The Conflict and Dispute Resolution Masters degree program is structured to prepare a new generation of scholars, practitioners, and educators to rethink traditional approaches to conflict. Grounded in dispute resolution theory, the program combines broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities for individualized study and skills development. It equips its students with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills to meet today's challenges with new answers and better questions. The Masters degree is not a law degree and prospective students do not apply to the law school but rather to the UO Graduate School.
If you choose to enter our program, you will join creative and committed students bonded in an intimate learning community to explore the profound personal and global subjects of conflict and its resolution, competition and cooperation, war and peace, communication and consciousness, relationship and responsibility. You will find a passionate faculty engaged in a rich curriculum. You will participate in symposia, conferences, projects, and internships. You will link with other disciplines. You will develop practical skills and broaden your theoretical frameworks.
Our program is structured to provide you with the firm foundation during your first year from which you can then specialize during your second year, whether you want to help deal with the social consequences of climate change or work with other environmental and public policy issues, work in the international arena, in the corporate or non-profit sectors, in the community setting, in peace and reconciliation contexts, with interpersonal and family-based conflicts, within the justice system, or in some other area of the conflict resolution field.
We're located amidst the beauty of central Oregon and the Willamette River Valley, an hour from the coast, an hour from the mountains, an hour to the high desert country, an hour and a half to Portland, and on the road to a more