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Transforming conflict on an interpersonal, community, and organizational scale.

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution skills are essential for forging and stewarding successful relationships between people, communities, and organizations. Columbia University’s Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution prepares students to analyze the root causes and dynamics of conflict and to transform disputes through reasoned and resourceful interventions. With courses led by some of the world’s premier scholar-practitioners in negotiation and conflict resolution, the program focuses on developing self-awareness, tenacity, and interpersonal competency; building common ground; opening lines of communication; ensuring representation and recognition; and building sustainable possibilities for resolution. Flexible program options meet the needs of young and mid-career professionals as well as career-changing professionals.

Fast Facts

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Legacy Columbia University has a rich heritage in conflict resolution theory beginning with the work of Morton Deutsch, and is widely recognized as a leader in the discipline.
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Career Conflict resolution professionals work in a range of fields, including business, law, education, healthcare, and government.
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Impact Conflict resolution professionals regularly act as arbitrators, mediators, facilitators, and ombuds.
Program Options
Program Option Course Formats Program Start-Time Time Commitment
Master of Science (full-time)


Spring or Fall term

16-21 months

Master of Science (part-time)


Spring or Fall term

6-7 terms

Master of Science (part-time hybrid)

Online plus 3-week on-campus Intensive Study during summer

Spring term only

1 calendar year

Executive Education


May 11–22, 2020

2 weeks

* Select courses are available online or in hybrid format.

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As admissions to our programs are highly competitive, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Learn more about the application process, deadlines, and requirements.

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