Brandeis University

Coexistence and Conflict


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Coexistence and Conflict

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Brandeis' Master's in Coexistence and Conflict is designed for early and mid-career practitioners working in conflict areas. The Dual Master's Degree in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence and Conflict is for people working on development in conflict areas.

Coexistence and Conflict focuses on the challenges posed by intercommunal and societal conflicts in today’s world. Our vision is to bring greater professional policy and practical expertise and leadership to bear upon these challenges. Since its inception in 2004, the program has become the preferred choice of midcareer professionals who want and need to understand how better to prevent, manage, and resolve such conflicts.

Our students come from a variety of institutions, including government and intergovernmental personnel, and military and financial institutions. We have welcomed diplomats, journalists, lawyers, artists, and aid and development workers, as well as people working in the donor and NGO worlds. At least 80 percent of our participants are international, and they have, on average, eight years of experience working in their fields.

Students in our program recognize that managing intercommunal conflict and violence is critical to national and international security in today’s world. Societies are becoming much more diverse, and the globalization of conflicts around issues of ethnicity, religion, and culture is increasing. The master's program in coexistence and conflict has been designed to suit the requirements of people and organizations working in divided and conflicted societies, at local, national, and international levels, who want to learn how to more effectively prevent, manage, and resolve such conflicts.

Another degree option through the Coexistence and Conflict program is the dual Master's degree in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence and Conflict. This program was created especially for those people working o


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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