Conflict Resolution


The Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution trains the next generation of conflict resolution leaders, locally and globally.

The Conflict Resolution program is small, specialized, and skill-based. Students have the advantages of an active learning community, cutting-edge research faculty, and the top practitioners of the field. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of speakers, events, and workshops both on campus and in Washington, D.C.

The curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive. Core courses introduce theoretical and practical skills. The wide range of elective courses help students develop, explore, and deepen knowledge in areas of individual interest.  

The Program offers an unparalleled array of useful and specific skills taught by practitioners at the top of their fields. Negotiation, mediation, and facilitation skills are emphasized throughout. Students have the opportunity to earn a certification in mediation. 

Experiential learning is a core element of the program. Students spend three semesters engaged in practical work during their studies, including the Practicum course series and the Summer Field Fellowship. Conflict resolution graduates have skills and know-how.

A core principle of our program is Utraque Unum, Latin for “both into one,” and Georgetown’s motto. Utraque Unum represents our drive to reconcile, to use conflict as an opportunity to bring together diverse points of view and create greater strength through understanding.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A.
  • A.B. / M.A. accelerated program (Georgetown University undergraduates only)

Application Deadlines

Fall 2021

January 15, 2021

Application Requirements

The Conflict Resolution Program considers individuals from a wide diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and careers. Applicants for the Conflict Resolution Program hold B.A. degrees from a variety of fields, such as Government, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International and Area Studies, Psychology, Business, Philosophy, Theology, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Communications, or Economics.

The program reviews applications for admission once a year for fall matriculation, and applications for Fall 2020 are due on January 15, 2020. To be fully considered for admission, applicants must complete the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences online application and submit the required documentation.

Please contact us with any questions.

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 (see below)
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Scores (recommended but not required)
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (please see below)
  • Writing Sample (see below)


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.


The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is recommended, but not a requirement 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 scores must be received by January 15, 2020 for consideration.


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:

All scores must be received by January 15, 2020 for consideration.


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.

Degree Requirements

Georgetown’s Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution requires 34 credit-hours of coursework. Full time students can complete these requirements with three consecutive semesters of classes and a summer of fieldwork.

In their first semester of study, Conflict Resolution student are required to take Conflict Resolution Theory and Mediation. In the spring, required courses are the first section of the Conflict Resolution Practicum, Facilitation, and Applied Negotiations. 

Over the summer, students will do the Summer Field Fellowship and take Intersections, an integrated summer fieldwork course, and Applied Research Methods for Conflict Resolution.

During their final semester, students are required to take the Conflict Resolution Practicum II and complete elective coursework. There is an option to write an M.A. thesis in lieu of one three-credit elective.

All students in the program must demonstrate they have completed substantial foreign language training prior to graduation.

The Conflict Resolution program offers a wide range of elective courses as well as intensive skills classes. Faculty includes Georgetown’s world-renowned research faculty and the top practitioners in the field.