MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence and MA in International Public Policy, KDI School of Government, South Korea

What is a dual degree?

Students in dual degree programs fulfill the complete requirements for each degree, earning degrees for both programs.

What is a joint degree?

Joint degree programs are created by special agreement between programs, allowing students to fulfill a modified set of requirements. Please note that students in joint degree programs earn only one degree.

Introduction

The dual degree program offered by the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and KDI School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea, addresses the world's need for professionals who can skillfully integrate conflict resolution skills into public policy practice. These two skill sets are strongly needed in the conflict resolution field; where post conflict countries must rebuild their society with public policies that lead to peace, and where policy minded peace professionals can help institute policies that lead a society towards peace before conflict erupts. Participants earn an MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at the Heller School and a Master's in International Public Policy from KDI.

Program Description

The program is designed to be two years in length including two summers, and requires a minimum of 79 credits. All courses are offered in English.

Participants spend a year at the Heller School. They learn the foundations of coexistence and conflict resolution from August to May and then embark on their COEX Practicum during the summer (May to August). Participants also spend a year at KDI School studying public policy.

Curriculum

Students may begin their first year in the program at the Heller School or at KDI. Below is a sample recommended course sequence for students beginning the program at the Heller School.

First Year - Heller School (40 credits minimum)

Fall (16 credits minimum)

Spring (16 credits minimum)

Summer (12 credits)

  • Three-month COEX Practicum and Master's Paper. Students may choose from the following field options:

    • Internship
    • Field Project
    • Independent Field Research

Second Year - Master of International Public Policy, KDI, South Korea (39 credits)

Fall (12 credits)

  • Analysis of Market and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
  • Language of Public Policy and Management  (3 credits)

  • Korean Language and Culture I (3 credits)

Spring (12-15 credits)

  • Concentration Courses - students may choose a maximum of two concentrations from the following:

    • Finance and Macroeconomic Policy
    • Trade and Industry Policy
    • Public Finance and Social Policy
    • Regional Development and Environment Policy
  • Elective Courses

Summer (12-15 credits)

  • Concentration Courses - students may choose a maximum of two concentrations from the following:

    • Finance and Macroeconomic Policy
    • Trade and Industry Policy
    • Public Finance and Social Policy
    • Regional Development and Environment Policy
  • Elective Courses