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Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Knowing how to both manage conflict and put it to good use can be the difference between simply putting out fires and moving your business—and your career—forward. Creighton University’s Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NCR) can provide the knowledge and skills you need to become an effective conflict manager in healthcare, law, ministry, education, business and more.
Retired General Anthony Zinni describes why he chose to pursue his Master's in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Creighton University.

Conflict is inevitable in any work, community, or relationship setting, and every organization needs employees and leaders who are skilled in facilitation and conflict resolution. But conflict doesn’t have to be negative. In fact, when managed appropriately and effectively, conflict can open new doors, enhance trust, and strengthen relationships—leading to increased engagement, productivity, and results.

Earning your master’s in conflict resolution shows that you know how to successfully harness conflict for positive results. You’ll study organizational behavior and practice techniques that you can initiate or implement in your workplace or community from day one.

Earn your degree in conflict resolution on your schedule

Creighton’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution master’s program is perfect for busy professionals who desire the flexibility to study on their own terms. If you’d like to earn your master’s without putting your life on pause, this online master’s degree could help you meet your goals.

The online master’s courses are supplemented by a required on-campus residency, where you can put the knowledge and skills gained through your coursework into action. Our NCR students highly value this practice-based experience and the opportunity to network with their peers.

Build your professional network and expand your perspective

Students and faculty in Creighton’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution master’s program come from a wide variety of backgrounds, careers and life experiences. While you learn, reflect and grow, you’ll discover that this diverse academic family creates a rich learning community that excels at sharing perspectives and insights in a supportive and interactive environment.

As part of a thriving alumni community, you’ll expand your professional network and will reap the benefits of these new relationships for many years to come.

Program At A Glance

Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

August 1

December 1

April 1


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • NCR admission writing exercise
  • Application
  • $50 application fee  
Still have questions?
Reach out to a Graduate and Adult Enrollment Specialist
John Rumbaugh
John Rumbaugh


Program Goals and Curriculum

The MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program is ideal for those looking to effectively manage conflict across a wide variety of industries and settings. The program can typically be completed in about two years on a part-time basis, but highly motivated full-time students can earn their degree in as little as 16 months.

To earn this master’s degree, you must complete 33 credits:

  • Core Foundational and Process Courses
    • Negotiation
    • Introduction to Conflict Engagement
    • Facilitative Conflict Engagement Residency (7 weeks online, 1 week on-campus)
    • Leadership and Conflict Engagement
    • Dynamics of Conflict Resolution and Engagement
    • Systems Thinking in Conflict
    • Culture, Gender, and Power Differences in Conflict
    • Oral Narratives and Conflict: An Applied Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Electives
    • Healthcare Collaboration and Conflict Engagement
    • Structural Injustices
    • Online Dispute Resolution
  • Practicum
    Students complete an 80-hour practicum over 16 weeks, culminating in a final paper and a virtual presentation (via Skype, Zoom, etc.) 

View all courses for this program

With increasing self-knowledge, leaders are empowered to work mindfully toward a more just community, workplace and world. Our respected faculty at Creighton strives to help students strengthen that ability and work to achieve their goals.

Meet the department faculty


Creighton University offers graduate certificates for students who wish to increase their conflict resolution skills without committing to a full master’s degree program. Options include:

Graduate Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution  (15 credits)

  • The Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution serves as the foundation of the master’s program. In as little as eight months, students can learn effective techniques to engage and manage conflict. Decide to go for master’s later? Only a few more classes can get you there.
  • Primarily offered online with a five-day on-campus residency.

See the full course listing

Dual Degree Programs
Students can complete a dual degree program to earn two degrees at once, saving both time and money. The following dual degree options are available in negotiation and conflict resolution:

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Still have questions? Email or call a financial aid specialist at 402.280.2731. Want to talk to someone in person? Stop by the Office of Financial Aid in Suite 1100 in the Harper Center (602 N 20th St, Omaha, NE 68102).

Dates & Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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August 1


December 1


April 1

Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application & submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Respond to the NCR Admissions Writing Exercise

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

2040 Initiative

2040 Initiative infographic

U.S. Census Bureau figures from 2012 showed that for the first time minorities made up a majority of babies born in the United States. By the year 2040, demographers predict the U.S will be “majority minority,” with racial and ethnic minorities making up the majority of the U.S. population.

We are also in the midst of other sweeping trends including the aging of the Baby Boom generation, continuing urbanization, growing economic inequality, and residential self-sorting of citizens by political and other affiliation.

At Creighton University, we developed The 2040 Initiative to provide a forum for addressing the challenging issues that arise when these demographic trends intersect with law and politics.

The History

The Census Bureau predicts that by the year 2040 non-Hispanic whites will become a minority in the United States as a whole. This racial and ethnic shift is only one of several major demographic transformations anticipated over the next generation, among them the aging of the Baby Boom generation, continuing urbanization, growing economic inequality, and residential self-sorting of citizens by political and other affiliation.

These shifts, operating both separately and together, will have substantial repercussions.  We as a nation will be called upon to

  • Create bridges to move past political polarization to address challenges including immigration, criminal justice, housing, energy, and the environment
  • Articulate a collective identity going forward that embraces those with a broad range of characteristics and worldviews
  • Provide health care as the population ages
  • Address geographical concentrations and divisions of racial, ethnic, political, and other groups
  • Bring the nation’s children into productive adulthood through education and connection to entrepreneurial and other economic opportunity
  • Renew essential physical and institutional infrastructure
  • Confront economic inequality and other phenomena that are contributing to social division and frayed social trust

The Mission

Creighton’s 2040 Initiative develops connections among demographics, politics, law, and other disciplines and areas of practice. We provide space for discussion of the implications of identified trends. We offer context and perspective for those who are grappling with these issues in practice. 

To accomplish its mission, Creighton’s 2040 Initiative:

  • Maintains this website and accompanying blog with featured contributors and links to 2040-related sites, news items, and articles
  • Conducts an interdisciplinary seminar for Creighton undergraduate and graduate students
  • Hosts speakers on 2040-related trends and other community events
  • Convenes public officials to discuss 2040-related issues and how to address them
  • Organizes academic presentations and conferences to develop awareness and deepen understanding of the identified demographic shifts and their implications

To contribute to Creighton’s 2040 Initiative blog or for more information, please contact the Director, Professor Palma Strand.