School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development


The Master of Science in Conflict Management program at KSU maintains many partnernships with business, nonprofits, and other organizations such as the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program and C. Richard Barnes and Associates. For more information about partnerships with the MSCM program, please contact us..

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

You have served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer and had experiences of a lifetime that no one can take away from you. Why not go the extra step and enhance those practical experiences with a Master's degree? Kennesaw State University's Master of Science in Conflict Management provides an excellent opportunity for you to continuing your studies.

As is indicated at the Peace Corps website, for many Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows, this is an opportunity to combine academic and professional endeavors with your desire to work in underserved communities. At the same time, it allows the Fellow to reintegrate into a community and do something meaningful after your experience abroad.

Through the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program at KSU you will receive a tuition waiver and stipend for fall and spring semesters. The program offers Graduate Research Assistantships to Peace Corps Fellows for up to four academic semesters in this degree program.

If you would like more information, please visit the Peace Corp's Coverdell Fellows Program.

Application Process

There is a two-part application process. First, you apply to the MSCM program using the admissions process explained under How to Apply on our website. Next, you will need to complete a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows application form in order to be considered for KSU's Fellows Program.

You'll send the Peace Corps forms to another office, so be sure to follow the directions on the link below. It is likely that the MSCM program will review your application first. Peace Corps Fellows' applications will be reviewed in March and April for the upcoming Fall semester. Acceptance into the MSCM program does not guarantee automatic acceptance into KSU's Fellows/USA program. If you would like to be considered for the KSU Coverdell Fellows Program for fall 2016, you will need to submit an application by March 15, 2017.

Send the Fellows/USA application to:

Daniel J. Paracka, Ph.D.
Director, Education Abroad
Associate Professor of Education
MD# 9116
3391 Town Point Drive Suite 1700
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA 30144, USA

Phone: 470.578.9732

The Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Committee will review all applications and contact candidates no later than May 31. Admission into the MSCM is a prerequisite for Fellows consideration.

Mr. C. Richard Barnes and MSCM Partnership

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Master of Science in Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University would like to announce the creation of a new Public-Private Partnership between Mr. C. Richard Barnes and Associates (CRBA) and the Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) program.

Richard Barnes is President of C. Richard Barnes and Associates, LLC. Mr. Barnes has an extensive career in labor-management relations as a negotiator, mediator,Deputy Director, and Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Barnes Director of the FMCS in January 1998, a position he held until June 2002. He established C. Richard Barnes and Associates, LLC in 2005, as a unique organizational consulting firm to provide dispute resolution services, dispute resolution systems design, workforce training and development and executive coaching to a cross section of American industry, labor and service organizations.

This partnership will provide benefits for MSCM students interested in understanding complex, multi-party disputes and developing knowledge of workplace and organizational conflict resolution. Mr. Barnes has agreed to serve as an adjunct professor for the program, provide access to high level meditations, facilitations, and trainings, and serve as a direct link for students and faculty to engage and experience conflict management applications in the workplace. The experience and expertise represented in this partnership will further enhance Kennesaw State’s reputation as a premiere center for the study and practice of conflict management.

Both the MSCM program and Mr. C. Richard Barnes are excited to see how this relationship will blossom, and the boundless opportunities that will result from this partnership.

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