Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

Alumni Outcomes

Our alumni find work in governments, intergovernmental organizations, and international and local non-governmental organizations dealing with coexistence issues. Heller COEX graduates are increasingly in positions of considerable influence, making them a strong and vital alumni network. Below is a sampling of recent COEX alumni careers.
Heller COEX students talking in Zinner Forum


  • Civic Education Officer at the Office of the Ombudsman, Malawi
Conflict Management Consultant for the Jerusalem Municipality
  • Conflict Program Manager, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), West Africa
  • Director of Civic Education for the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) in Rwanda
  • Director of the USAID Democracy and Governance Program in Sudan/Abyei
  • Manager for New Program Development, National Council on Economic Education

  • Political Specialist and Translator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Refugee Officer with the Asylum and International Operations Divisions of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
  • Second Secretary of the Security Policy Department, Latvia
  • U.S. Army Active Duty Specialist

Intergovernmental Organizations

  • Child Protection Program Manager, International Rescue Committee
  • Communication Specialist, United Nations, Malawi
  • Conflict Program Analyst, United Nations Development Program, Gaza
  • Delegate, International Committee on the Red Cross, Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Head of UNDP Threat and Risk Mapping and Analysis Unit for Darfur

  • Officer for the Elections Unit of the UN Mission in Sudan
  • Operations Officer, European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX)

  • Political Affairs Officer with the African Union, Sudan; also on the Thabo Mbeki Mediation Team for Sudan
  • Protection Officer for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Pristina, Kosovo

  • Resettlement Officer United Nations High Commission for Refugees Representation in Uganda
  • Senior Program Officer, Germany Company for International Cooperation (GTZ), Forum for Dialogue and Peace, Germany
  • UN Peace Keeping Mission in Sudan based in Juba, Conduct and Discipline Unit

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Arab Policy Institute, Tunisia
  • Assistant Director for the Detroit Chapter of the American Jewish Committee
  • Assistant Director, Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution and Public Collaboration, UMass Boston
  • Associate and Business Country Partner, CMI International Group
  • CAFOD Conflict Program Manager for East Africa
  • CEO, New Generation Energy
  • Chemonics
  • Chief of Party at IREX, Azerbaijan
  • Conflict Program Manager, Oxfam, Sudan region
  • Consultant for National Peace Campaign, Nepal
  • Consultant/Field Associate, CDA Collaborative Learning Project
  • Coordinator, Sports for Development Program, Seeds of Peace, Africa
  • Council Secretariat, Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL), Jerusalem
  • Deputy Team Leader at Internews Europe
  • Director of Delegation Leaders Program for Israel Jerusalem, Seeds for Peace in Jerusalem
  • Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Institute for Responsive Education
  • Established a non-profit organization, Leaders of Tomorrow, in Jordan
  • Executive Director Nashville Peace & Justice Center
  • Facilitator at Soliya/UN Alliance for Civilization
  • Founder/Chief Executive of Samerth Trust Gujarat, India
  • Impact Assessor of the USAID-funded UJYALO Project
  • Independent Advisor to PACT - Sudan 

International Development Enterprises, Winrock International (WI)

  • National Deputy Program Manager, Welt Hunger Hilfe, Uganda
  • Overseas Program Director, Barakat, Inc.
  • Program Coordinator, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, DC
  • Program Director of EastWest Institute/Institute for Stability and Development, Serbia
  • Project Manager for Early Warning at Virtual Research Associates
  • Program Manager, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and US Association for International Migration (USAIM)
  • Program Officer at the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia
  • Program Officer, Search for Common Ground in Israel
  • Regional Management Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) in Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank
  • Research Coordinator, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, REACH
  • Solar "PV" Business Developer at Soluz Honduras

Other Appointments

  • Cabinet Member, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (AARM), Bureau of Madaris Education (BME), Department of Education, Philippines
  • Conflict Management Specialist at Meta-Culture Dialogics:  Bangalore
  • Founding Member of the Arab Policy Institute, a think- and action-tank in Tunisia founded in 2010 to promote political reforms and democracy promotion
  • International Relief & Development, Yemen


  • 15 percent of our students are currently pursuing PhDs in the coexistence/peacebuilding field
  • College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
  • Basilan State College in Isabela City, Basilan, Philippines
  • Business and Development Studies at Gulu University, Uganda
  • Duta Wacana Christian University in Indonesia
  • Higher Institute for International Relations (ISRI) in Maputo, Mozambique