Three-Pronged Methodology

Three-Pronged MethodologyThe MSCM program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective conflict management practitioners by using a three-pronged approach:

  • Balancing Theory
  • Research
  • Practice

Students are firmly grounded in the theoretical constructs of the field during the first semester of the program. In the second and third semesters, students learn how to conduct research and apply the theories of the field to specific practice areas: interpersonal, intergroup, community, workplace/organizational, intercultural and international. In the fourth semester students select an application area in which to specialize through research or an internship.

A hallmark of the MSCM program is the field study students perform during the final semester. This experience, which affords students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained over the course of the program to a specific environment, prepares them to face the challenges of our complex global environment. Students are able to choose an area of the field in which to research or perform an internship, based on their unique interests in the field and their professional goals.

"Course assignments seek to blend methodological rigor with practical relevance. We endeavor to prepare our graduates to be thoughtful, competent and conscientious practitioners of conflict and conflict intervention."
-Dr. Timothy Hedeen, Full Professor of Conflict Management