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Dual MBA/MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence


Nonprofit Management and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

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In today’s complex world, it is critical, now more than ever, to train and mobilize professional peace workers so that more societies can benefit from peace dividends. Unfortunately, when peace leaders lack management skills, good intentions often lead to failures in delivery. This unique dual degree, offering an MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) and an MBA in Nonprofit Management, builds synergies across interdisciplinary skills for those who want to deliver on a vision of peace. Students will master a set of strategy, financial management, and operations skills to develop and implement peacebuilding policies through efficient organizations and responsible management.

The COEX program builds an understanding of the structural and psychosocial causes of conflict and violence from the local to the global. In addition, it develops the professional skills needed to design, facilitate, monitor and evaluate strategic interventions that prevent, mitigate or resolve violent conflicts. Students also learn how to build partnerships in delivering coexistence work through security, democracy, human rights, education and development. 

The Heller MBA delivers leading edge management training that one would receive at the world’s premiere business schools and complements that training with courses addressing social impact. Heller MBA graduates are leaders working in a broad range of careers across sectors within the context of effecting significant, positive social change in a sustainable manner. 


This intensive program is taken over 26 months, or six consecutive semesters, and includes an MBA Team Consulting Project, a COEX Practicum, a Master’s Paper and a Capstone Presentation. The following curriculum plan presents one course sequence for the dual degree program.