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George Mason University — School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution

Program Type:
Master's International
School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution
Degrees Awarded:
Conflict Analysis and Resolution (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:
January 15 for fall entrance (all applicants);
October 1 for spring entrance (all applicants)
Admissions Cycle:
Semester (Fall and Spring)
Program Start:
Fall or spring
Program Founded:
December, 2009


Six semester hours of internship credit may be earned for the 27 month Peace Corps service; Master's International students will receive a tuition grant to cover these internship credits. At the practical level, volunteers will be equipped with the necessary tools for dealing with conflict surrounding matters of cultural sensitivity, discrimination, minority issues, and development, among others.

This program will also empower each volunteer with a knowledge base that will allow them to more effectively meet the challenges of navigating community issues of communication, public participation, and just governance that will inevitably arise during their field service.

Specific skills include: effective written and oral communication, the ability to recognize and articulate the core issues of a conflict situation, an understanding of structural and societal violence, acknowledgment of marginalized populations, and self-reflective performance in the field.


Master's International (MI), a joint program of Peace Corps and George Mason University, enables participants to prepare for Peace Corps Volunteer service while earning their Master's in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Participants apply separately to the Peace Corps and George Mason University to be accepted into the program. The M.S. in Conflict Analysis is comprised of a total of 41 credit hours including: 15 credits of core courses, 20 credits of elective courses, and six integrative credits, which will be fulfilled through Peace Corps Service.

Each student will develop a Plan of Study and discuss course options once each semester with his/her advisor, updating the plan as seemed appropriate. Students will complete 35 hours of coursework on campus; this can be completed in a year (including summer term) prior to Peace Corps service and one semester following Peace Corps services.

At least 6 credits will be earned during Peace Corps service, with reports submitted from the field. Students will return to campus to complete their capstone course as well as a final elective or independent study. George Mason University has a policy for adapting the needs of students who are unable to complete their Peace Corps Service.


  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission; nonrefundable application fee;
  • Application for Virginia In-State Rates for those students claiming eligibility for in-state tuition;
  • Original transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Resume; and
  • A goals statement.

Applications for admission to the M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution program are reviewed for admission to either the fall or spring semester, although new students may take their initial courses during the summer sessions. Students accepted into the program but waiting for notification of acceptance from the Peace Corps may begin their master's program, but will not be eligible for tuition support until they are accepted into the Peace Corps.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Lisa Shaw
Director of Field Experience

School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution
(Physical) 3330 N. Washington Blvd., Suite 700
(Mailing) 3351 N. Fairfax Drive, MS4D3
Arlington, Virginia 22201
(703) 993-7130
(703) 993-1302

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