George Mason University
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George Mason University

Conflict Analysis and Resolution, PhD

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Graduate Programs
3434 Washington Blvd, Suite 5000
Arlington, VA 22201
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Program Overview

S-CAR's renowned PhD program provides you an opportunity to become a professional scholar practitioner. You will apply the cutting edge theory, research and practice learned in your classes to local and global issues. At S-CAR, we encourage you to teach and publish, establishing yourself as a key voice in your area of specialization. Leverage the PhD program and your networks of colleagues as you establish an academic career path for yourself or build your own business or career by developing your skills and applying them in a multitude of careers as a holistic analyst and conflict resolution practitioner. Utilize S-CAR to network with current and future leaders in the field among your faculty, classmates, and beyond, to establish a stronger more peaceful world.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Scholarly and Academic Contributions

S-CAR PhD students leave our program prepared to contribute as scholars, teachers, and practitioners. Opportunities abound during your program for engaged research and meaningful practice.

Publish and Present

Tailor your work in your classes and the dissertation itself for publication. Undertake your research, attend or organize your own conferences and presentations and explore and discuss the discipline's latest issues.

Develop a Research Portfolio

Partner with and support faculty, your PhD colleagues and Center staff members on specific projects or long term research agendas or develop your own grants and projects with faculty, utilizing their years of experience and knowledge.

Build Your Teaching Portfolio

S-CAR provides a tiered teaching preparation for our PhD students to support the development of skilled teachers. Teaching opportunities include:

  • Serving as a discussion section leader for a small section of a faculty led course
  • Working with faculty or program directors on curriculum development
  • Instructor for a section with faculty mentoring
  • Individual teaching of a course section

Further information about teaching can be found on here, on the graduate student funding page

Distinguished Grants and Fellowships

George Mason and S-CAR support students as they apply for prestigious awards. Apply through the University for Fulbright, Boren, and many other grants, scholarships and fellowships. More information can be found here:

Develop your skills

Take your education to the Field

S-CAR offers a robust assortment of opportunities to get out and do research and intervention in the field. Our travel courses take you to areas impacted by conflict in the US and globally. Active trips include to Colombia, the Balkans, Indonesia, Jordan, Israel-Palestine, N. Ireland, West Virginia and many more.

We also offer CONF 625 courses called Engaging Conflicts. These are semester long opportunities to engage around a particular issue in either research and practice. Recent courses have traveled to Malta to look at migration issues and fostered dialogue across political divides here in the U.S.

Add a S-CAR Certificate Program

Students may elect to complete a S-CAR graduate certificate in addition to the PhD program. Graduate certificates are opportunities for students to further tailor their academic program and specialize in a specific area of Conflict Resolution practice. Certain graduate certificate courses can be used to fulfill PhD program requirements. Students should consult with the Certificate Program Director and Doctoral Program Director for policies on counting certificate courses toward the PhD degree.

Networking and Career Development

Our vibrant community brings distinguished guests and speakers to campus and provides opportunities to network with professionals, both within the academic community and in other sectors. These events along with student events (dissertation defenses, research presentations, etc.) are moments to connect and forge connections for the future.

S-CAR's dedicated Career Services office is available to help with resume and CV preparation as well as job search strategies.