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Requirements | Conflict Management

Learn about the requirements for the Conflict Management program. 

Master of Arts (MA) Requirements

MA students concentrating in Conflict Management (CM) must complete 24 credits of applicable coursework and a program capstone. 16 credits must be Conflict Management courses and 12 of these credits must start with the course prefix SA.640.XXX. Principles and Practices of Conflict Management (SA.640.718) is strongly encouraged for all students in their first year of study who have not taken a similar course.

The remaining eight credits must be divided between two different programs below:

3 Conflict Management courses (12 credits) including:

  • SA.640.718 Principles and Practices of Conflict Management or SA.640.719 International Bargaining and Negotiation*
  • 2 Conflict Management courses (8 credits), of which at least 1 must have a Conflict Management prefix SA.640.XXX

Passing Theories of International Relations as one of the two core requirements is highly recommended.

*If one of the required courses is waived, it must be replaced with a course with the Conflict Management Prefix SA.640.XXX

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Conflict Management concentrators must complete a research paper of publishable quality during their final semester from previous work in a Conflict Management course. It must be approved in final form in order to take the MA Oral Exam to compete for honors (if eligible) and to graduate. A prize for the best program paper is awarded at graduation.

  • Successful completion of the Capstone Research Seminar (SA.640.800)
  • Successful completion of the Negotiation Practicum (SA.640.749)
  • Successful completion of Patterns of Protest & Revolt (SA.640.762) (second-year students only)
  • Successful completion of an approved Conflict Management Practicum course
  • Producing a research paper of publishable quality not associated with a class, during a student’s final semester.* This requires approval from the Program Director and is not eligible to receive the “best paper” award. A draft is due by April 1, and final paper by May 1.

*For those whose final semester is in the fall, consult the Program Director for due dates.

These requirements must be completed in addition to the requirements for your degree program.

Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) Requirements

MIPP students can add an affiliation in Conflict Management to their degree plan. At least three of your eight courses must be Conflict Management courses to complete the affiliation requirement.

These requirements must be completed in addition to the requirements for your degree program.

Learning Goals

The following represent the overall goals and objectives for student learning in the Conflict Management concentration at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Attainment will be ascertained through review of course syllabi, student evaluations of their courses (e.g., responses to questions about “amount learned”), and through their ability to apply their knowledge to a specific case or cases of intra- or inter-state conflict in a capstone research paper in their final semester at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

  1. Students will be able to diagnose long-term underlying causes and drivers of social conflicts within and between states in any concrete situation they may encounter;
  2. Evaluate the conditions that might affect the likelihood for a conflict to escalate, especially the probability that any conflict will result in large-scale violence;
  3. Familiarize themselves with a wide range of tools for managing conflicts — negotiation, mediation, crisis management, coercive diplomacy, interaction conflict resolution, post conflict stabilization and reconstruction — to prevent conflicts from escalating, for managing crises, for ending violent conflicts, and for institutionalizing peace-building after violent conflict;
  4. Understand the primary institutions and cooperative regimes for managing conflicts at the global, regional, national, and sub-state levels, including awareness of their capability to manage and resolve conflicts and build a just peace within and between states; and
  5. Know how conflicts may be managed in several issue areas, including ethno-national conflict, territorial and geopolitical conflict, as well as international economic, environmental and security regimes.