Prepare to Shape Societies both Locally and Globally with a Graduate Degree from The Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance at UMass Boston

Prepare to Shape Societies both Locally and Globally with a Graduate Degree from The Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance at UMass Boston


The Deparment of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Gov… at UMass Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies encompasses graduate programs that address the interpersonal, organizational, political, and economic forces that shape societies, both locally and globally. Working at the intersection of theory and practice, our students develop the skills and insights needed to play an active role influencing policy around the world.


Our mission is to provide a range of graduate programs that help students to develop innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to address local and global issues. We offer a range of graduate degrees, including a Global Governance and Human Security doctoral program, a master’s d…


A degree from one of our programs will prepare you to succeed in today’s interconnected world. Learn more about our internationally-ranked graduate programs and the pioneering research of our faculty, and to find out how you can engage and constructively affect societies both locally and globally.


Intellectual rigor and policy relevance lie at the core of our research, teaching, and service. We connect concepts and people across disciplines, geographies, and levels of governance, working at the local scale in Boston, as well as on larger domestic issues, and globally in countries and institutions around the world.


Distinguished policymakers, practitioners and educators are brought to campus to participate in conferences and symposia.  Monthly colloquia, annual lectureship, roundtable discussions, and career forums are opportunities for building student community as well as exposure to a broad spectrum of topics and presenters.


We measure ourselves by the good we can do for the global community

Within the University of Massachusetts Boston, we are housed at theJohn W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. The school measures itself by the good it can do for the global community. Nationally and internationally-recognized scholars offer world-class interdisciplinary education and values-driven research, demonstrating a deep commitment to making a difference in the world. Faculty, staff, and graduate students critically examine policies in order to understand and remedy existing social, political, and economic inequities both domestically and internationally.


With an emphasis on social justice, governmental accountability, transparency, establishing and strengthening democratic institutions, and creating sustainable policies for people and the planet, the college trains the next generation of global leaders in conflict resolution, gerontology, global governance and human security, international relations, public affairs, and public policy.


Our Graduate Programs

Ph.D. Program in Global Governance and Human Security  Now accepting applications for Fall 2014: Deadline January 15, 2014


Founded in the fall of 2012, this interdisciplinary program creates scholars and analysts able to train and inform global leaders. Graduates will provide intellectual leadership as undergraduate and graduate faculty members and in research positions in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental agencies, national governments, think tanks, and private companies. The curriculum focuses on the outcomes that matter most to individuals: secure forms of economic welfare and human development; ecological sustainability; public health; education; human rights; political freedom; and on the interrelationships among them. The program’s primary tracks mirror the interconnected strands of a set of global issues: conflict resolution, the environment, gender, human rights and human security, global political economy, human development, and global public health. Students who wish to explore a new area of inquiry can develop their own track and course of study.


IGERT Program: The University of Massachusetts Boston was recently awarded a $3.1 million Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the new program “Coasts and Communities: Natural and Human Systems in Urbanizing Environments.” The Ph.D. in Global Governance will admit two IGERT fellows a year for the next five years for training as environmental problem solvers across disciplines and boundaries.


MSPA in International Relations

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014: Deadline Feb. 1, 2014 for international students and Feb 15, 2014 for domestic students.


Introduced in 2001, this two-year, professional degree program is designed to give students an understanding of the current international system and the political, economic, and cultural factors that influence policy formation. The curriculum explores theory, international political economy, the effects of globalization, problems and prospects in the developing world, the role of regionalism and regional integration, and the dynamics of international conflict and conflict resolution. Students are trained to think theoretically and apply tools and methodologies to analyze a wide range of international public policy issues.


Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution


These programs train students in conflict resolution, collaborative decision making, and problem solving, and were among the first programs in conflict resolution established in the United States. Students are exposed to nonviolent, collaborative resolution methods including facilitation, negotiation, mediation, dialogue, and consensual decision making. The courses are designed to equip students with the skills to understand causes and characteristics of conflict and will benefit participants from such varied fields as business, education, elder care, environmental sciences, public policy, health care, human resources, labor relations, law and law enforcement, ministry, and public and private sector management. Students study the theory, methods, and ethical perspectives of conflict resolution and may participate in a field internship in the district court system.


The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program is a two-year, interdisciplinary, professional degree program offering concentrations in organizational and international conflict. The curriculum encompasses conflict resolution, practice, analysis, theory, and research.


The Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution program focuses on pragmatic approaches to the resolution of conflict and offers a choice of curriculum, all of which focus on conflict resolution skills for professionals in a wide variety of settings.


Application Deadlines:


Conflict Resolution


Fall 2014 Deadline Spring 2014 Deadline
Domestic Students February 15, 2014 November 1,2013
After that date, applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.
International Applicants February 1, 2014 October 1, 2013


Conflict Resolution


Fall 2014 Deadline Spring 2014 Deadline
Domestic Students June 9, 2014 November 1, 2013
International Applicants May 1, 2014 October 1, 2013



Our Research Centers


The Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance houses two world-class research centers. Through these centers, faculty and students work closely together to create initiatives that impact both development and policy.


The Center for Governance and Sustainability brings academic rigor to real-world policy challenges in environmental, developmental, and sustainability governance across scales and geographies. Focusing on engaging students, faculty, and staff across disciplinary, institutional, and political boundaries, its research initiatives include the Global Environmental and Development Governance ProjectGreen Harbors Project, and the Global Redesign and Sustainability project. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty and peers on state-of-the-art research, policy input, and training tools, with the goal of building a corps of new international professionals committed to academic excellence, public service, and innovative leadership.


The Center for Peace, Democracy. and Development is dedicated to advancing democracy, rule of law, and economic and social development in post-communist, transitional, and developing areas. The Center promotes conflict resolution, education, media development, and legal and judicial reform through partnerships and training programs across the globe. Working together, faculty and students seek creative solutions to empower peace and development in fractured societies by addressing complex divisions and reinforcing principles of peace and reconciliation to better build democracy.


Our Faculty

Collaboration is at the core of our faculty and student relationships. Our faculty members are internationally-recognized scholars and practitioners in fields including international political economy, global health, organizational conflict, Arab and Israeli negotiations, climate change governance, sustainability, social policy, environmental politics, international security, and crisis intervention.


Our Students

Students come to our programs from six continents and over thirty countries, bringing a wide range of backgrounds and a rich diversity of experience. Many are mid-career, while others arrive directly from university degree programs.

Students in our professional degree programs, both full and part time, bring their previous education and often their professional experience to enrich our learning environment.

Our Ph.D. candidates come to us with advanced degrees from the world’s leading universities, including Jawaharlal Nehru University; the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; the London School of Economics; and the Yale Law School. Many have worked for international organizations such as the World Health Organization in Geneva and the Environmental Protection Authority in Addis Ababa.

For more information, please visit us at: www.­crhsgg.­umb.­edu

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