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.

Students in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR) program come from a variety of backgrounds, geographies, and fields to hone and direct their skills as conflict resolution practitioners. Some bring this training back to their workplace to advance their careers, while others use their degree to pivot across sectors.

One of the many ways in which Columbia University’s M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program prepares its students for success as conflict resolution practitioners is by providing real-world peacebuilding experiences through summer practicum courses, formerly known as the International Fieldwork Experience. Students have the opportunity to gain experience by working with and learning from professionals already in the field. Students have worked in-person in South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Israel and Jordan, Uganda and remotely in North America.

As one of the most important real-life skills, conflict resolution can be applied in a variety of fields, including education, healthcare, law, business, and economics. The program allows students to choose among core areas of study, including conflict resolution within and between organizations and international development and peacebuilding.

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