MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

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MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

Promoting sustainable coexistence through policy, expertise, and leadership to meet the challenges of intercommunal and societal conflicts.

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We are delighted to welcome you to the Master's Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at the Heller School, which operates as a close-knit family in a warm and intellectually stimulating environment where learning and success is our first goal. Our mission is to enhance the capabilities of students to promote coexistence 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.

The History and Future of the Coex Program

Peace Studies

Students from around the world join us to master the fundamentals of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Courses, fieldwork and events prepare them for a lifelong career to promote coexistence values as responsible leaders and facilitators in conflict transformation.

Peace Research

Faculty are leading experts in conflict theory and intervention. As researchers and practitioners, they provide students with a unique blend of cutting-edge knowledge and know-how that our graduates apply to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflicts.

Conflict Resolution

Students spend three months in the field integrated in peacebuilding organizations (NGO, government or international agency) or conducting independent research. Upon their return to Boston, they share their findings at a capstone with faculty, fellow students, alumni and partners.

The Master's Coex Program Offers

  • A solid grounding in contemporary and developing theories on the causes of intercommunal conflicts, from the local to the global.
  • Emphasis on the skills needed to design strategic interventions that prevent, mitigate or resolve intercommunal conflicts and violence.
  • A focus on mainstreaming coexistence and conflict knowledge and skills within governments and international and inter-governmental organizations.
  • A wide choice of electives, including language courses that are relevant to participants' career interests.
  • A master's field project in an area of conflict or with an organization involved in coexistence and conflict interventions.
  • Dialogue and mediation skills designed for work in intercommunal conflict situations.
  • Evaluation skills to help assess the success of conflict interventions.
  • Partnership skills in delivering coexistence work through democracy, security, legislative, mediative, human rights, political, equity and development work.

Degree Programs

The Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Master of Arts Program (COEX)

The Dual Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (SIDCO)

The Dual degree in MBA Nonprofit Management and MA Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (MBA/COEX)

The Joint Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence in the Middle East (CONEJ, with the Near East and Judaic Studies Department).

The Dual degree in International Law and Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (with UPEACE Costa Rica).

Extended Enrichment Semester Programs in:

  • Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Management
  • Sustainable International Development

Full Scholarships 2016-2017

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Our interactive map shows where our students come from and where our alumni are working

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Visit Heller

Visit Heller

We offer a variety of opportunities to connect with us, including Visit Days, Virtual Events, and our annual Fall Open House, all of which enable you to learn about our program offerings and the admissions process. You can also meet us on the road, both in the US and at select international locations. Learn more and register online.

"While I ran to war, she ran from it."

"While I ran to war, she ran from it."

The story of a US veteran and a Syrian expatriate. Phoenicia Lewis, SIDCO'16, and Wafaa Arbash, SIDCO'16, offer their unique perspectives on finding humanity amid the dust of war.


Peace Corps Scholarships

Peace Corps Scholarships

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Brandeis ranks 3rd in the nation on the Peace Corps’ list of top Coverdell Fellows programs. All admitted RPCVs will receive at minimum a guaranteed 50% tuition scholarship.

Profiles in Courage

Profiles in Courage

Iman Abdul-Musawwir, COEX/MBA’15, and Hanadi Mehdi, COEX’15, join forces to help children in war-torn Lebanon let go of hatred.


Knowledge Advancing Social Justice

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