Welcome to the website of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s Degree program at the University of Oregon.
You will find much information here about our two-year, interdisciplinary program as you browse the site. That said, our program is much more than what we can present digitally. The map is not the territory. If you find yourself attracted to the work we are doing, give us a call, contact a student, or come for a visit.
If you choose to enter our program you’ll join intense, creative, and committed students bonded in an intimate learning community. Students expand their horizons during their two years here as they 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’ll find a passionate faculty engaged in a rich curriculum. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in symposia, conferences, projects, and internships, link with other disciplines, develop practical skills and broaden your theoretical frameworks.
The program is structured to provide you with the firm foundation during your first year from which you can then specialize during your second year. For you, that may mean exploring ways to help deal with the social causes and consequences of climate change or working with other environmental and public policy issues. It may mean working in the international arena, in the corporate or non-profit sectors, in community settings, 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. Some of you may decide to pursue concurrent degrees, further delving into law, international studies, environmental studies, or planning, public policy and management.
You’ll find this program amidst the beauty of central Oregon and the South Willamette River Valley – an hour from the coast, an hour from the mountains, two hours to Portland, and on the road to a more collaborative future.