The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (MA in Public Policy)

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (MA in Public Policy)

Tel Aviv University


The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (MA in Public Policy) is a yearlong interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English with an optional thesis component. Students graduate from this program having acquired the tools for effective analysis, mediation and negotiation strategies, and conflict resolution frameworks in the international arena. Students also earn a certificate of completion issued by Tel Aviv University for the program’s workshop in International Mediation.

Career Success

Owing to the interdisciplinary nature of conflict resolution students' backgrounds and interests, alumni have established careers at organizations and businesses in a variety of sectors. Some alumni have also pursued additional advanced degrees. Our emphasis on accepting applicants with employment history has a direct effect on a student's ability to find a relevant internship placement and work after the studies.

·Students have gone on to work in the following sectors:

    • Intergovernment Organizations (e.g. UN, Red Cross)
    • Think-tanks and policy centers (e.g. INSS, Washington Center)
    • NGOs (e.g. FHI360, aid organizations in Iraq and Syria)
    • Human Rights (e.g. Amnesty International, Human Rights Campaign)
    • International Relations (e.g. Elnet, Leadel)
    • Politics (e.g. AIPAC, EU Parliament)
    • Government (e.g. Denmark Ministry of Defense, Switzerland Foreign Ministry)
    • For-Profit (e.g. law offices, consulting firms, media)

For further information, visit the International Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program’s website at


The interdisciplinary curriculum offered by The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (MA in Public Policy) provides students with a comprehensive view of conflicts and their resolution. The year is divided into three semesters, allowing students to gradually learn and apply recently acquired knowledge through research and simulations.

The first semester is dedicated to obtaining in-depth knowledge of the fields concerning conflict resolution, ranging from international law to psychology, political science, anthropology, and negotiations. A total of seven courses are taken in the first semester.

During the second and third semesters, students choose from a variety of classes, both electives, and seminars, according to their interests. These semesters concentrate primarily on research and analysis. A total of two seminars and six electives are taken between these two semesters.

The program strives to educate and train students in areas related to their interests and prospective career goals. The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation therefore also allows students to take up to two courses (4 credits) in other Tel Aviv University International Programs. This includes courses in Security and Diplomacy, Emergency and Disaster Management, Migration Studies, Crisis and Trauma Studies, among others. The program’s student coordinator works with accepted students in choosing courses based on upon students’ learning goals. Students must complete a total of 41 credit hours.

Students have the option to write a thesis upon completion of the MA coursework.


Our faculty members reflect the diversity of disciplines involved in the study of conflict resolution. Faculty hail from the leading departments and institutions in Israel, including:

  • Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University
  • Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Tel Aviv University
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
  • School of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University
  • School of Psychology, Tel Aviv University
  • Organizational Behavior Department at the Coller School of Management, Tel-Aviv University
  • Israel Center for Negotiation and Mediation
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem
  • Israel Defense Force's International Law Department
  • Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Ben Gurion University
  • Lund University
  • Salisbury University


Conflict Resolution and Mediation students boast a range of academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree) from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or 78 on a 100-point scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.5-2.7 or 75-77, may be considered but require permission from the Faculty's Academic Committee. Applications with several years of academic and/or professional experience after obtaining their first degree are given preference. The program seeks self-motivated students who can create connections between the topics presented and their personal interest in conflict resolution. Classroom participation is an integral aspect of the program's educational approach, and incoming students are accepted with the expectation that they will contribute in kind to their fellow classmates' education.

Applications are available through the online portal. Application requirements include:

  • CV or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • Diploma
  • Personal essay
  • Photograph
  • Passport copy
  • Application fee
  • Health Declaration
  • All applicants applying to TAU International English-speaking programs who are from non-English speaking countries or are non-native speakers of English must provide proof of English proficiency as part of the application requirements. To view specific instructions for completing this step, please click here.

The application process includes a personal interview, conducted in-person or via Skype or telephone call. International applicants who plan to be in Israel prior to completing their application are strongly advised to schedule an appointment with the Conflict Resolution and Mediation team while in the country.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 30, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2019
10 months
Full time
16,800 USD
Israel - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District
Start date : Oct. 2019
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Oct. 2019
Israel - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District
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