Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance at the University of Massachusetts Boston

  • MA


United States

About Us

The Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance encompasses graduate programs that address the interpersonal, organization, political, and economic forces that shape societies, both locally and globally. Working at the intersection of theory and practice, our students develop the skills and insights needed to play an active role in that process.

Conflict Resolution

The Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution are designed to allow students and professionals to explore the practice, design, and evaluation of a variety of conflict management and resolution applications; and in-depth investigation of conflict in specific settings. Students learn about the causes, dynamics, and consequences of conflict in different settings, from organizational to international. Classes are scheduled in the late afternoon, evening and on weekends to accommodate working professionals.The Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution program offers a range of concentrations leading to a variety of certificate options.The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program is a two-year, interdisciplinary, professional degree program. The program offers concentrations in organizational conflict and international conflict.

International Relations

The International Relations MSPA program is a two-year, interdisciplinary, professional degree program. It was introduced in 2001 to add a global dimension to the McCormack Graduate School’s offerings in public service. Our alumni, prepared both to think theoretically and to apply the tools and methodologies to analyze a wide range of international public policy issues, have gone on to a variety of positions in both the public and private sectors within the United States and abroad.

Global Governance and Human Security

The new PhD Program in Global Governance and Human Security opened its doors to its first cohort in fall 2012. The goal of this new program is to prepare students to be creative problem solvers and equip them with knowledge and skills needed to address a number of contemporary global concerns. The new program will focus on outcomes that matter most to individuals—a secure form of economic welfare and human development, ecological sustainability, public health, education, human rights, and political freedom— and on the interrelationships among them. The program’s primary tracks will mirror the interconnected strands of a set of global issues: conflict resolution, the environment, gender, human rights and human security, global political economy, human development, and global public health. Students who wish to explore a new area of inquiry can elect to develop their own track and course of study.


Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development Promoting conflict resolution, democracy, economic development, education building, media development, and legal and judicial reform through partnerships and training programs across the globe.

Center for Governance and Sustainability Linking analytical rigor and policy action in environmental, developmental and sustainability governance globally through state-of-the-art research, interactive dialogue, and comprehensive training for innovative leadership.