What will I learn?

Columbia’s master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, which can be completed on full-time basis, combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires. This graduate program is part of a rich history of conflict resolution at Columbia University.

The graduate program’s training philosophy is grounded in a commitment to interactive, dialogue-based methods of managing and resolving conflict. The focus is on building common ground, establishing dialogue, applying practical skills, ensuring representation and recognition, and forging relationships.

The program trains students to:

  • Adopt a mindset that is self-aware and sensitive to diverse populations of people in various settings
  • Consider alternative perspectives from differing worldviews
  • Apply sound conflict analysis models, tools and processes
  • Understand system dynamics and complexity of issues and actors
  • Develop a reflective practice of learning
  • Work toward reaching constructive outcomes through the use of collaborative processes
  • Use theory to inform their understanding, and apply pragmatic approaches to resolving conflicts

The curriculum emphasizes a pragmatic approach to resolving conflicts that arise in human resource management, community and labor organization, education and health administration, and law and business. Through examination of theory and practical methodology, the program focuses on constructive communication, ethical understanding, cultural awareness and sensitivity, counseling, and resolving conflicts in ways that are favorable for all parties.

This is a rigorous and concentrated graduate degree program that demands a serious commitment of time and energy. The Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution can be taken on a full or part-time basis, and is designed to accommodate the professional obligations of students who are employed full-time.

Students should be aware of the nontraditional schedule. Classes are mostly held in the evenings and on the weekends. Course meetings are either spread out over the 14-week term or scheduled as weekend, day-long intensives. Course schedules are posted in advance of the term so that students can plan accordingly. Attendance and participation are required. Students are also expected to devote significant time to completing reading and written assignments, and projects outside of class.

In order to receive the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, students must complete all requirements within three years (six terms, excluding summer) with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.

Which department am I in?

Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 terms)

Tuition fees
USD $2,182 per point
Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Full Time (3 or 4 terms)

Tuition fees
USD $2,182 per point
Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicants must have Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, One to two years of professional experience and Demonstrated ability for critical thinking and analysis.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (Internet-based test) and minimum IELTS score of 7.0

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

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