Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention Graduate Certificate

Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention Graduate Certificate

Earn your Certificate in just 12 weeks during our Summer Term! 

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention is to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to Mass Atrocity Prevention, including genocide and mass violence prevention. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, or graduate students seeking specialized, practical knowledge, the certificate program integrates conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical techniques of preventing mass atrocities. Certificate courses include intensive sessions, lectures, seminars, and applied-mentored learning in real and simulated situations. Students learn strategies to prevent mass atrocities through policy planning, diplomacy, civil society building, development, and education. Graduates are prepared to apply peacebuilding, dialogue, and conflict resolution approaches designed specifically for hot spots where mass atrocities seem likely to occur.

Program Requirements

Number of Credit Hours: 15 graduate credit hours

Required Courses: 9 credits

  • CONF 501:  Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution (3 credits)
  • CONF 625:  Engaging Conflict (3 credits)
  • CONF 654:  Mass Atrocity: Early Warning and Prevention (3 credits)

Elective Courses: 6 credits

Students choose 2 courses (3 credits each) from the following courses focused on the context for their practice to prevent atrocities and heal societies torn apart by mass violence. Students can also fulfill this requirement by taking an additional practice foundations course:

  • CONF 706: Ethics and Conflict (3 credits)    
  • CONF 707: Gender and Violence (3 credits)    
  • CONF 708: Identity and Conflict (3 credits)    
  • CONF 721: Conflict and Race    (3 credits)
  • CONF 733: Law and Justice from a Conflict Perspective (3 credits)    
  • CONF 751: Dynamics of Civil Wars (3 credits) 

Charles E. Scheidt Master’s Fellowship for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Earn a fully funded MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a Graduate Certificate in Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention in only one year.



Application Deadline for Certificate Programs


Priority: November 1

Standard: January 4


Priority: April 1

Standard: May 15 Extended to July 15