From Darfur to Iraq to Washington, D.C., disputes over politics, culture, resources and religion have given rise to the need for new and creative approaches to resolving conflict. While deeply-rooted conflicts are often not fully resolved, they may be transformed from heated or violent disputes into more manageable, peaceful forms.

The M.A. program in conflict resolution seeks to equip its graduates with the theoretical and practical tools necessary to better understand the nature of, and solutions to, many types and degrees of conflict.

The program, which is offered in conjunction with many other departments and schools at Georgetown, is designed to be intensive and small in size. Core and elective courses are taught in the departments of Government, Psychology, Theology, Philosophy, Sociology and Communication, Culture & Technology, as well as at the Law Center, Business School, School of Foreign Service and the McCourt School of Public Policy.

The broad themes of the program trace the three basic stages of conflict processes: the origins of disputes; mediation and negotiation; and post-conflict peace building. Students are schooled in a variety of perspectives ranging from intergroup to community to global.

The program prepares students for further academic study, or for careers in the rapidly growing market for specialists in the field of conflict resolution.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020

January 15, 2020

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.


Please be sure to review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose                                                                                                         
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts - Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Scores (required of all applicants)
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (please see below)
  • Writing Sample (see below)

Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose should discuss the following: your reasons for wanting to study in the Conflict Resolution Program in the Government Department at Georgetown University; how your research interests fit with those of the various faculty members in the Department of Government; and your long-term academic and/or professional goals. The statement of purpose should be a 500 word (approximately) essay.

Writing Sample: The Conflict Resolution Program in Georgetown's Department of Government requires that all applicants submit an academic writing sample. There is no minimum or maximum length to the writing sample. The average length of samples received is 15 - 20 pages. This sample should be scholarly, academic in nature and perhaps of a level that is publishable. It is not mandatory but it is preferable that the writing sample be on a topic you wish to study here at Georgetown. The academic writing sample should be a single-authored work.

The Conflict Resolution Program will consider individuals from a wide diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and careers. Its key criterion for admission remains strong scholarly promise.  Applicants for the Conflict Resolution Program should hold B.A. degrees from a variety of fields, such as Government, Psychology, Business, Philosophy, Theology, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Communications, or Economics.

More information about the program can be found on the program website located at:

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The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for this program.  Georgetown University's score reporting code is: 5244. There is no minimum required score on the GRE.  Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution.  Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:


All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Georgetown University's score reporting code is: 5244.  TOEFL information:

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements

Overall 40.75 credit hours (courses numbered 350 and above), with at least a B average and no grade of C or below in each course, and arranged to satisfy the following distribution requirements:

  • Four required core courses (10.75 credits)
  • Four directed electives (12 credits)
  • One area studies course (three credits)
  • Five other elective three-credit courses, as approved by the program directors
  • Reading capability in one language other than English
  • Credit for coursework taken elsewhere is subject to the approval of the Graduate School. Up to six credit hours of such work may be credited toward the M.A. degree, provided that it is earned in graduate-level courses after the undergraduate degree is completed at a fully accredited university and with a grade of B or better.
  • Students will take a final oral comprehensive exam.
  • Students may opt to complete an internship in lieu of taking one three-credit elective course.
  • Students may opt to write a thesis in lieu of one three-credit elective course.