Understanding Conflict. Facilitating Peace.

At Heller’s Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) Program, we’re committed to educating responsible peacebuilding practitioners. Conflict takes many forms — so the ability to manage it, resolve it and seek productive pathways forward is more critical than ever. You’ll gain the tools and perspectives you need to truly understand the complexities and opportunities inherent in conflict resolution, and to guide individuals, families, communities and nations toward common ground that promotes peace.

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Master core competencies and specialized skills

Over 16 months, you’ll learn how to analyze conflict; structure and evaluate interventions; engage people and partners; and develop regional or focus area specializations such as development, transitional justice and humanitarian action.
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Join a community dedicated to equity, inclusion and diversity

At Heller, we work to ensure community members respect and value others. We are committed to equity, inclusion and diversity in our research institutes, academic programs, policies and community relationships.
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Gain fieldwork experience for a career with impact

You’ll gain hands-on field experience after your first year, preparing you for roles in nonprofit organizations and government work in the U.S. and around the world, as well as intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations.
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Work with passionate peers from around the world

The COEX program draws socially conscious individuals from all walks and phases of life, from diplomacy to education, journalism to health. Our diverse, passionate community is dedicated to advancing knowledge and interventions for sustainable peace.
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Alumni Outcomes

Soroush Kazemi

Soroush Kazemi, MA COEX’21

Program Officer II at FHI 360

"I believe I made a precious investment at the right time and in the right place. At Heller I was equipped with the right tools to do the right job and be part of the solution." 

Isaac Cudjoe

Isaac Cudjoe, MA COEX’18

Co-Chief Executive Officer at Peace First

“Heller is like a home with its light on, welcoming intellectual thought, new ideas, and creativity. You may have left home, but home is still always there for you.”

Ayman Akkad

Ayman Akkad, MA COEX'20

Senior Communications Manager at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

“The COEX program at Heller challenged me to imagine a positive alternative to conflict and explore opportunities for peace. Each interaction in classroom or on campus gave me a new perspective.”

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