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Curriculum & Courses

Curriculum Overview

The 36-point (credit) 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. In order to receive the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, students must complete 36 points (credits) for degree completion and all requirements within 3–4 terms with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.

Classes are mostly held in the evenings and on weekends. Course meeting schedules vary between classes and are posted in advance of the term so that students can plan accordingly. The capstone thesis follows three required, sequential courses. Attendance and participation are required in all classes. Students are also expected to devote significant time to completing reading and written assignments, group work as applicable and projects outside of class.

Core Courses

Capstone Courses

Elective Courses



Social Justice

*Option to take up to 3 courses (9 credits) outside of the NECR program - Pre-approved Columbia University courses from: School of Professional Studies, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Business School, Columbia Law School, Columbia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Teachers College, Columbia Journalism School, Mailman School of Public Health.

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.


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