Columbia University offers a Master of Science program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. This program teaches students how to understand the causes of conflicts and how to resolve them effectively.
For full-time students, classes are held on Columbia’s New York City campus, either in the evenings or on weekends, starting in the Fall semester.
Part-time students have two options: on-campus or hybrid. On-campus part-time students also study on the New York City campus and complete the program in 6-7 terms, with the choice of starting in the fall or spring.
The hybrid program takes four semesters and includes online courses and a 3-week on-campus Intensive Study session in the summer. New students begin in the Spring semester with online classes and then join on-campus for the Intensive Study. This part requires full-time attendance.
The curriculum focuses on practical conflict resolution in various fields, including human resource management, community and labor organization, education, health administration, law, and business. It emphasizes communication, ethics, cultural awareness, and resolving conflicts for the benefit of all parties involved.
To earn the Master’s degree, students must complete 40 credits and meet certain GPA requirements in 3-4 terms. Classes are mainly held in the evenings and on weekends, with schedules provided in advance. Attendance, participation, and assignments are mandatory.
Admitted students must pay a nonrefundable deposit by a specified deadline to secure their spot in the program. Tuition and fees may change and require approval by the Board of Trustees.