Undergraduate Programs

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The Carter School is ranked No. 1 in the country for conflict resolution and mediation
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Number of students in our programs, the largest in the world
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Concentrations allow students to shape their own course of study to match their professional goals
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Alumni have found employment directly related to their career goals

Work on issues of peace and conflict resolution with a undergraduate degree from the Carter School

Gain experience in problem solving and peacebuilding in local communities and across international barriers. 

Your education at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution extends beyond the classroom. You'll have the opportunity to travel to conflict zones in the United States and abroad, as well as secure internships at federal agencies and organizations in D.C. Our curriculum will give you the opportunity to engage with conflict directly, gaining the skills and experience to succeed in many professions.

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The skills I have learned... have made me more competitive in the eyes of organizations than my peers with traditional degrees.

Mena Ayazi, BA Conflict Analysis and Resolution '18, MS '20


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Why the Carter School?
Here are just a few reasons you should go to the Carter School...
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Online Course Options
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We are located 15 miles from Washington, D.C.
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First and largest program of its kind in the United States
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Small class sizes taught by world-renowned faculty
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Study abroad with faculty—past locations include Colombia, Hungary, Liberia, Jordan, Indonesia, London, and South Korea
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Build and Transform Your Career
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Gain Experience with internships and independent projects
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Education with Impact
The Carter School offers two multidisciplinary bachelor’s degrees, an accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s degree, and two minors.

Degree Concentrations

  • Political and Social Action
  • Justice and Reconciliation
  • Interpersonal Dynamics
  • Global Engagement
  • Environmental Conflict and Collaboration—coming 2021 
  • Building Peace in Divided Societies
  • Collaborative Leadership

Cutting Edge Coursework

  • Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security, and Justice
  • Culture, Identity, and Conflict
  • Negotiation
  • Grants and Proposal Writing
  • Human Rights and Inequality
  • Justice and Reconciliation
  • Mediating Conflict
  • Youth and Conflict
  • Dialogue and Difference
  • Community Engagement and Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Violence: Causes, Dynamics, & Alternatives

I am someone who likes to dip her toes in each box. This is why [conflict analysis and resolution] was the perfect major for me! I was able to take my degree, delve into all my passions, and simultaneously forge my own path.”

Marina Chafa, BA Conflict Analysis and Resolution ’19

Many Paths to Success

Our graduates serve in a wide range of leadership roles in numerous organizations, including:
  • Lead Disaster Recovery Program Manager
  • Restorative Justice Specialist
  • Communications Strategy Consultant
  • Public Involvement Specialist
  • Foreign Affairs Officer
  • Innovator, Founder, and CEO
  • Program Director and Lead Facilitator
  • Transplant Donor Coordinator
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Business Development Specialist
  • Immigration Services Officer
  • Community Programs Manager
  • Storyteller and Web Developer
  • Chief of Staff, State Congressional Office
  • Research Project Manager

Where can our graduates be found?

Agilex Technologies,  American Red Cross, Americorps, Apple, Fairfax County Public Schools, Federal Bureau Of Investigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, The Hunger Project, The Nature Conservancy, NVMS, Conflict Resolution Center, Peace Corps, Sierra Club, Unicef, The United Nations World Food Programme, U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, U.S. Department Of Homeland Security, U.S. Department Of Labor, U.S. Senate
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Application Requirements
The Carter School welcomes both Freshman and Transfer applications.

Freshmen Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (Priority): Nov 1 
Fall (Regular) and Financial Aid: January 15

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (Priority) and Financial Aid: March 1
Spring Semester: October 1 

Being in a project management role, I use my degree on a daily basis. Most of my job is to facilitate conversations between teams across the company working on the same project, to implement policy changes effectively, and to holistically evaluate the team’s health from business and person-centric perspectives.”

Caroline Chisolm, BA Conflict Analysis and Resolution ’15

Quote from Dean Ozerdem: "Our students come to the Carter School to learn from the leaders in peace and conflict resolution. We teach our students to identify the underlying causes of conflict and equip them with the cutting-edge theory and practical skills to put their knowledge into action. We also impart a thorough understanding of the values that underlie these practices."