School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

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School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development F.A.Q.

Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) F.A.Q.

  1. What can I do with this degree?
    Conflict Management is an interdisciplinary field. We have graduates in almost every industry you can imagine. Some options incude human resources, mediation, arbitration, ombudsry, negotiation, or counseling work, among others.
  2. What are MSCM graduates doing now? Where do they work?
    In court systems, human resources, as private consultants, international NGOs, domestic non-profit organizations, corporate offices, healthcare organizations, etc... Our graduates are very diverse in their interests, and their locations of employment are just as varied.
  3. Where do your students come from (educational/career/background)?
    Our students have a variety of backgrounds: criminal justice, psychology/counseling, business, law, healthcare, education, fine arts, marketing, communication, finance, human resources, and more.
  4. What is the average student like (demographics and qualifications)?
    We take pride in the fact that our cohorts are very diverse, which creates a uniquely enriching learning environment. Approximately 25-30% of each cohort is made up of international students. Age and experience range from recent undergraduates to seasoned professionals with 20 or 30 years of experience. The average student age for our cohorts is usually between 30-45 years of age.
  5. What do you look for when making admission decisions (most important factor)?
    Since a diverse cohort is extremely important for this program, we want to know how you can contribute to the cohort and how you plan to use a degree in Conflict Management.
  6. How long does it take to complete the program?
    16 months
  7. Can I work full time and still make progress in the program?
    Yes. This is an "executive-style" program. Classes are offered on alternating weekends and most of our students are full-time employees.
  8. What is the workload? What is the time commitment?
    Since this is an accelerated, 16-month program, we suggest that students clear their calendars (other than work and family commitments) for the duration of the program. The program is intense, but manageable with a typical 40-50 hour work week..
  9. Why should I apply to this program?
    You will gain a unique skillset that is transferrable to any industry. The skills you learn will also aid in your personal life and development.
  10. What are the highlights of this program? Why is it special?
    Conflict is everywhere. Learning effective skills to analyze and intervene in conflict situations is a highly useful skillset. The program is balanced in covering research, theory, and practice. With over 100 hours of skills clinics, you will have ample opportunity to work one-on-one with professionals in the field who will help coach you in transferring theory to practice.
  11. What options or tracks/concentrations are there for me in your program?
    We have two embedded certificates to choose from within the program: The Justice and Organizations Certificate and The International Conflict Management Certificate. The Justice and Organizations Certificate provides students additional specialist training in skills related to organization conflict management and dispute resolution to prepare students to work in court systems as well as public, private, and non-profit sectors. The International Conflict Management Certificate provides additional knowledge and skills development to prepare student to work effectively in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international corprate settings. For more information on our embedded certificates, please see ourEmbedded Certificates page.
  12. Do you have career placement assistance?
    In addition to our faculty, we have a Career Services Center, whose staff are extremely familiar with the field and will help you in planning a career. We also host an annual Career Fair for current students and alumni.
  13. Are there internships involved in the program?
    There is a field work requirement in the final seemster. These internships may take any number of forms, depending on specific student intersts.
  14. What are the research possibilities?
    If pursuing doctoral level work after completing the MSCM is of interest of you, our faculty will work with you to guide your final semester research project. The Ph.D in International Conflict Management is a great next step for MSCM graduates.
  15. What are your faculty currently working on?
    Our faculty interests and areas of research/consulting work is as varied as our students' intersts. From environmental conflicts to international disputs, law, healthcare, and security issues, among many others. See our faculty publications page for links to some of our faculty's published articles.
  16. What type of experience or background does your faculty have?
    We currently have four dedicated and experienced faculty for the MSCM program. Each has significant field experience and a gift for relating textbook and classroom materials to "real-world" settings.
  17. Do you have financial assistance (scholarships/assistantships/fellowships)?
    We offer a few Graduate Assistanships to students every semester. Students interested in these positions should speak to the Director early each semester to apply. In addition, there are many scholarships we encourage our students to apply for. We also have one in-house Conflict Management scholarship awarded annually during the summer semester.
  18. What is your faculty to student ratio? What are your class sizes?
    We have five dedicated faculty members. Each cohort is limited to 25 students.
  19. What percentage of applicants are accepted?
    We are experiencing an ever-increasing number of applicants. Currently, approximately 50% are accepted.
  20. What percentage of students graduate?
    We have an excellent retention and graduation rate of over 90%.
  21. Do you have any graduate support groups, associations, or professional societies?
    Our graduates belong to a number of professional organizations, including the Association for Conflict Resolution. Other organizations vary depending on individual areas of interest.

PhD in International Conflict Management (INCM) F.A.Q.

  1. How long does it take to complete the program?
    This is a traditional, fulltime PhD program. We expect that individuals will complete the program in 3-7 years. Coursework is typically completed in 1-3 years. All incoming students already hold an advanced degree in a related field.
  2. Can I defer my enrollment from one calendar year to the next?
    Yes, if you must defer your enrollment, you will need approval from the program and you will only be able to defer for one year. Funding cannot be held, but funded students who defer are eligible to be re-evaluated for funding in the following academic year.
  3. How should I choose which writing sample to submit?
    You should submit one thesis, published or publishable quality paper approximately 10 to 20 pages in length. You should submit whichever piece you think best shows your academic thinking and writing skills.
  4. Is there a minimum requirement for the GRE?
    We do not have a minimum requirement for the GRE scores; however, we recommend that applicants target a minimum score of 150 on the quantitative and verbal sections and 3.5 on the analytical writing. Although our doctoral program is competitive and we do attract applicants with high GRE scores, admission to our program is not based solely on test scores. We consider the overall profile of the applicant when making admissions decisions.
  5. How many credits may be transferred from other institutions to my program of study? Can I get transfer credits for courses taken at a foreign university?
    With the approval of the Curriculum Committee, students may transfer a maximum of 17 graduate-level credit hours with grades of “B” or better. Preadmission credits must have been taken within three years of admission to the INCM degree program to be accepted. Foreign university credits must be evaluated by a reputable credentialing evaluation service and be shown to be equivalent to U.S. graduate level standards to be considered for transfer.
  6. How much does the program cost?
    This is a traditional PhD program - not a professional doctorate. Tuition costs will vary depending on whether a student is considered in-state or out of-state. Cick the following link for current Tuition and Fees for Graduate Students. Students awarded an assistantship through the program will receive a tuition waiver and a $15,000.00 annual stipend.
  7. Can I do the PhD online or through distance learning?
    No. The nature of the program requires that our students be in-residence while they are taking classes, although they do not need to be in-residence while they are researching or writing their dissertations. The teaching and research assistantships that fund our doctoral students also require them to be present.
  8. What is the maximum time for field work?
    There is no official limit, but a year is considered reasonable. Field work is most likely to occur when a student gathers data for dissertation research. Field work is not required to complete a dissertation; dissertations can be based on existing datasets, but are generally expected to be evidence-based and data-driven.
  9. Do I need to select a dissertation chair before applying for the PhD program?
    Accepted students select a dissertation chair after they have begun taking courses. It is recommended that a student have a dissertation chair by the end of their second year if not before. In the personal statement in your application, you may indicate the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work (you do not need a professor's advance approval to do so).
  10. Will you review an incomplete application?
    Incomplete applications that are missing one or more of the requirements may not be reviewed.
  11. What are the publication/research requirements?
    Successful completion of the program will require students to defend a doctoral research dissertation. Students, working with their faculty research adviser, will be expected to submit research papers to competitive conferences and to peer-reviewed outlets. Student research projects should be aligned with their dissertation research for maximum effectiveness.
  12. When do I register for dissertation credits (INCM 9900)?
    Students need a minimum of 75 credit hours to graduate, 60 of which must be based on course work (including any approved transfer credits). Students therefore need between 1 and 15 dissertation credit hours. While there are no requirements for when these must be taken, students cannot register for INCM 9900 until they have selected a dissertation chair.
  13. What is the job market for doctoral graduates in international conflict management?
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree. Students are prepared for conducting research and utilizing their analytical skills in universities, policy institutes, government positions, military, humanitarian organizations, development agencies, and nonprofit organizations. For an indication of the types of jobs available to our graduates, check out the Peace and Development Collaborative Network.

Center for Conflict Management (CCM) F.A.Q.

  1. What ADR Services are available from the Center of Conflict Management?
    The Center for Conflict Management offers ADR services in assisting our clients with managing and transforming conflict.

    Services include:

    • Facilitating difficult conversations
    • Teambuilding & Coaching
    • Resolving conflict within the workplace
    • Cultural Competency
    • Change Management
    • Communication issues
    • Collaborative problem solving for community groups, corporate, civic, private, public, and non-profit agencies and organizations.
  2. What are the types of training and workshop programs offered by the Center for Conflict Management?
    The Center for Conflict Management provides basic modules and advanced modules

    Basic Modules:

    • Communication Skills
    • Dealing with Difficult People & Situations
    • Culture & Conflict
    • Managing Customer Service Conflicts
    • Managing Healthcare Conflicts
    • Managing Education Conflicts
    • Managing Human Resources Conflicts
    • Mediation Skills
    • Negotiation

    Advanced Modules:

    • Advanced Mediation Skills & Practicums
    • Coaching for Conflict Management
    • Designing Conflict Management Systems
    • Diversity Issues & EEOC Conflicts
    • Managing Public Disputes and Community Conflict
    • Multi-party Facilitation Skills
    • Planning Public Meetings
    • Workplace Mediation
  3. How does Center for Conflict Management conduct research?
    The Center for Conflict Management conducts research on conflict and conflict-related subjects through teams of interested faculty, graduate students, and other with expertise on respective research themes or topics.
    • Research Team on Managing Migration, Immigration and Cross-Border Conflicts
    • Research Team on Managing Electoral Conflicts
    • Research Team on Managing Environmental Conflicts
    • Research Team on Managing Racial and Ethnic Conflicts
    • Research Team on Managing Religious Conflicts
    • Research Team on International Business Conflicts and Negotiations
    • Research Team on Indigenous Conflict Resolution Mechanisms

    The Center for Conflict Management provides a Working Papers Series on peace and conflict management.

    The Peace and Conflict Management Working Papers Series is a non-refereed online publication in the field of Peace Studies and Conflict Management and Resolution. The series is offered as an outlet for papers that are in various stages of development prior to publication in refereed journals or books and, in some cases, submitted by the authors to solicit feedback from the larger academic community on their theory, argument, or interpretation. The authors hold copyright to the papers. Once published elsewhere in a refereed outlet, authors may ask the Center for Outreach, Research, and Training to take down the papers from the Working Papers Series.

  4. What outreach services does the Center for Conflict Management provide?
    The Center for Conflict Management will conduct training at client’s location upon request. The Center will also custom design conflict resolution training to meet the needs of the client. We also reach out to community leaders and professionals to address conflict on current issues and bring awareness to non-violent approaches to conflict.