George Mason University
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George Mason University

Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Undergraduate Program

North East Module II

4400 University Drive, MS 2E5

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-4165


Program Overview

The world is becoming increasingly connected and the ability to create and maintain cross-cultural connections is more important than ever. As the effects of violence and conflict are felt throughout the global community, we are seeing more and more opportunities for collaboration, problem solving, and peacebuilding in local communities and across international barriers. To prepare our students to make cross-cultural connections, Bachelor's of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Resolution students must demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution pulls content and courses from across the social science disciplines. Courses include an emphasis on asking the right questions to analyze conflict effectively and designing real world interventions that will work. Research and theory are paired with hands on skill development, preparing students for careers across a spectrum of possibilities.

As the world is becoming increasingly connected, the ability to create and maintain cross-cultural connections is increasing in importance. As the global community feels the effects of violence and conflict, we see more opportunities for collaboration, problem-solving, and peacebuilding in local communities and across international barriers. To prepare our students to make cross-cultural connections, our BA students must demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language.

Admitted students interested in declaring a B.A., B.S., or minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution are welcome to visit the S-CAR Undergraduate Advising Office located in the Northeast Module II.

Students will also have the opportunity to speak with an advisor during freshman and transfer orientation sessions.

Have any questions or want to learn more about the program? Advisors can be reached for general inquiries at or 703-993-4165

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Learn from the Leaders of Conflict Resolution

Our 20+ full-time faculty work locally and globally with peace and conflict organizations on the day’s most pressing conflicts.
Our faculty regularly win grants to do important research in the field and are widely published, informing the study of Conflict Resolution in programs all over the world.
Faculty and students collaborate to explore local peacebuilding, justice, genocide prevention, the understanding of narrative, identity, race, and culture and their relation to conflict
More than 60 part-time and affiliated faculty bring professional expertise as practitioners who lead classes on topics on which they are passionate.

Gain Real World Experience

  • Develop in-demand job skills such as critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, creative problem-solving, research and writing skills, interpersonal skills, and enhance your ability to work in teams.
  • Students apply their coursework to real-world experiences through internships, and our signature Peacebuilding Fellows Program.
  • Students participate in unique enrichment activities such as attending the International Day of Peace at the United Nations and a simulation for World Refugee Day at the U.S. State Department.
  • All of our graduates complete a field experience; 47 percent of the 2016 graduates completed more than one.
  • Faculty-run facilities such as the Center for Narrative and the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, & Conflict Resolution offer students the opportunity to work and gain experience.
  • Students engage in conflict resolution practice through faculty-led trips to such nations as Colombia, Syria, Liberia, and Indonesia.

Career Options

Government and Security

  • Consolidated Analysis Centers, Intelligence and Research Analyst
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Specialist
  • Department of Defense, Program Analyst
  • Department of Homeland Security, Human Resources Specialist

Law and Advocacy

  • Old Dominion Court Services, Pretrial Services Officer & Investigator
  • Northern Virginia Mediation Services, Court Mediator Coordinator
  • Department of Labor, Civil Rights Lawyer
  • House of Representatives, Legislative Correspondent

Peacebuilding and Development

  • American Red Cross, Program Officer
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Managing Editor - Arab Reform Bulletin
  • UNICEF, Emergency Communication Specialist
  • United States Institute of Peace, Consultant


  • American University, Assistant Director for New Student Programs
  • City Year Washington, DC, Senior Civic Engagement Manager
  • District of Columbia Public Schools, Director of Business Operations
  • Louis Gregory Regional Training Institute, After School Youth Program Coordinator

Business and Consulting

  • Cutting Edge C.A., Business Services Manager
  • Etik, Founder and President
  • Hologram Industries, Regional Marketing Communications Coordinator
  • USI Insurance Services, Vice President, Sales