Conflict resolution is one of the most pertinent fields of study today.

A Conflict Resolution certificate from the Middlebury Institute prepares you for a career developing the tools and skills to resolve conflicts in a nonviolent manner and to implement peacebuilding in post-war societies.

(Students enrolled in the International Policy and Development program may opt to specialize in Conflict Resolution and Social Justice.)


The Institute’s Conflict Resolution certificate (hosted by the Center for Conflict Studies) can be gained by students currently enrolled in an Institute degree program or as well as non-degree students. Individuals interested in the stand-alone certificate should have a graduate or bachelor’s degree, as well as work experience, in relevant areas.

Our integrated courses are taught by top faculty who are also leaders in the field. Students learn to do critical analysis of conflicts by applying established theories and conducting both primary and secondary research. Using your own analysis through in-class simulations and internship opportunities, you will develop essential skills in communication, listening, negotiation, and mediation. Students can choose to focus on a specific policy/practice area within conflict resolution such as trade, migration, development, security, business, gender, or environment. Graduates find employment in local and international settings including NGOs, government agencies, policy think-tanks, research institutes, court systems, and businesses.


The Conflict Resolution Certificate program consists of a minimum of 18 credits.

Core (8 credits)

Sample courses:

  • Introduction to Conflict Resolution (4 credits)

  • Integration of Theory, Research, and Practice (4 credits)

Skills (2–4 credits)

Students must connect with the faculty coordinator to receive skills credit through any one of the following undertakings: 

  • Immersive learning courses
  • Internships

  • Research Projects

  • Volunteering

Electives (6–8 credits)

Sample courses:

  • Summer Peacebuilding Program (4-6 credits)

  • Fieldwork and Reporting (2 credits)

  • Women in War (2 credits)

  • The Politics of Development (4 credits)

  • Development Theory and Practice (4 credits)

  • Globalization and Development (4 credits)

  • Decolonizing Knowledge for Racial Equity (1 credit)

  • Human Trafficking (2 credits)

  • Mediation and the Mediator

  • Introduction to International Migration (4 credits)

  • International Migration, Security and Human Rights (4 credits)

  • Race and Policy (1 credit)

  • Power and Identity in a Multi-Cultural World (4 credits)

  • Women’s Human Rights: Cross-cultural perspectives (4 credits)

Faculty Coordinator

Pushpa Iyer

Associated Faculty

Tsuneo Akaha

William Arrocha

Nukhet Kardam


  • If you take 12–16 credits in a semester, you will be charged the comprehensive fee, which is $21,317 per semester for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • If you take 11 or fewer credits in a semester, you will be charged at the per credit rate, which is $1,777 for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • If you take more than 16 credits in a semester, you will be charged the comprehensive fee and an additional $1,777 for each credit over 16 that you take.


To apply to the Conflict Resolution Certificate program, contact admissions.