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

A Conflict Resolution certificate or specialization 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.


The Institute’s Conflict Resolution program can be added as a specialization area for students currently enrolled in an Institute degree program or taken as a stand-alone certificate for nondegree 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 systematic 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)

Immersive learning, sample courses:

  • Cuba: Changing Course, Changing Times (4 credits)

  • Development Practice in El Salvador (4 credits)

  • Practicum (2 credits)

Directed study with practice elements, for example:

  • Internships

  • Field research

  • Other opportunities determined on an individual basis

Electives (6–8 credits)

Sample courses:

  • Conflict and Peacebuilding in Divided Societies (4 credits)

  • Fieldwork in Conflict Zones (2 credits)

  • Culture and Conflict (2 credits)

  • Women in War (2 credits)

  • Development Theory and Practice (4 credits)

  • Human Security: Concept and Policy (4 credits)

  • Human Trafficking (2 credits)

  • Security, Justice, and Development (4 credits)

  • Introduction to International Migration (4 credits)

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

  • Introduction to Human Security and Development (4 credits)

  • Armed Violence and Development (4 credits)

  • Comparative Migration Analysis (4 credits)

  • Grassroots Leadership Development (4 credits)

Faculty and Advisory Committee

Pushpa Iyer, Director

Kevin Avruch, Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University

Joe Bock, Director of the PhD in International Conflict Management Program at Kennesaw State University

Sean Callahan, Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Relief Services

Kathy Goodman, Founder, ACCORD

Karen Osborne, Center for Conflict Studies

Tamra Pearson d’Estrée, Professor of Conflict Resolution in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Richard E. Rubenstein, Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs at George Mason University


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