Frequently Asked Questions

  • Conflict Management is an interdisciplinary field. We have graduates in almost every industry you can imagine. Some options incude human resources, mediation, arbitration, ombudsry, negotiation, or counseling work, among others.

  • In court systems, human resources, as private consultants, international NGOs, domestic non-profit organizations, corporate offices, healthcare organizations, etc... Our graduates are very diverse in their interests, and their locations of employment are just as varied.

  • Our students have a variety of backgrounds: Criminal Justice, Psychology/Counseling, Business, Law, Healthcare, Education, Fine Arts, Marketing, Public Relations, Communication, International Affairs, Public Policy, Finance, Human Resources, and more.
  • We take pride in the fact that our cohorts are very diverse, which creates a uniquely enriching learning environment. Approximately 25-30% of each cohort is made up of international students. Age and experience range from recent undergraduates to seasoned professionals with 20 or 30 years of experience. The average student age for our cohorts is usually between 30-45 years of age.
  • Since a diverse cohort is extremely important for this program, we want to know how you can contribute to the cohort and how you plan to use a degree in Conflict Management.
  • 16 months. Students begin in August and graduate together the following December.
  • Yes. This is an "executive-style" program. Classes are offered on alternating weekends and most of our students are full-time employees.
  • Since this is an accelerated, 16-month program, we suggest that students clear their calendars (other than work and family commitments) for the duration of the program. The program is intense, but manageable with a typical 40-50 hour work week..
  • The M.S. in Conflict Management made the College Choice list for year 2018 and year 2020 Top 10 for Best Master's Degrees in Negotiation and Conflict Management. Of the schools listed, Kennesaw State University is the #1 public school on the list and one of the most affordable! In addition, you will gain a unique skillset that is transferrable to any industry. The skills you learn will also aid in your personal life and development.
  • Conflict is everywhere. Learning effective skills to analyze and intervene in conflict situations is a highly useful skillset. The program is balanced in covering research, theory, and practice. With over 100 hours of skills clinics, you will have ample opportunity to work one-on-one with professionals in the field who will help coach you in transferring theory to practice.
  • We have two embedded certificates to choose from within the program: The Justice and Organizations Certificate and The International Conflict Management Certificate. The Justice and Organizations Certificate provides students additional specialist training in skills related to organization conflict management and dispute resolution to prepare students to work in court systems as well as public, private, and non-profit sectors. The International Conflict Management Certificate provides additional knowledge and skills development to prepare student to work effectively in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international corprate settings.

    For more information on our embedded certificates, please see our Embedded Certificates page.

  • In addition to our faculty, we have a Career Services Center, whose staff are extremely familiar with the field and will help you in planning a career. We also host networking opportunities for current students and alumni.
  • In court systems, human resources management offices, as private consultants, with internationals NGOs, domestic non-profit organizations, in academia, etc... Our graduates are very diverse in their interests, and their places of employment are just as varied.

    Read our Alumni Testimonials page for more stories. 

  • There is a field work requirement in the final seemster. These internships may take any number of forms, depending on specific student intersts.
  • If pursuing doctoral level work after completing the MSCM is of interest of you, our faculty will work with you to guide your final semester research project. The Ph.D in International Conflict Management is a great next step for MSCM graduates.
  • Many MSCM graduates have gone on to pursue a doctoral degree. Some fields (i.e. counseling and psychology) have specific graduate degree requirements. Discuss plans for a doctoral degree with the Director prior to enrollment.
  • Our faculty interests and areas of research/consulting work is as varied as our students' intersts. From environmental conflicts to international disputs, law, healthcare, and security issues, among many others.

    See our faculty publications page for links to some of our faculty's published articles.

  • We offer a few Graduate Assistanships to students every semester. Students interested in these positions should speak to the Director early each semester to apply. In addition, there are many scholarships we encourage our students to apply for. We also have one in-house Conflict Management scholarship awarded annually during the summer semester.
  • We have five dedicated faculty members. Each cohort is limited to 25 students.
  • We have an excellent retention and graduation rate of over 90%.
  • Our graduates belong to a number of professional organizations, including the Association for Conflict Resolution. Other organizations vary depending on individual areas of interest.