Curriculum

Program Options

Option Course Load* Start-Term Time Commitment In-Person Requirement
M.S. On-Campus Full-Time Fall or Spring 3 or 4 terms 100%**
M.S. On-Campus Part-Time Fall or Spring 6 or 7 terms 100%**
M.S. Online with Intensive Study Full-Time Only Spring Only 3 terms 3 weeks during summer

* International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll full-time (12 credits per term) and study on campus.
** Select courses are available online or in hybrid format.

The 40-point 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, 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 for on-campus instruction, and full-time for the online/intensive study option, which consists of three terms of online study including three weeks of in-person intensive study. The program schedule is designed to accommodate the professional obligations of students who are employed full-time.

Students should be aware of the variations in scheduling.

For on-campus instruction, classes are mostly held in the evenings and on weekends. Course meetings are either spread out over the 14-week term, as 7-week courses, scheduled as weekend, day-long intensives, or a combination of 7-week courses with some weekend 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, group work as applicable and projects outside of class.

For online instruction, students are expected to complete assignments by their due dates, access the materials as per the schedule, and to participate in group-work as assigned.

In order to receive the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, students must complete 40 points for degree completion and all requirements within three years (six terms, excluding summer) with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.