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What will I learn?

We believe that even the world’s most destructive conflicts can be resolved to create a more peaceful future. With a bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution from Portland State University, you will be able to participate and contribute to this important work locally and globally.

As a conflict resolution major, you will learn to analyze conflict, uncovering the underpinnings of conflict dynamics in a wide variety of settings and scales. You will develop perspectives and gain skills to defuse and deescalate destructive conflicts that arise among individuals, groups and countries.

The courses in the program encompass the practical and theoretical bases of mediation, negotiation and an array of peace-enhancing perspectives and strategies. The program includes research, theory, and competency-based education focusing on building the necessary personal, social and institutional conditions necessary for positive peace, conflict transformation (from destructive to constructive), and universal respect for context-sensitive human rights. Students are encouraged to pursue their own particular interests in the study of conflict resolution.


PSU’s conflict resolution program introduces you to peacebuilding and dispute methods drawn from psychology, communications theory, philosophy, and even "improv." With seasoned faculty, you will explore culturally sensitive and diverse approaches to engaging and transforming conflict.

Our faculty work closely with community partners and international organizations as consultants, board members, and trainers in conflict resolution strategies. They bring their real-world experience into your classes.

In your courses, you will gain the fundamentals of conflict resolution practice and research, including fieldwork. You will also gain skills in areas like nonviolence, bystander intervention, and social organizing. Campus organizations, like Students United for Nonviolence, provide you with opportunities to engage with the university and the Portland metro area.


Our students graduate ready to solve real-world conflict. You will have the sensitivity and an innovative, practical toolbox to bring conflict resolution skills into a multitude of careers, from non-profits to government. You will be suited for careers in the field of conflict resolution and prepared to add value in any community setting, occupational field, or workplace by bringing conflict transformation strategies to bear. Undergraduates acquire these skills as they focus on the transformation of conflict for the achievement of peace and social justice at the small group and community level. Our graduates go on to careers in academia, advocacy, nonprofits, federal, state, and local government agencies, social work and community services, international development and policy, primary, secondary, and higher education, and education administration.

A career preparation course open to students majoring and minoring in Conflict Resolution prepares you to step into the marketplace grounded and confident.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,837.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022, 28 March 2022


Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway,



97201, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To apply as a freshman (first-year student), you must have completed secondary/high school (university preparatory), equivalent to U.S. secondary/high school, with a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 when converted to the United States 4.0 grading scale.

For international students

To enroll as a freshman (first year), you must have completed secondary school or high school. Your education must be equivalent to United States secondary school or high school education. You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scales.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in reading and writing)
  • TOEFL IBT: minimum overall score of 71; minimum subscore of 15 in reading and writing
  • PTE: 53 overall
  • SAT: 560 or above in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Portland State University

PSU has been empowering students for 75 years and is known for its sustainability and commitment to social justice.

  • Based in the center of Portland, Oregon
  • One of the nation’s most innovative universities
  • More than 200 degree and certificate programs on offer
  • 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio