Be the expert everyone needs—and make progress possible.
Conflict is a normal part of our lives, and it exists everywhere. It is also one of the greatest barriers to progress and happiness. The Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES) Master's Degree program gives you the skills and knowledge to resolve conflicts peacefully—between individuals, within organizations, and among nations.
As a CRES student, you'll join a remarkable cohort of students and have a broad range of career opportunities. And most importantly, you'll be an important influence everywhere you go.
Find Your Passion
The CRES program is built on a cohort model designed to foster a collaborative environment based on experiential learning. The faculty is passionate. The curriculum is rich. You will learn theory and put it into practice. You will stretch yourself to consider new perspectives on competition and cooperation, relationships and responsibility, and, war and peace.
Become the expert EVERYONE needs.
The Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s Program – known to insiders as CRES – is a two-year, full-time program. Here, you develop the conceptual knowledge and practical skills that you will need to meet the challenges that emerge due to conflict. The program is composed of four parts:
Core Courses (33 credits): In your first year of the CRES program, you complete a set of compulsory, foundational courses together with the members of your cohort, including traditional mediation, negotiation, ethics, cross-cultural competency, and third-party dynamics in conflict resolution.
Electives (20 credits): With the breadth of the University of Oregon at your fingertips, you can deepen your understanding of conflict and dispute resolution across disciplines, choosing electives in fields such as sociology, psychology, business, international studies, economics, public administration, and more.
Internships (8 credits): Unique to the CRES program, you will gain at least 320 hours of practical, hands-on internship experience in conflict and dispute resolution in order to graduate. Our skilled staff work with you to secure internships in the field or fields of your choice, locally, out-of-state, or even internationally.
Final Project (9 credits): Your master’s degree culminates with a final project, which can take the form of a thesis (9 credits), terminal project (9 credits), or course concentration (9 credits). This culminating work reflects your career goals and demonstrates the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the CRES program.
The skills and knowledge you gain as a Conflict and Dispute Resolution master’s student can be applied across a variety of fields and professions. Through the CRES program, you have the opportunity to combine your passions by pursuing concurrent degrees.
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Last updated February 14, 2018