Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

Mission and History

COEX students sitting together.


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.