MACADR - Program Mission
The Master of Arts in Conflict
Analysis and Dispute Resolution addresses the local, regional,
state, national and international need for highly skilled
conflict resolvers to work within judicial, governmental and
social service systems, as well as in educational and religious
communities. This program empowers students with the knowledge
and advanced skills needed to work effectively in this field.
Conflict resolvers currently find employment in virtually every
aspect of society, working in international capacities as well
as within local towns and neighborhoods helping people deal
productively with conflict and training others to do so for
Although conflict resolution is a
relatively young field, it is developing at a tremendous pace.
A 2000 survey, conducted by Price Waterhouse and Cornell
University’s PERC Institute on Conflict Resolution of over 500
corporations in the Fortune 1000 category, found that 90% of the
respondents saw Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a
critical cost-control technique (Ford, 2000). Of the thousand
largest corporations in America, nearly 90% currently use
mediation to avoid costly litigation and to get more
satisfactory agreements and preserve relationships (Ury, 2000).
Conflict resolution is currently used in areas as diverse as
federal and state agencies and law enforcement, and it is
becoming routinely used in school, churches and communities
The rapidly increasing interest in
conflict analysis and dispute resolution is expected to
translate into jobs in the profession. The Alliance for
Conflict Transformation (ACT) recently reported that “it is
clear, based on the data presented in this report, that the
peace and conflict resolution field is currently in a growth
stage with an increasing number of positions at all levels and
sectors…Moreover, an increasing number of institutions are
creating conflict divisions and/or hiring staff to help
mainstream a conflict perspective into their respective
organizations.” In fact, 55% of the organizations studied in the
research stated that they expected the number of conflict
resolution related positions to increase over the next five
years (Zelizer and Johnston, 2005).
||Ford, J., (2000). Workplace
Conflict: Facts and Figures. Retrieved July 8, 2005, from
||Ury, W. (2000). The Third
Side. New York: Penguin Books.
||Zelizer, C. and Johnston, L.
(2005). Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Developing a Career in
International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Alexandria, VA:
Alliance for Conflict Transformation, Inc.