Online Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

This professional program prepares students for further academic work, as well as careers with government agencies, international peacebuilding, relief and development organizations, private business, unions, community centers, education institutions, and settings in which conflict analysis and resolution skills are in demand.

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Students study theory, methods and ethical perspectives of the field and apply this knowledge in simulations, workshops, field practice and internships. Classes are offered in half- and full-semester formats using Mason's distance-learning platforms. 

Graduates can build careers in such organizations and fields as:

  • Security/Intelligence: Presidential Management Fellowship Program, Department of State, USAID, Department of Defense, FBI
  • Non-profit: International Rescue Committee, Northern Virginia Mediation Service, Search for Common Ground, The Institute for Multi Track Diplomacy
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Disaster Relief: Red Cross, Oxfam International, Amnesty International, International Crisis Group
  • Public Participation/Service: Social Services, Community Development
  • Multi-Lateral Agencies: World Bank, United Nations, International Monetary Fund
  • Education: D.C. Public Schools, Engaging Governments in Genocide Prevention, Integral Peacemaker Institute
  • Research: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Brookings Institution, United States Institute of Peace, RAND Corporation

How to Apply

Application Deadlines


  • Priority Deadline for Merit Award Consideration*: November 1
  • Standard Deadline: January 4


  • Priority Deadline for Merit Award Consideration*: February 1
  • Standard Deadline: March 15 (Extended to July 15)
  • Space Available (Int’l): July 15
  • Space Available (Dom): August 1

*please apply by the priority date if you desire to be considered for funding

*applications will be accepted after the deadline on a space available basis

Application Instructions

You will submit all items required for the application through your application portal. Admissions requirements include:

  • A completed Online Application for Graduate Study.
  • The goals statement should answer the question: "How has your past experienced prepared you to engage in conflict, and how will this program equip you for your future?" There is no length requirement.
  • The two letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically. Provide the name and contact information of your references, and a link will be emailed to them to submit their letters online.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent must be verified from official transcripts.
  • A 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or better in baccalaureate study. If you don't meet this requirement, you could be accepted provisionally.
  • The application will require you to submit unofficial transcripts. In addition, two official copies of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended are also required. Transcripts must be in sealed, unopened envelopes to be considered official.
  • A GRE score is not required, but may be submitted.

*Applicants with international credentials will need to submit additional items.

Incoming Students

Send official transcripts

Official transcripts are required from all schools you have attended. Please ensure these are sent prior to the first day of classes to avoid any registration holds.

Schedule your Advising Appointment

Students must make an advising appointment to before registering for courses. Please email Charisse Cardenas ( These can take place either in-person, via Skype, or by telephone.

Set up your Patriot Pass account

To activate your new student PatriotPass account, you will need your G number, indicated on your admission email/letter, and CLAIM ID number, which is your birth month, day and year in 2-digit format (i.e., June 30, 1976, would be entered as 063076).

Register for classes

  • Using your Patriot Pass login information, you will view the schedule of classes, then register.
  • You should register and pay for your tuition and fees before the first day of class of each term.
  • Review course descriptions.