School of Humanities and Social Sciences


M.S. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution

Program Description
The M.S. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution is designed to train reflective professionals in the practice, design, and evaluation of a variety of conflict resolution applications. The M.S. program focuses on pragmatic approaches to solving problems inherent in human social relations. Students are exposed to a wide array of techniques and strategies to help people achieve nonviolent, nonlitigious solutions for conflicts that arise in many personal, professional, organizational, and social environments. The M.S. program consists of a 15 course (39 credits) sequence that includes conflict resolution theory, practice skills, field placement, research design, and program evaluation. Students may elect to complete a general course of studies or pursue concentrations in the following areas:

Students pursuing a concentration must take 6 additional credits above degree requirements.

Program Formats

The M.S. program is offered in both on-campus and online formats. These flexible formats allow mid career working adults and those unable to attend the on-campus program, to study conflict resolution in a creative, rigorous, and structured fashion. Students enrolled in the online program participate in Residential Institutes on the Fort Lauderdale campus twice per year, as well as online Web-based courses. Fall / Winter classes run 14 weeks and Summer is 10 weeks. On-Campus classes typically meet 6-9 pm once per week (6-9:30 pm Summer).

Students may enroll full or part time, taking six to nine credit hours per trimester. Students who attend full-time can expect to complete the program in 19 months. Part-time students will complete the program in 2 ½ years. Summer attendance is mandatory.

Students taking online classes are required to attend two Residential Institutes (RI) per academic year. Each RI is 5 days. Currently the RIs are held in February and October. Please visit for current information.

Degree Plans

Below is a sample of a degree plan for a full-time student who begins their studies in Fall trimester. Degree plans will be modified based on a student’s enrollment date and pace of study.

Table 1: Degree Plan: 39 credit hours
Fall (September) CARM 5000 - Foundations and Development of Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies CARM 5040 - Communication Dynamics in Dispute Resolution: The Human Factor CARM 6120 - Culture and Conflict: Cross-cultural Prespectives  
Winter (January) CARM 5020 - Theories and Philosophies of Conflict and Peace CARM 5100 - Mediation Theory and Practice CARM 5200 - Research Design and Program Evaluation  
Summer (April) CARM 6130 - Practicum I: Supervised Field Experience CARM 6140 - Facilitation Theory and Practice CARM 66__ :  
Fall (September) CARM 66__ CARM 66__    
Winter (January) CARM 66__ CARM 5100 - Mediation Theory and Practice    
Summer (April) Comprehensive Examination Graduation    

For full course descriptions select current Catalog.

Program Specifics

To complete the M.S. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, you must complete a total of 65 hours of practicum. You are responsible for documenting your practicum hours, and must have these hours verified and signed by your on-site supervisor. The practicum experience is designed to provide you with an experiential opportunity to utilize conflict resolution methodology and theory within a diversity of professional settings. You will have the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts within a practical framework.

Practicum provides a community placement for the student to develop and refine practitioner skills. Using the Practicum experience, students have the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts within a practical framework under the supervision of an on site supervisor. The Practicum Coordinator will work with you to establish a placement suited to your interests, if possible.

Practicum placements have been established in an array of settings, such as schools, prisons, court systems, parks, human services agencies, community organizations and corporations. Additionally, the student is encouraged to explore and initiate a Practicum setting specific to their own individual interests. If students find an appropriate site, the Practicum Director will assist the student in calling the site and negotiating for a placement.

Additionally, the student will attend a Practicum class with course work and faculty supervision. The student must receive contractual approval from both the Practicum Director and the agency on site supervisor before beginning the required Practicum hours. The student is responsible for documenting Practicum hours and receiving supervisor approval. The practice component of the student's Practicum is evaluated by the on site supervisor each trimester; this evaluation is combined with the classroom performance and course requirements and converted into a final overall grade by the Practicum Faculty.

Please consult the Practicum Coordinator and Practicum Professor for detailed information. During each term and at every Residential Institute, one or more Practicum Advising sessions are scheduled. Students who have not yet registered for practicum courses are encouraged to attend one or more sessions. Students may also seek individual in-person or telephonic appointments with the Practicum Coordinator for assistance with practicum placements.

Please visit for the Practicum Handbook and forms.

Master’s Thesis Option

The student may write a research thesis. The thesis is 6 credits and counts as two elective. Instead of the electives offered in the fall and winter trimesters of the second year, thesis students register for Master’s Thesis. Entrance into the thesis track is not automatic; students must meet eligibility requirements. Details regarding the Master’s Please visit for the Master’s Thesis handbook.

Examinations and Evaluations

In addition to successfully completing all course work, and obtaining the required practicum hours discussed above, you must pass a comprehensive examination to be awarded the M.S. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution. When you have completed all coursework and practicum hours, have maintained a "B" average in all classes with no "incomplete" grades, and are a "student in good standing" with no disciplinary actions pending or disciplinary tasks to complete, you will be eligible to take the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive exam is an assessment of your ability to integrate the knowledge and skills gained through course work and the practicum experience. The exam tests your written ability to critically analyze and apply conflict assessment, theory, and research methodology to hypothetical conflict situations. The exam also tests your knowledge of material specific to the academic curriculum.

The comprehensive exam is offered twice a year: in January and June. The exam has two sections; students must answer two questions from each section. The sections are:

The exam takes an entire day. The student is given four hours to complete each section, with a lunch break in between sections. Students have the choice of sitting for the exam on NSU’s main campus, at selected NSU Educational Centers, or at another site selected by DCAR. If the student takes the exam at NSU or an NSU center, there are no assessed fees related to the exam. Some approved locations may charge a fee for proctoring the exam. Should the student choose to take the exam at such a location, that fee may be assessed to the student.

Two faculty members grade each question. Students are assigned an examination number. Thus, faculty members do not know whose answers they are reviewing. All four questions must be answered correctly to pass the exam. Passing three of four questions means the failed part of the exam must be retaken. Passing fewer than three questions is a failing score, and means the entire exam must be retaken. Students have five years to complete degree requirements.

Both reviewers must award a passing grade, in order for it to be deemed that the student passed each question. If one reviewer submits a passing grade and the other submits a failing grade, they will be asked to confer. If they subsequently concur, then the grade has been determined. If they do not agree, the chair shall appoint a third reviewer. The third reviewer’s grade shall determine whether the student has passed or failed the section.