Master of Science in Conflict Management

Kennesaw State University

Program Description

Master of Science in Conflict Management

Kennesaw State University

The Master of Science in Conflict Management

MS in Conflict Management 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 groups or 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 MS in Conflict Management is to produce students who:

  1. Understand the nature of conflict from the perspective of multiple disciplines.
  2. Understand the continuum of responses to conflict.
  3. Possess the necessary skills to facilitate the management of various types of conflict.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and research conflict in an organizational environment.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to design conflict intervention procedures and strategies appropriate to a particular situation or environment.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the efficacy of a given intervention or system of interventions.
  7. 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 MS in Conflict Management also provides students with enhanced credentials to pursue career advancement in an existing work environment.

The Cohort Environment and Executive Modular Format

The MS in Conflict Management 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 MS in Conflict Management 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 MS in Conflict Management program is a full-time, 16-month graduate course of study, but caters to professionals' schedules.

Classes are held every other weekend, Friday from 3:30-7:30 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.

Experiential Learning

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 MS in Conflict Management 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. MS in Conflict Management students is 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.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in Conflict Management program, applicants must complete the electronic Application for Graduate Admission and submit the following supporting documents:

1. Transcripts

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 MS in Conflict Management/MBA for more information.

3. Letter of Intent

A letter stating your interest in and goals for the MS in Conflict Management as well as the potential use for the degree is required. The letter should demonstrate why you are a good candidate for the MS in Conflict Management program and should be at least 1 page, single-spaced.

4. Resume

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.

For more information, visit International Student Resources.

Embedded Certificates

MS in Conflict Management graduates have applied their learning to a variety of professional pursuits, with many enhancing or expanding their areas of responsibility within management, human resources, or education; while others have undertaken new career directions as mediators, facilitators, ombudsmen, leaders of faith communities, and patient care advocates.

Alumni feedback suggests the MS in Conflict Management curriculum is well-suited to a range of domestic and international positions across the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors. The opportunities are virtually limitless for leveraging the MS in Conflict Management degree for use in whatever your chosen profession may be.

Additionally, many of our graduates say that the personal development they achieve over the course of the MS in Conflict Management is just as beneficial as the professional development received. The MS in Conflict Management program produces well-informed, insightful and reflective citizens to lead in today’s challenging environments.

The Justice and Organizations Certificate

The Justice and Organizations Certificate provides students additional specialist training in skills related to organizational conflict management and dispute resolution to prepare students to work in court systems as well as the public, private, non-profit sectors.

Jobs Relating to the Justice Certificate:

  • Mediator, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Ombudsman, Georgia State University.
  • Resolution Expediter, The Home Depot Corporation.
  • Case Manager, American Arbitration Association.
  • Educational Program Specialist, Center for Disease Control.
  • Victim Services Coordinator, Clayton County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Assistant Coordinator, St. John Emergency Homeless Shelter.
  • Counselor, Forrest General Hospital.
  • Director of Risk Management, St. Joseph’s Health System.
  • Chief Legal Officer, Erlanger Health Systems.
  • Sr. Director of Investigations, Fraud & Abuse, Wellpoint Inc. of Georgia.

The International Conflict Management Certificate

The International Conflict Management Certificate provides additional knowledge and skills development to prepare students to work effectively in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international corporate settings.

Jobs Relating to the International Certificate:

  • Elections Project Officer, United Nations Development Programme, Zambia
  • Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator, The United Nations
  • Behavior Detection Analyst, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Professor, Environmental Dispute Resolution
  • Conflict Manager, United World Solutions
  • Consul General
  • Executive Director, Recovery Outfitters, Inc.
  • Consultant, Global Business Development Coordinator
  • Disaster Relief Coordinator, American Red Cross
  • Project Coordinator for the Americas Program, The Carter Center

Domestic and International Field Experiences

MS in Conflict Management 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. Domestic options in the past have included attending the Association for Conflict Resolution 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 the West Bank, and studying “The Troubles” in Ireland and Northern 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, and the international trips are generally 7-10 days.

Field Study and Internships

A hallmark of the MS in Conflict Management program is the field study students perform during the final semester. This experience, which affords students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained over the course of the program to a specific conflict environment, prepares them to face the challenges of our complex global environment.

Students are able to choose an area of the field in which to research or perform an internship, based on their unique interests in the field and their professional goals.

Recent Internship Locations

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • American Arbitration Association.
  • Atlanta Ombusman Program.
  • Carroll County Mediation Center.
  • Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia (HCECG).
  • The Nakwatsvewat Institute, Arizona.
  • The Carter Center.
  • Mediators Beyond Borders.
  • The United Nations Ombuds Office.
  • United Nations CIFAL/Institute of Training and Research Office.

Recent Research/Projects

  • Faith-Based Encounter Programs as a New Model for Track Three Peace Building.
  • Prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome in Returning Soldiers.
  • Ivory Coast Post Conflict Reconstruction.
  • Concessionary Bargaining.
  • The Rights of Sexual Minorities in South Africa.
  • Community Trauma Healing in Transcultural Settings.
  • Investigation of Use of Restorative Justice Concepts in Juvenile Justice and Identification of Best Practices.
  • Development of a Victim-Offender Mediation Program for a Northwest Georgia County.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 11, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
16 months
Full time
Price
Price
290 USD
Resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $290.00. Non-resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $1,045.00. Other fees may apply.
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Priority deadline: March 1st. Final deadline: July 1st
Locations
USA - Kennesaw, Georgia
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
Priority deadline: March 1st. Final deadline: July 1st
End date Dec. 31, 2019
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Mar. 1, 2019
Priority deadline: March 1st. Final deadline: July 1st
End date Dec. 31, 2020
Dates
Sept. 2019
USA - Kennesaw, Georgia
Application deadline Request Info
Priority deadline: March 1st. Final deadline: July 1st
End date Dec. 31, 2019
Application deadline Mar. 1, 2019
Priority deadline: March 1st. Final deadline: July 1st
End date Dec. 31, 2020