Details at a Glance
Four Decades of Excellence
Conflict is part of daily life, from interpersonal, dysfunctional workplaces, polarized social and political issues to complex problems of inequality, war, and justice. As the effects of violence and deeply rooted differences are felt, we see a need for local and global collaboration, problem solving, and peacebuilding.
As a part of Virginia’s largest public research university, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution prepares our graduate students for further academic work and careers in government agencies, international peacebuilding, the private sector, community centers, educational institutions and other settings where peacebuilding skills are in demand.
Our interdisciplinary faculty are committed to innovative teaching and cutting-edge research, moving the educational experience beyond the classroom. Students gain skills and experience through service and experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for meaningful careers.
We encourage you to join us as we build on our strong tradition of excellence in education as the first and foremost academic institution in the field of peace and conflict studies.
· Ranked #1 in the country for conflict resolution and mediation.
· First university in North America to offer an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
· Flexible curriculum designed for working professionals.
· Masters’ students have the option to apply for either the online or in-person program.
· Small dialogue-based seminars and courses allow students to work closely with faculty.
· Our world-recognized faculty have authored definitive texts on such topics as culture, social identity, narrative, religion, history and education, gender, and peacebuilding.
· The D.C. area is a hub for peacebuilding practice and policy. Our students gain practical experience in government, nonprofit, education, and business. While many of our graduate students are working adults 100% participate in one of our field-based experiences, which may include internships, engaging practice and study abroad.
· Students acquire solid grounding in theory and practice and learn the newest ideas in the field.
· Students are encouraged to participate in faculty-led trips, including locations such as Malta, Eritrea, Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Indonesia, Italy, Northern Ireland and many more
· Our graduates enter the workforce with the hard skills and needed competencies that employers demand: Analytical Writing, Cross-Cultural Understanding, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, Ethical Research, Problem Solving, and Leadership Skills.
Putting Passion into Action
Faculty and students hail from several academic disciplines, such as sociology, law, communications, international relations, anthropology, philosophy, social psychology, and political science. Coursework covers themes of:
· Mediation Skills, Community Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
· The Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security, and Justice
· Gender, Religion, Culture, Identity, and Conflict
· Organizational Conflict and Multicultural Negotiation
· Narrative and Dialogic Discourse Theory and Practice
· Human Rights, Social Justice, Advocacy and Activism
· Action Research Theory and Practice
· Post Conflict Stabilization and Reconstruction