohort, over 20 undergraduate academic backgrounds are represented, several students already hold an advanced degree, approximately 20% of the students are international (often having come to us directly from a conflict zone), and multiple languages and ethnicities are represented. Such diversity in the classroom provides opportunities for enriching dialogue and discussion.
The MSCM program is a full-time, 16-month graduate course of study, but caters to professionals' schedules. Classes are held every other weekend, Friday from 3-8 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.
The Cohort takes one class at a time for a total of 9 credit hours each semester. For example, students complete the Conflict Theory course in 2.5 weekends, and then progress to the next course, Negotiation Theory.
Kennesaw State Master of Science in Conflict Management faculty members are quite diverse in their research and practice areas, including environmental, public policy, international, court-related, workplace, non-profit arenas and more. Our faculty facilitates lively discussion and interaction in the classroom, and link theory to practice by using "real-life" examples of their work, and involve students in projects of research and practice whenever possible.
In addition, the MSCM builds in over 100 hours of applied skills-training clinics into the curriculum. These clinics provide students the opportunity to further translate theory into practice. MSCM students are afforded the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in conflict work in either a domestic or international setting through the Field Experience course in the final semester.
Domestic options for this trip provide the opportunity to travel to a conference, training or cross-cultural experience. Past options for this trip have included attending the Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution Conference, visiting conflict management offices in Washington, D.C., and Ombuds training.
International options in the past have included visiting the UN School for Peace in Costa Rica, attending classes at the European Peace Institute in Stadtschlaining, Austria, a cross-cultural trip to Egypt, an ADR-focused trip to Barbados, a study of the Middle East conflict in Israel and Palestine, and studying "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Details regarding trip options for each Cohort are made available during the second semester of the program. The domestic options are generally 4-5 days in length, and the international trips are usually 7-10 days.
To be considered for admission to the MSCM program, applicants must complete the electronic Application for Graduate Admission and submit the following supporting documents by the priority deadline March 1, 2017 or the final deadline July 1, 2017:
Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses must be submitted. This must include an official transcript for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
2. Official Test Score
Test Score: Applicants must submit a test score of 280 (new scoring system) or 800 (old scoring system) on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (verbal, quantitative) and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section of the General Test; 475 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT); or 151 on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
*Test requirements are waived for applicants who have earned an advanced degree. Dual degree students should take GMAT exam. See Dual MSCM/MBA for more information.
3. Letter of Intent
A letter stating your interest in and goals for the MSCM as well as the potential use for the degree is required. The letter should demonstrate why you are a good candidate for the MSCM program and should be at least 1 page, single spaced.
A current resume is required.
5. Recommendation Letters
Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources are required. Ideally the letters should be from employers, supervisors, or professors familiar with your abilities. The letters should verify your ability to complete graduate level work and your potential for excellence in the field of conflict management.
6. Additional Requirements for International Students
In addition to the documents listed above, International Students must submit transcript evaluations for all non-US colleges and universities and official TOEFL or IELTS scores. Documents required by US immigration laws, such as the sponsor affidavit, are not required as part of the application process but must be submitted before the student may enroll or attend courses.