About COEX

Our Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program (COEX) offers a practical, skills-based curriculum that prepares students to become responsible, peacebuilding practitioners in conflict areas around the world. The program is built around three key pillars:

  • understanding the problems of conflict
  • developing the process for conflict intervention
  • supporting people and communities through conflict resolution skills.

Whether your goal is to address or prevent war or ethnic violence, work in humanitarian aid and development, negotiate or mediate between individuals or states, implement policy through governments and international organizations or foster change in your home community, the COEX program will give you the tools you need.


Our mission is to build socially inclusive societies and our vision is of a world where diversity is embraced for its positive potential, respect for persons is a core value, interdependence between different groups is recognized, equality is actively pursued, and the use of weapons to address conflicts is increasingly obsolete.


The Conflict Resolution and Coexistence master’s program began in 2004 with the support of the Alan B. Slifka Foundation. Until 2009, the program was located at Brandeis University's International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. In 2010, the Alan B. Slifka Foundation made a $4.25 million gift to the university to expand the nine-year-old Master's Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence and to continue its pioneering work educating leaders in the emerging field of coexistence and shared societies. The gift established the Alan B. Slifka Chair in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, moved the program to the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and provided additional faculty and program enhancements. Professor Alain Lempereur, director of the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program, became the inaugural Alan B. Slifka Chair at Brandeis University in September 2011. 

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One mission. A million motivations. The Heller viewbook outlines those graduate degree programs in which you'll develop the broad knowledge and focused skills to serve the communities you care deeply about and have a positive impact on our society.