Academic Programs

Influence and encourage others to pursue alternatives to war and power politics. Craft solutions to globe-threatening issues, as well as clashes within your community. Engage in important conversations of the day. A degree from the Carter School will enable you to do all this and more.

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Mason's Carter School was the first in the nation
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There are only two pure schools for conflict analysis in the nation
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We offer seven alternative spring break trips in the U.S. and abroad
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Members of our students, faculty, and staff speak 80 languages
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Our student body represents more than 130 nations

Peace Can Start With You

 We were the first.

Mason’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution (formerly the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution) is the United States’ oldest stand-alone school offering a degree in conflict resolution; we're one of two schools dedicated to conflict analysis in the nation.

At Mason, we're not embedded in another discipline. Similar degrees are available at other universities in schools of social work, law, and psychology, but they have a parent discipline to which they're responsible.

We’re independent, concentrating on conflict analysis and resolution. This allows us to hone our focus while being interdisciplinary.

Some courses will be all-encompassing, giving you a big-picture view of the issues. You can then choose to concentrate your studies in the area of your choice.

Other benefits of coming here include:

  • Interdisciplinary professors, who are committed to engaged scholarship. They conduct innovative research and craft methods of intervention that resolve real-world problems. That research means you’ll have specialized tools to do your work, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the traditional methods of diplomacy.
  • A diverse student body, which will give you a unique global perspective. Our students come from around the world; when you graduate, you'll have an international network.
SCAR Students at George Mason seminar

The Institute for Immigration Research with the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and Mason’s Carter School, co-hosts a panel discussion, "Xenophobia and Islamophobia in the Modern Era." Carter School students have access to a wide variety of opportunities to attend special events, seminars and workshops.

  • Coursework that moves teaching and learning beyond traditional classrooms. You’ll gain skills and experiences through service and experiential learning opportunities, both in the community and around the world. We offer a variety of study-abroad opportunities.
  • An extensive community among alumni who are leaders and innovators in their fields. Our graduates are working domestically and internationally in peacebuilding, governmental, academic, development, and humanitarian organizations.
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Take Advantage of Washington's Resources
Students from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution take a tour of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Such access provides unique opportunities. For example, S-CAR masters student Laura Mahan explored rarely seen documents in the
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Hear From International Mediators
Francisco Diez, mediator between Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and the opposition in Venezuela (2002-2004), and between Ecuador President Rafael Correa and Colombia President Alvaro Uribe (2007-2009) speaks at a Center for the Study of Narrative and Con
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Conduct Research as an Undergraduate
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution hosts an annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, an opportunity for students to present original research projects and experiences in the field that relate to conflict, conflict resolution, and peacebuildin
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