George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention Graduate Certificate

  • Douglas Irvin-Erickson
  • Northeast Module II, 108
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 2E5
    Arlington, VA 22201
  • (703) 993-4437

Program Overview

This 15-credit program is tailored to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to Mass Atrocity Prevention, including genocide and mass violence prevention. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, or graduate students seeking specialized, practical knowledge, the certificate program integrates conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical techniques of preventing mass atrocities. Certificate courses include intensive sessions, lectures, seminars, and applied-mentored learning in real and simulated situations. Students consider strategies to prevent mass atrocities through policy planning, diplomacy, civil society building, democratization, development, education, and “up-streaming” prevention efforts that apply peace-building, dialogue, and conflict resolution approaches designed specifically for highly-escalated conflict contexts where mass atrocities seem likely to appear.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


S-CAR's location in Northern Virginia, just four metro stops from downtown Washington, allows students to take advantage of opportunities at federal, state and local government offices, non-governmental organizations, advocacy networks, international organizations and the private business sector. Alumni living in the region and other parts of the world provide students with additional opportunities for networking and collaboration. Some local organizations include:

  • Aga Khan Foundation
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Community Building Institute
  • District of Columbia Mayor's Office on Community Relations
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Human Trafficking Institute
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism
  • Saferworld
  • Save the Children
  • Search for Common Ground
  • United Nations
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
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