M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

A Conflict Field Degree for a Complex World


In the Antioch tradition, the graduate degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution has transformative impacts on our adult students in their professional and personal performance, and in the increased capacity to understand and skills to deal with complex situations in ways sorely needed by those in conflict. And since conflicts arise in domestic, organizational, community, and society contexts, those who gain mastery through this professional degree have a wide range of career opportunities.

Our program is an innovative, student-centered, professional education for adults. You will learn and practice how to analyze, manage, and mediate conflicts. You will discover approaches to skillful communication that prevent unnecessary conflict and help manage and resolve existing conflicts. You will learn much more about “how things work” in our complicated world, and use these insights in every professional and personal setting. With mastery in this knowledge and these skills, you will help individuals and groups achieve their goals and healthier relationships at the same time you do, too!

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution is designed to accomplish the following learning outcomes so students graduate with demonstrable mastery.

1.  Think critically to integrate theory and practice tailored to diverse situations.

2. Analyze conflicted situations with critical assessment of their multiple complex causes.

3. Predict or anticipate diverse behavioral responses to conflict, and their motivations.

4. Design interventions that incorporate multiple perspectives and styles of engaging conflict.

5. Communicate ethically and strategically to conduct effective inquiry and interventions.

6. Continuously improve their social effectiveness through critical reflective practices that strengthen personal development.


Master’s Degree Requirements (36 semester credits)

  • 33 or 30 credits in online courses (10 or 11 courses)
  • 3 or 6 credits in online capstone experience (3 cr seminar or 6 cr thesis)
  • 36 total semester credits
  • Brief on-campus residencies: 2-day residency before each semester (3 days for new students), residencies are generally held on weekends
  • Three 3-day skill building workshops

Students enrolled in this degree program are required to attend the in-person, on-site residency at the beginning of each semester. The balance of the program is entirely online using our online learning platform and can be completed from your own home and community.


Low Residency Benefits

Residencies are an important component of the coursework.

The residencies contribute to the development of a learning community, which helps to sustain the student during the at-home portion of the academic program.

The low residency model provides the:

  • Ability to participate from home or anywhere in the world that has Internet access
  • Opportunity to complete a graduate program while continuing to meet obligations to family, work and community
  • Venue to engage with leading scholars in the field

Residencies are hosted on AUM’s campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

For more information about Low-Residency programs at Antioch University Midwest, click here.