Brandeis University

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About COEX


The Master's Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) is designed for early and mid-career professionals who work within governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations or related fields, such as security and diplomacy, aid and development, human rights, democracy work, education, civil society and community development. Students are trained in theoretical and practical issues of coexistence in divided societies. The goal is to enhance the capabilities of students to promote coexistence and conflict prevention through their work in governmental and non-governmental institutions and provide them with the professional skills to design and implement successful interventions that enable groups, nations and regions to embrace coexistence values.

Our students come from a variety of institutions, including government and intergovernmental personnel and military and financial institutions. We have welcomed diplomats, journalists, lawyers, artists and aid and development workers, as well as people working in the donor and NGO worlds.

The curriculum includes an academic year in residence followed by six months of combined fieldwork and final paper, leading either to an internship report, a master's paper or master's thesis.  It is designed to help students develop the ability to foster inter-communal and international cooperation in the face of tension and conflict. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing from fields as diverse as social psychology, international politics, sociology, law, anthropology and cultural studies.