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Courses for the M.A. degree are drawn from nine different academic units at the University of Denver: Conflict Resolution, International Studies, Communications, Social Work, Law, Business, Professional Psychology, Theology, and Applied Communication in University College. To check current and past schedule of classes go to the registrar website.

International Studies focuses on aspects of ethnicity and cultural differences, globally organized efforts in cooperation, and justice, human rights, and diplomacy. The Department of Human Communications and the Graduate School of Social Work explore group dynamics. The College of Law and University College have developed training programs in COMM and mediation. The College of Business offers a management specialty.

More than 20 different classes in the Conflict Resolution curriculum are offered on campus at least once each year. About one-third of these classes are taught within University College (the university's continuing education program) and directed toward working professionals. Courses emphasize theories of conflict resolution, mastery of techniques for alternative dispute resolution, and courses on organizational and management issues.


Degree Credits: 62 quarter hour credits (equivalent to about 41 semester hours)

General Requirements:

  • At least 12 courses: 2 maximum at 3000 level (advanced undergraduate and graduate) - all others at 4000 level (for graduate students only)
  • A minimum of 36 credits must be taken in the Traditional Program at DU
  • A maximum of 26 credits may be taken at University College at DU
  • 41 DU credits (up to 21 quarter or 14 semester hours may be transferred)
  • Tuition fees combine two levels: Lower, University College tuition rates apply when taking their courses, regular DU rates apply when enrolling in the standard, traditional program.
  • 3 quarters DU graduate registration
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years of start date.

Core Courses (required)

  • INTS 4920 Conflict & Conflict Resolution (5 credits)
  • CRES 4221 Negotiation Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • CRES 4222 Mediation Theory and Issues (5 credits)
  • CRES 4225 Conciliation and Reconciliation (5 credits)
  • COMN 4310 Communication and Collaboration (5 credits)
  • MGMT 4620 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics (4 credits)

Practical Techniques Workshop (required)

  • COMM 4701 Facilitative Mediation (4 credits through University College)
  • CRES 4961 Professional Development (0 credit)

Methodology Training (required)

  • CRES 4111 Reflective Practice and Evaluation (5 credits)

Special Topics (12 credits required)

  • CRES 4333 Resolving Contentious Public Issues (5 credits)
  • CRES 4400 Restorative Justice (3 credits)
  • CRES 4410 Intractable Conflict (3 credits)
  • CRES 4420 Negotiation Difficulties (3 credits)
  • CRES 4840 Managing Organizational Conflict (3 credits)
  • CRES 4850 Creating Agreement (3 credits)
  • CRES 4860 Public Forum Facilitation (3 credits)
  • CRES 4870 Conflict Vulnerability Assessment (3 credits)
  • CRES 4880 Grant Writing

Internship (required)

  • CRES 4981 Internship (0-5 variable credits)

Practicum (required)

  • CRES 4971 Practicum (3 credits)

Thesis (optional) (up to 10 credits)

  • CRES 4991 and CRES 4995 Independent Study and Thesis Research


*COMN classes are offered on-line through the Organizational and Professional Communication program at University College.  These courses are offered for 4 credits. For latest information, contact University College at 303 871.3354, or visit their website at

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