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Theory, research, and practice to address social problems with an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

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The M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution is designed to train reflective professionals in the practice, design, and evaluation of a variety of conflict resolution applications. The M.S. program focuses on pragmatic approaches to solving problems inherent in human social relations. Students are exposed to a wide array of techniques and strategies to help people achieve nonviolent, non-litigious solutions for conflicts that arise in many personal, professional, organizational, and social environments. The M.S. program consists of a 12-course (36 credits) sequence that includes conflict resolution theory, practice skills, field placement, research design, and program evaluation.

The M.S. program is offered in both residential and distance learning formats. These flexible formats allow mid-career working adults and those unable to attend the on-campus program, to study conflict resolution in a creative, rigorous, and structured fashion.  Curriculum is designed for students to successful complete the program’s core curriculum, a field practicum and a Comprehensive Examination (or optional thesis).

Students and faculty have a shared commitment to the “scholarship of engagement,” working with community and organizational partners in the application of theory, research, and practice to address social problems.  This faculty-led research project is one of many research initiatives conducted with students studying in the program:

Developing collaborative processes for resolving conflict related to coastal water management issuesCoastal communities in Florida are facing a range of issues related to the impacts of climate change and development, and social science research plays a critical role in identifying stakeholders, understanding their experiences and perspectives, and engaging them in effective decision-making processes on the personal, professional, and community-wide levels. Dr. Robin Cooper, with funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), worked with the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNRR) in its effort to establish a mechanism for working collaboratively with the community on adaptive management decision-making in the context of fresh water usage.

The purpose of this qualitative research project was three-fold: 1) to understand attitudes and behaviors related to water usage among residents in the Rookery Bay region; 2) to explore how community members have engaged in water-related decision-making in personal and professional contexts; 3) to describe community members’ experiences of receiving and responding to educational information related to water conservation. Several master’s and doctoral candidates in DCRS assisted with the research as part of Dr. Cooper’s research team.

NSU students are given the tools to harness the best within themselves to become the best possible version of themselves.  Applications are being accepted for the Summer and Fall 2019 semesters.  Come experience the NSU Edge which empowers students so they can build their own future and make a difference in the world.

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