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The call for peacebuilders grows ever stronger. Whether it is on the national, international, or local level, communities increasingly need peace leaders. The Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX), supported by the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, is responding to this call, offering degree programs that transcend disciplines and increase peacebuilding practice. We are now accepting applications for our 2018-2019 academic year, with full and partial scholarships available.
The Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) is designed for early and mid-career professionals who work or wish to work on nonviolent peacebuilding within governments, international agencies or non-profit organizations.
The program also prepares graduates for global careers in conflict resolution and transformation, security and diplomacy, aid and development, human rights, governance, education, civil society and community development. Students are trained in theoretical and practical issues of coexistence and conflict resolution in divided societies.
Students will gain professional skills to design and implement successful nonviolent interventions that enable groups, nations and regions to embrace peaceful coexistence and use those skills in their work in both government and non-government settings.
Through three pillars, the COEX program curriculum aims at strengthening students’ competencies:
To evaluate conflicts and design strategies for coexistence intervention,
To mediate, negotiate and lead interactions with the different stakeholders,
And to test coexistence theory in the reality of conflict zones through a practicum.
The 16-month curriculum includes an academic year in residence in the Boston area followed by three months of combined fieldwork, leading either to an internship report or master’s thesis. The program is designed to help students develop the ability to foster inter-communal and international cooperation in the face of tension and conflict. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing from fields as diverse as social psychology, political science, sociology, law, anthropology and cultural studies. The Slifka Foundation supports the fieldwork travel costs.
COEX students may also choose to combine a Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence degree with:
- Our dual MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) and MA in Sustainable International Development (SID)responds to the global demand for professional training that addresses the overlap between development and conflict resolution. The SIDCO program gives students the opportunity to train with expert faculty and practitioners in the fields of coexistence and development, who build on one another’s expertise and perspectives.
- Our dual MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence and MBA Non Profit Management, builds synergies across interdisciplinary skills to deliver results on a vision of peace. This dual degree provides a context-appropriate set of strategy, financial management, and operations skills to develop and implement peacebuilding policies through efficient organizations.
- Our Brandeis-University of Peace Dual MA Degree in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) and in International Law of Human Rights (ILHR)enables graduates to address the world’s need for peace professionals and human rights activists who can skillfully integrate the dimensions of coexistence, reconciliation and human rights in their public interest work.
- Our dual MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence with a MS in Global Public Health Management, prepares practitioners who seek careers on the front lines of health policy an conflict resolution, whether it be the reconstruction of health systems post-conflict, the strengthening of health access in refugee crises or the improvement of health programs in domestic areas facing inequality and structural violence.
- Our dual MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence with the KDI School of Government, South Korea prepares professionals to skillfully integrate conflict resolution skills into public policy practice. These two skill sets are strongly needed in the conflict resolution field; where post conflict countries must rebuild their society with public policies that lead to peace, and where policy minded peace professionals can help institute policies that lead a society towards peace before conflict erupts.
- Our joint MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (with the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)combines a rich and specific understanding of the historical, religious, linguistic, and cultural dimensions of the Near East with professional skills for implementing successful interventions that enable groups, nations, and the region to embrace coexistence values in the field. This is similar to how binary options trading works where users are able to trade market using binary option brokers.
- For students seeking to deepen their expertise, the COEX program offers a concentration in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Management
- Students may also study at our partner universities, such as Uppsala University in the Peace and Conflict Research Program, or at Collegium Civitas, Poland, in the Human Rights and Genocide Studies
To complement their expertise, our students collaborate with the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School, which brings together faculty and practitioners from the field of deal-making and conflict resolution. Brandeis University also belongs to a consortium including Boston College, Boston University, Tufts University (excluding the Fletcher School) and the School of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, enabling Heller students to take courses at these schools.
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Scholarships and Financial Aid
Students applying to the COEX program are considered for a variety of scholarships, including the Alan B. Slifka Scholarship in Coexistence and Conflict Resolution, a partial tuition award.
This year we have several full scholarships available:
In addition, the Heller School offers generous scholarships to returning Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, and United States Veterans. Each of these scholarships has unique application requirements and deadlines, so please click here for details.
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final – International Students
June 1: Final – US Citizens/Permanent Residents
For further details about the Coexistence and Conflict Program please visit: http://heller.brandeis.edu/coex/
Questions may be addressed to Sandra Jones, Associate Director COEX Program at firstname.lastname@example.org,