Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES) Master's Program

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Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master's Program

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Become the expert everyone needs.

Conflict is a part of the human experience. Conflict resolution is the art of resolving conflict in healthy, mutually respectful ways.

Partnered with Oregon Law’s nationally ranked Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, the Conflict and Dispute Resolution (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.

CRES Annual Report

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


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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

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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
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Public Interest

Restorative Justice

Training and Education

Learn More About CRES Skills in the Workplace

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, International Studies, Environmental Studies, Community and Regional Planning, Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Education, and Journalism.

CRES Concurrent Degrees

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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

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