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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. This requires creative use of theoretical understanding, communication, and problem-solving skills, and the sheer tenacity to work through the many issues that can complicate negotiations. With courses led by some of the world’s premier scholar-practitioners in negotiation and conflict resolution, the program focuses on developing self-awareness and interpersonal competency, building common ground, opening lines of communication, ensuring representation and recognition, building lasting relationships, and the ability to build sustainable possibilities for resolution .

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 Required Experience Course Formats Time Commitment
Master of Science (full-time)

Young and mid-career professionals and career-changing professionals


16-21 months

Master of Science (full-time hybrid)

Young and mid-career professionals and career-changing professionals

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

1 calendar year

Master of Science (part-time)

Young and mid-career professionals and career-changing professionals


6-7 terms

Executive Education

Interest or experience in youth leadership


2 weeks

* Select courses are available online or in hybrid format.

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