Master of Science in Conflict Management

KSU has provided the Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) for over twenty years.  As a graduate student of the KSU program, you’ll be provided a solid grounding in the theory, research, and practice skills you’ll need to "manage conflict like a pro." 

The Conflict Management degree program provides you with enhanced credentials to pursue career advancement in an existing work environment. The primary objective of the Master's degree in Conflict Management is for you to:

  • Understand the nature of conflict from the perspective of multiple disciplines
  • Understand the continuum of responses to conflict
  • Possess the necessary skills to facilitate the management of various types of conflict
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and research conflict in an organizational environment
  • Demonstrate the ability to design conflict intervention procedures and strategies appropriate to a particular situation or environment
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the efficacy of a given intervention or system of interventions
  • Successfully participate in conflict management on a specific level in one or more environments.

What is Conflict Management?

Conflict Management is an innovative and exciting approach to understanding and addressing complex problems ranging from interpersonal to international. Conflict management professionals know to see the opportunities in conflict and the skills to create positive change.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face

Number of Credits Hours: 36 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall

Time to Complete: Two-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Priority, March 1st
  • Final, July 1st
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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MSCM program, the following application materials must be gathered by the student and submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions Kennesaw State University, 3391 Town Point Dr., MD 910 Kennesaw, GA 30144:

  • Application Form and Fee: An online graduate application should be filled out by the student. A non-refundable fee of $60 must be paid at time of application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcript for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses must be submitted.
  • Letter of Intent: An application letter that states the applicant’s interest and goals for the MSCM and the potential use of the degree.
  • Resume: A current resume is required.
  • Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential for graduate study and use of the MSCM degree from employers, supervisors, or professors familiar with the applicant’s ability.
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS score report: Students from countries where English is the primary or official language do not need to submit TOEFL scores. Students who have an accredited US degree also do not need to submit TOEFL scores.
  • Immunization Requirement: see Graduate Admissions.

*International applicants have additional requirements; see Graduate Admissions section of this catalog.

Consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record, test scores, letters of recommendation, resume, and typed personal statement and objectives. However, when there is a conflict in the predictions of success from the GPA and test score, exceptions may be made if the applicant’s educational background, excellence in performance in business and professional activities, creativity and leadership, or experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution indicates success in the program. In reviewing the academic work of applicants, the junior/senior adjusted grade point average for all applicants will be considered. In cases where the applicant has done additional accredited undergraduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree or has done accredited graduate work, the most recent two-year adjusted GPA will be used in the admissions consideration.

An applicant will not be admitted until a completed application, application fee, letter of intent, current resume, two letters of recommendation, valid Immunization Certificate, official test score, and official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses have been received and evaluated.

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases:
MSCM courses are closed for admission to any student not currently enrolled in the MSCM program; however, any student admitted to graduate study at KSU may request “permission of the instructor” to enroll. This is up to the discretion of the faculty of record in the course and the MSCM program director.

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Conflict Management Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

What can you do with a Conflict Management degree?

Below are titles of recent graduates from the conflict management degree program at KSU:

  • Patient Care Advocate
  • Diplomat
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Humanitarian Relief Specialist
  • Child Advocate
  • Juvenile Court Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Victim-Witness Advocate
  • Crisis Negotiator
  • CIA, FBI, Homeland Security

Conflict Management Salary and Career Information


School of Conflict Management Peacebuilding, and Development

Kennesaw State University
School of Conflict Management Peacebuilding, and Development
3201 Campus Loop Road
MD #5900
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470-578-6299

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