Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES) Master's Program

Two students face to face negotiating or discussing a serious matter in a classroom

Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master's Program

How to Apply   |  Class Profile   |  Paying for CRES   |  Degree Requirements   |  Specializations   |  Concurrent Degrees   |  Practical Experience   |  Careers   |  Faculty   |  Visit Us   |  Request Information |   Meet the Team

Become the expert everyone needs.

Learn to transform organizations and relationships, address inequity, and reimagine conflict. The University of Oregon Conflict and Dispute Resolution master's (CRES) program prepares professionals from all disciplines to be collaborative problem-solvers in every aspect of society. Taught by top-ranked faculty from the School of Law, across campus, and beyond, our highly regarded curriculum provides you with the skills you need to become an effective negotiator, mediator, and facilitator.

Partnered with Oregon Law’s nationally ranked Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, the CRES program is intimate and intense. The faculty is passionate. The curriculum is deep. You will learn theory and put it into practice. You will stretch yourself to consider new perspectives on competition and cooperation, relationships and responsibility, and even war and peace.

People protesting with text that reads Reimagine Conflict. Master's Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. A top 10 nationally ranked program.
Reimagine Conflict

We live in an extraordinary time of division, strife, and conflict. It's time to reimagine these conflicts. Provide solutions. Learn to lead in your field.

Learn More

Student taking notes with a pen topped by a diamond-gem solitaire next to a University of Oregon School of Law folder

As a CRES student you'll join an exceptional cohort of fellow students. Because the skills we teach can be applied across many sectors, our program offers a broad range of practice areas in which you can focus your study.

Explore CRES Core Curriculum

Jen Reynolds working with a student on the computer

The strength of our program draws not only from our valuable partnerships and the quality of our students but is anchored in the deep knowledge, passion, and dedication of our faculty.

Meet our Faculty 

CRES Employment Stats: 45% Government, 19% Education, 16% Private Sector, 11% Nonprofit, 7% self-employed
Popular Career Areas




Public Interest

Restorative Justice

Training and Education

Learn More About CRES Skills in the Workplace

Photo of exterior of building with windows and text that reads "2020 CRES Annual Report: Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master's Program"
2020 CRES Annual Report

See some of the recent work done by faculty, students, and alumni in the CRES program.


Practical Experience

Inside the classroom

our core courses give you the fundamentals that you need to understand conflict and dispute resolution and its importance.

Outside the classroom

you will complete at least one internship, giving you the opportunity to put your learning into action.

This blend of practical and classroom-based learning means you leave the program ready to tackle conflict and dispute resolution in the real world.

Learn More About CRES Internships

Concurrent Degrees

As a Conflict and Dispute Resolution student, you have the option to pursue concurrent degrees, such as a JD and Master’s in four years, or two Masters’ degrees in three years. Likewise, students from other disciplines can add to their credentials and skills by pursuing a concurrent Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s degree.

Some of the commonly paired degrees include Law, Global Studies, Environmental Studies, Community and Regional Planning, Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Education, Strategic Communication, and Journalism.

CRES Concurrent Degrees

Student kneeling in a library aisle looking at an open book
Paying for Graduate School

A CRES degree is an investment in your future. Explore some of the ways to fund that investment.

Paying for School

CRES cohort 2019