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CRES Final Project

 Thesis l Terminal Project l Course Concentration  l Advisors

Your master’s degree culminates with a final project, which can take the form of a thesis, terminal project, or course concentration. This culminating work reflects your career goals and demonstrates the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the CRES program.

Like conflict resolution, final projects range in topic and touch many other disciplines. Each option provides the opportunity to work with a faculty advisor and/or committee to further explore your interests. We suggest that you use the final project as a tool for your next step after grad school – a job! 


In this formal theoretical paper, you’ll explore your original research question. Your thesis may be a literature review, policy paper, academic article, or another approved approach. If you’re planning to build a career in academia or plan to pursue studies in a doctoral program you may be especially interested in this option.

All theses are accessible through the UO Library and Scholar’s Bank. Thesis examples:

  • A Solution Under Pressure: Integrating Facilitative Practices into Water-Related Civil Litigations
  • A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy: How Twitter Encourages Harassment (And How to Fix It)
  • Protecting the Past for a Better Future: Protecting Palestinian Cultural Heritage
  • Reducing the Trauma: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Disaster Relief Efforts
  • Restorative Justice In Cases Of Sexual Misconduct At The University Of Oregon: Risks, Rewards, And Challenges
  • The Application and Effects of Service Dog Training by Inmates to Self-Perception and Self-Other Overlap as a Rehabilitative Approach to Incarceration

Terminal Project

You’ll focus on the application of practice-oriented learning. A terminal project could include the design of a project or the implementation of the project. Examples include the creation of a handbook, creation and delivery of curriculum, program evaluation, a podcast, white papers, a short film, a systems-level dispute resolution instrument, and more.

Terminal Project Examples:

  • Black and Blue: How the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement Addressed Police-Community Relations and Social Trust with the African American Community
  •  Conflict Resolution Activities for Middle School Skill-Building: Review of Research and Theoretical Foundation
  • Implementing a Community-Based Forest Collaborative Group: Design and Outcomes
  • R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find Out What It Means for Cheese: An Organizational Assessment of Cheese Mongers of Santa Fe
  •  This Was Not in the Contract: A Survival Guide to Roommate Negotiation

Course Concentration:

You’ll work with an advisor to find courses that will give you specialized or domain-specific knowledge that complements your conflict resolution education. You’ll select three to four courses, totaling at least nine credits. You’ll also take Academic Capstone where you’ll explore the interdisciplinary nature of conflict resolution, write a final paper, and defend your project. 

    Course Concentration Examples:

    • Integrative Business Entrepreneurship
    • Narrative and Persuasion: Storytelling for Advocates
    • Sport Conflicts in the Digital Age: The Case for an Independent Alternative Dispute Resolution Body for E-Sport Gaming Competitions
    • Violence, Trauma, and Its Impact on Youth
    •  Working Within the System: Understanding How Policies, Structures, and Culture Influence the Operations of the University Ombuds


    Below are some resources for faculty who are advising CRES final projects.