About the Conflict & Dispute Resolution Program

Become the expert EVERYONE needs.

The Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s Program – known to insiders as CRES – is a two-year, full-time program. Here, you develop the conceptual knowledge and practical skills that you will need to meet the challenges that emerge due to conflict. The program is composed of four parts:

Core Courses (33 credits): In your first year of the CRES program, you complete a set of compulsory, foundational courses together with the members of your cohort, including traditional mediation, negotiation, ethics, cross-cultural competency, and third-party dynamics in conflict resolution. You can read more about these courses here.

Electives (20 credits): With the breadth of the University of Oregon at your fingertips, you can deepen your understanding of conflict and dispute resolution across disciplines, choosing electives in fields such as sociology, psychology, business, international studies, economics, public administration, and more.

Internships (8 credits): Unique to the CRES program, you will gain at least 320 hours of practical, hands-on internship experience in conflict and dispute resolution in order to graduate. Our skilled staff and career center work with you to secure internships in the field or fields of your choice, locally, out-of-state, or even internationally. You can learn more, here.

Final Project (9 credits): Your master’s degree culminates with a final project, which can take the form of a thesis (9 credits), terminal project (9 credits), or course concentration (9 credits). This culminating work reflects your career goals and demonstrates the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the CRES program. You can peruse examples of final projects here.

Concurrent Degrees

The skills and knowledge you gain as a Conflict and Dispute Resolution master’s student can be applied across a variety of fields and professions. Through the CRES program, you have the opportunity to combine your passions by pursuing concurrent degrees. You can find out more about how concurrent degrees work here.

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