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Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

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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. The part-time program is available in two modalities: on-campus* and hybrid option. On-campus part-time students take their classes on Columbia’s New York City campus. This modality takes 6-7 terms to complete, and fall or spring entry is available.

Hybrid Option

The part-time hybrid program option consists of online courses and a 3-week on-campus Intensive Study session.

The hybrid program takes four semesters to complete.  Spring and fall entry is available.

Students who start in the spring will have a three-week on-campus Intensive Study in summer.  Students who start in the fall will have a three-week on-campus Intensive Study in spring. The Intensive Study terms are full-time semesters with required in-person classes.  

*Select courses are available online or in hybrid format.

At a Glance

In This Master’s Program, You Will...

  • Learn from the world’s premier scholar-practitioners in negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • Practice negotiation and conflict resolution in a wide array of settings and contexts, providing an easier transfer of these skills.
  • Join Columbia's robust academic and professional communities, and gain access to the internship, fieldwork, and career opportunities that these networks may bring.
  • Understand the root causes and dynamics of conflict and how to work through disputes through reasoned and resourceful negotiation.
  • Select one or more core areas of focus from options including: local and community dispute resolution; international development and peacebuilding; and conflict resolution within and between organizations.
  • Have access to mentorship and career guidance from the highest levels of the program and across faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Complete an in-depth Capstone Project in which you will apply theoretical understanding and a research-supported pragmatic approach to transform real-world conflict.

Program Features Include…

  • A dynamic curriculum encompassing pragmatic approaches to resolving conflicts in areas such as human resource management, community and labor organization, education and health administration, and law and business.
  • An esteemed faculty of scholar-practitioners who bring practical experience into the classroom.
  • A cross-program focus on constructive communication, ethical understanding, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and resolving conflicts in ways that are favorable to all parties.
  • Access to a diverse alumni network, including those who are working in local, national, and international organizations.
  • Exclusive events, some in conjunction with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) and the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR).
  • Practical tools and theoretical frameworks to accelerate your career and achieve your professional goals.

Who Should Apply?

  • Early career professionals who want to gain important negotiation and conflict resolution skills to succeed in any role and field.
  • Mid-career professionals who want to enhance and extend their expertise to accelerate their career and impact.
  • Career-changing professionals who want to develop new and effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills and are looking for a strong platform from which to negotiate new organizational relationships and career opportunities.
  • Those who are working in or who wish to work in the field of conflict resolution and want to enhance their effectiveness by expanding their repertoire of concepts, skills, and practices.


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