Master's Degrees

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The Carter School is ranked No. 1 in the country for conflict resolution and mediation.
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Mason was the first university in North America to offer an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
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Interdisciplinary concentrations allow students to shape their course of study to match their professional goals.
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Master’s alumni working in the field to resolve conflicts at every level.

Become a professional peacebuilder with a Master’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

The Carter School trains the next generation of conflict resolvers at the cutting-edge of the field. Our interdisciplinary approach and dedication to experiential learning provides students with the analytical and practical skills they need to pursue the resolution of conflicts at all levels of society.

A graduate degree from the Carter School will enable you to:

✔ Influence and encourage others to pursue alternatives to war.

✔ Craft solutions to global challenges, as well as clashes within your community.

✔ Engage in important conversations of the day.

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Make a Lasting Impact in Your Field
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Shared Passion
Master’s students come to the Carter School from a wide array of academic backgrounds and career experiences, but they all share one thing: a commitment to finding the role they can play in the amelioration of destructive, sometimes violent, conflicts.


Degrees that Drive Change

The Carter School was founded on the recognition that conflict is a whole-of-society phenomenon and transforming it toward peace and justice requires whole-of-society approaches. That’s why our top-of-the-field master’s programs offer an interdisciplinary curriculum that encourages students to identify the steps they can take to address conflicts at the interpersonal, community, institutional, national, and global levels.


Choose a concentration in specific areas of the field while learning techniques and approaches from other areas to enhance your specialization.

  • Peacebuilding
  • Social Justice Advocacy & Activism
  • Dynamics of Violence
  • Media, Narrative and Public Discourse
  • Inclusive Conflict Engagement
  • Conflict-Sensitive Development and Resilience
  • Build Your Own Concentration

The Carter School also offers graduate certificate options designed for mid-career professionals.

Application Deadlines

Join us as we continue to build on our strong tradition of excellence in education as the first and foremost academic institution in the field of peace and conflict studies.

Fall Semester

Priority Deadline for Merit Award Consideration*: February 1

Standard Deadline: March 15 (Extended to July 15)

* Please contact the Admissions Coordinator for details

Spring Semester

Priority Deadline for Merit Award Consideration*: November 1

Standard Deadline: January 4