Learn to turn conflict into a more positive dynamic through collaborative problem-solving and alternative dispute resolution, and find yourself in great demand.
The M.S. in Negotiations and Conflict Management program can now be completed entirely online.
You can now earn your Negotiations and Conflict Management degree fully online from anywhere in the world. We are now accepting applications for spring 2023 for both face-to-face and fully online graduate degrees.
“The best part of the Negotiations and Conflict Management master’s program is the care of the faculty and the time that they set aside to make you the best professional you can be. Everyone in the program knows your name. It’s a great support system that I am grateful for.”
-Teisha Miles, B.A. '16, M.S. '19
You can also complete this program as a dual J.D./M.S. in Negotiations and Conflict Management , which allows you to earn both degrees with 12 fewer credits than would be required to earn the two degrees independently.
In this 36-credit Master of Science program—the first-ever program in Maryland—integrates a range of interdisciplinary perspectives to give a broad understanding of what conflict is, why it happens and how to resolve it. When you graduate, you will be prepared for an exciting career managing conflict in many different arenas:
- management and organizational settings, including employee and labor relations
- health care, social work ad human services
- public administration and non-governmental organizations
- law, law enforcement and courts
- local, state and federal government
- international relations
- peacebuilding, social justice and advocacy work
What You'll Learn
In this program, you'll learn how to:
- analyze, understand and address various forms of social conflict
- work with individuals, communities, organizations, regulatory bodies, conflicting social and ethnic groups, and even nations
- promote understanding of conflict while mitigating its destructive aspects
- negotiate, facilitate and pursue conflict transformation
- embrace conflict as a catalyst for social change.
Beyond the Classroom
Your capstone internship experience will allow you to gain insight into practical applications of negotiation and conflict management in the field. The program's remarkable range of internships has partnered students with:
- the Department of Energy
- the Office of the Maryland Attorney General
- the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland
- the National Association for Conflict Resolution
- the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- and the Baltimore City Office of the Labor Commissioner, among others.
You are encouraged to join the Negotiations and Conflict Management Student Association, which keeps students in this master's program informed and educated about relevant issues, provides peer support and guidance, and organizes events that nurture the professional growth of the student body.
Our classes are delivered in flexible formats to fit your life and schedule. Take classes entirely online, in a traditional classroom setting on weekday evenings, or on select weekends.
Honoring the legacy of Johannes (Jannie) Botes
The Johannes Botes Capstone Achievement Award was established in loving memory of retired professor Johannes (Jannie) Botes, who lost a two-year battle with ALS in January 2015. Prof. Botes had served on the faculty of the School of Public and International Affairs since 1999. He was a world-class educator and scholar in the area of conflict management and resolution, and was much loved by his colleagues and students. In partnership with his family, UBalt established The Johannes Botes Capstone Achievement Award, an annual award to recognize one student in either the Negotiations and Conflict Management program or the Global Affairs and Human Security program for his or her outstanding work in the final thesis capstone project.
You can learn more about the award and make a gift of remembrance here.
For more information about graduate admission, please contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.837.6565.