Studying Conflict Management

Is this program the right fit?

The ICM’s master’s degree, certificate, research and conference offerings model best practices in conflict management and instruct participants in more cost effective and efficient solutions for unresolved conflict. Students in the academic programs of Conflict Management fit the following profile:

  • Average age of 42 with average work experience of 15+ years in respective fields (newly-minted college grads and "retired" professionals are also represented in our cohorts)
  • Seeking a differentiating skill set of problem solving and communication techniques to manage complexity
  • Background in human resources, management, law, medical practice, communications, government, military and education
  • Schedule that accommodates monthly in-class time (Fridays and Saturdays) with out-of-class independent study

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Admission, Tuition, and Financial Aid

Admission is based on a combination of many factors, including professional experience, an individual's statement of purpose, past academic study and references. Look for the complete list of requirements in the application process, and give yourself several weeks to gather and submit needed documents.

Tuition reflects premium faculty expertise from across the United States. For the 2016-2017 academic year, tuition for conflict management courses is approximately $1,290 per credit hour. A 3-credit hour course is $3,870 and partial scholarships are available. Payment is due prior to each class or at the start of the term.

Financial assistance options include student loans through Office of Financial Aid, corporate partnership matches, graduate assistantships, scholarships, and Office of Veterans Services (Yellow Ribbon Program).

Graduate-level academic programs

  • Master of Arts in Conflict Management (10 courses). This is a 30 hour non-thesis or thesis program, requiring students to take the first three courses in succession, followed by a settings-based course, (same as above) and will work with the ICM Academic Director to develop a customized pathway for upper-level study. The final stage of the Masters program will require students to apply learning in the context of both a project and externship (non-thesis option) or thesis.
  • Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management (5 courses). This academic program consists of 15 hours of coursework. The Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management provides students with a core understanding of the principles of conflict management by requiring students to take the first three courses in succession, followed by a settings-based course, and one upper-level course or internship course.

We welcome all interested individuals and applicants. Please contact Danielle Nichols ( or 615.966.7226 for more information.