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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

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

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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.

Upcoming Events

Join us for information sessions as well as forums, talks, and webinars on foundational and emerging topics in the field.

Webinar Recordings

This series presents an inside view on the diversity of work that is currently taking place in the conflict resolution field.

Watch Past Events

Watch past guest speakers, commemorative events, and talks.

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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Learn more about Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University School of Professional Studies, or contact the program admissions counselor.

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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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