Integral Studies in Conflict and Leadership


The next generation of organizational leaders, change agents, and conflict resolution practitioners requires “next generation” skills in critical thinking, perspective, and communication.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to effectively handle increasingly complex strategic, operational, organizational, and relationship problems at work, in the community, and at home.

Organizations of all shapes and sizes look for employees who “work smarter.”   They look for people who have a greater capacity to meet challenges successfully and add value to their work for the organization.

Integral Studies in Conflict and Leadership

The leaders we need will be called upon to improve how we work, how we solve problems, and how we make decisions together. Successful leadership will require the ability and vision to anticipate challenges and seize opportunities, whether strategic or tactical, short-term or long-term, internal or external to the organization.

Our leadership program takes an integral and developmental perspective preparing students to be artful organizational leaders, change agents, and conflict resolution practitioners. Our students become:

  • comfortable with ambiguity and complexity,
  • skilled at taking and using multiple perspectives,
  • informed about and practiced in supporting adult development,
  • expert in collaborative problem-solving, and
  • skilled in balancing and facilitating the needs of diverse populations.

Masters and Certificate Programs

Online-based Masters or Graduate Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Engagement
For prospective students interested in conflict management and conflict resolution

Online-based Masters or Graduate Certificate in Management and Leading Change
For prospective students interested in leadership, management, and business administration.  

Within these programs the following specializations are offered.


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Contact: Rob McLaughlin
Phone: 937-769-1816
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What Is Distinctive About Our Programs?

Our master’s degree and graduate certificate programs engage the whole person, by supporting critical thinking, personal development, and transformational approaches to leadership, conflict engagement, and adult learning.

We support you with a strong academic education and real-world applications so you can successfully take on the professional challenges and rewards ahead of you.

What is distinctive about our program - leadershipIn addition to gaining graduate-level mastery in course content areas, students in our programs:

  • Learn more effective ways to assess and resolve the challenges of conflict and organizational issues
  • Acquire powerful communication skills
  • Gain greater capacity for perspective-taking
  • Develop their powers of observation

Our students achieve greater influence within their organizations because they learn the best practices that are fundamental to leadership excellence and successful conflict analysis and engagement. Students not only study pioneers in a wide array of discipline, such as Jack Mezirow, Robert Kegan, Ken Wilber, BillTorbert, Bernie Mayer, Richard Barrett, Ron Heifetz, Donald Schon, and Leslie Combs, but also interact during the program with some of these great theorists and practitioners.   Read about our entire ISCL Faculty.

There are three unique hallmarks to our programs:

Our online classes and residencies offer a unique learning environment, one that is a distinct and individualized balance of challenge and support. Our approach is to meet students at their current level of understanding and at the same time challenge the limits of that understanding toward greater effectiveness and success.

To enroll in our Management & Leading Change or our Conflict Analysis & Engagement program is to accept our invitation to join us on a transformational journey, where the destination is your own success and effectiveness in management, leading change, or intervening in conflict. This transformation happens in our residencies, our online virtual classrooms, our communities of practice and in your own thinking, writing, and conversations with your peers and instructors.

Join us and become more than who you think you are! Become more of who you can be!

Read More About Our Unique Hallmarks

An Integral Approach

An outlook that employs only one approach or perspective limits our capacity to understand and manage the complex dimensions that underlie every situation. To be effective, we must arrive at a more complete understanding. An Integral approach provides a way to see and organize multiple perspectives in order to more successfully

  1. identify and investigate essential aspects of complex situations
  2. analyze the evolution, interaction, and impact of essential aspects on the situation
  3. develop comprehensive strategies that address all aspects
  4. implement and model comprehensive interventions
  5. and integrate the multiple perspectives of meaning and experience essential to designing and guiding innovative work.

Transformational Action Inquiry

Engaging in transformational action inquiry leads to new and more productive forms of thinking and communicating, encourages new discoveries in ourselves and others, which in turn opens doors to new learning and growth. Transformational action inquiry, in contrast to traditional reflective practice approaches, asks us to go beyond simply gathering more information to

  1. unpack and challenge your assumptions
  2. investigate new questions
  3. consider multiple perspectives and hypotheses
  4. understand and use multiple communication styles
  5. and seek new information about yourself and others.

We support you in this journey by guiding you to a new and more powerful form of understanding and increased “reflection in action,” leading to more successful relationships and more rewarding work.

A Developmental Curriculum

The developmental curriculum of our two master’s programs is founded on one basic principle: In order to encourage growth, an environment must offer an optimal balance of challenge and support.

As our world and its problems become more complex, it is essential that our capacity to understand and manage them also becomes more complex. Think of our developmental curriculum as a bridge – a structure firmly anchored in your current frame of reference as well as in the one toward which you are headed. This bridge fulfills the essential requirements of meeting and supporting you where you are, and guiding and accompanying you toward where you want to be, supporting you to develop stronger capacities and effectiveness in your personal and professional life.

Low Residency Benefits

Master of Arts students complete a three-day residency before each semester while they are in the program.

Other than these short residencies the program is entirely online and can be completed from your own home and community.

Residencies are an important component of the integrated 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

The residencies are hosted at Grailville in Loveland, Ohio. Grailville is a retreat center located 35 miles from Cincinnati.

Career Opportunities

Conflict professionals can be found in any discipline or line of work. Here are a few of the opportunities available to someone with a degree in Integral Studies in Conflict and Leadership.

Diplomat/Peace Builder

  • Government (domestic and abroad; EU, NATO, OSME)
  • NGOs (non-governmental organizations)


  • Churches
  • Education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • the Community


  • Private practice
  • Law
  • Education
  • Insurance
  • Business
  • the Community


  • Business/Labor Union
  • Law Enforcement
  • Military

Program Requirements To Enter and Complete the Program

The Master of Arts degree in Conflict Analysis and Engagement and in Management and Leading Change are 33 semester credits and can be completed in one to two years depending on the number of courses taken each semester.

In addition to meeting the course, practicum and capstone requirements of their selected program, all students are required to take three designated Institute for Leading Change (ILC) skill building workshops, and attend a three day residency each semester.

Graduate certificates are 9 semester credits and although certificate students are not required to attend residency it is highly recommended.

All programs requires significant computer use and students should be proficient accessing the Internet and using common computer programs. Students must own their own computer and webcam to avoid relying on equipment that has public or limited access.

Application Requirements
Applicants to the Master of Arts and Graduate Certificate programs should hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and be able to read, write and speak English. Applicants should submit a completed application, application fee, resume, goal statement and an official bachelor’s degree transcript from the accredited conferring institution.

For more information or to apply now, contact:
Rob McLaughlin
ISCL Enrollment Manager