Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Master of Science)

Creighton University is a leader in advancing the field of conflict resolution. With our Master of Science (MS) in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, we are training a new generation of practitioners and scholars to take conflict resolution to a new level.

Through intensive courses, conferences and workshops, we provide cutting-edge approaches and techniques in negotiation, conflict management, mediation and dispute systems design.

We work to reduce the cost of conflict by increasing opportunities for collaboration in –

  • Business environments
  • Communities
  • Corporations
  • Courts
  • Educational institutions
  • Families
  • Government organizations
  • Healthcare institutions
  • Other workplaces

In recent years, conflict resolution has transformed from an alternative form of dispute resolution to a mainstream solution. Through study with Creighton University’s expert faculty, you’ll be on the ground floor of the next evolution of this exciting field.


Your studies won’t lead to just one career outcome. The skills, perspectives, tactics and techniques you learn will serve you well in any number of careers.

Our graduates can be found in Omaha and around the world, in places as diverse as:

  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • PayPal
  • Peter Kiewit Sons
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. District Court
  • Baker Botts law firm

Our graduates include politicians, military leaders, human resource managers, lawyers, project managers, consultants, educators, dispute resolution administrators, case managers and entrepreneurs.

Careers generally fall into these categories:

  • Ally—advocates, organizers, strategists and coaches
  • Third-party—facilitators, mediators, evaluators and arbitrators
  • System—process designers, case managers, trainers and system advisors

Your Future Career

Career opportunities are on the rise for highly trained conflict resolution professionals who know how to effectively:

  • Collaborate
  • Communicate
  • Facilitate
  • Negotiate
  • Solve problems
  • Understand conflict analysis and resolution

You might work for a large corporation, many of which operate internal dispute resolution programs. You might also work in government since many state and federal agencies offer alternative dispute resolution programs.

What You'll Learn

By integrating applied and scholarly approaches, the program goals are to provide students with the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Define and apply the theoretical frameworks in conflict engagement and different processes (e.g. negotiation, facilitation, mediation, civic engagement)
  • Demonstrate core competencies and practical skills for effectively understanding and engaging in conflict situations in a productive and constructive manner
  • Demonstrate an enhanced capacity for engaging diverse stakeholders in creative problem solving and engage in critical thinking
  • Practice reflective professional development in alignment with Ignatian values
  •  Effectively apply technology to conflict engagement processes
  • Collaborate effectively with other individuals and design conflict engagement processes across diverse groups of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion and sexual orientation


To earn the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Creighton, you must complete 32 credits:

18 credits in Foundational, Skills and Processes
2 credits in Culture and Conflict
3 credits toward a practicum
Remaining credits are electives focused on advanced topics in conflict resolution

Learn more by reviewing our Program FAQ or the course catalog.

Admissions Requirements

Preferred Application Deadline for the On Campus Program: Domestic: August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring and May 1 for summer entry. International students should apply at least three months in advance of anticipated start date in order to get all paperwork processed.

Admissions Requirements for the Master’s Program:

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application and non-refundable $50 application fee (apply for the online program here)
  2. Two letters of recommendation (please use the electronic recommendation process with the online application). The recommendations should be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who are qualified to assess your performance in an academic or work setting.
  3. Statement of purpose (500-750 words): Based on your CV/Resume and your other application materials, we should have a good picture of where you have been and what you have done, with a focus on the goals you have set for yourself, and why this program is a good fit for you.
  4. A short writing sample in response to the exercise listed on the Admissions Writing Exercise page (1000 words)
  5. Resume
  6. An interview with a faculty member
  7. Bachelor’s degree and transcripts for all bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s coursework, sent directly from the issuing school and containing the institution’s official stamp.
  8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT (213 CBT/550 PBT).


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