Conflict Resolution Degree: What to expect?

If you’re a parent, a sibling, a Teacher, a coworker, or an employee, you’ve probably already had some experience resolving conflicts between other people. If you enjoy the task, why not turn it into a paying career?

With a conflict resolution degree, you could work on child custody issues and with couples going through divorce. Or, you could work with disgruntled employees, employers, or unions. Heck, you could even mediate world peace through international conflict and crisis resolution techniques.

Pique your interest? Read on to find out more.


Your playground negotiation skills might come in handy, but you still need to earn a degree in order for employers to take you seriously. Start with a bachelor’s degree. Check out the links on this page to get you started on your school search.

Classwork will take about four years to complete, and includes core requirement work as well as topics directed towards your career in conflict resolution. You’ll study psychology to better understand human memory, emotions, and responses. Other coursework will educate you about world politics and cultural differences—a pivotal component for understanding how nations interact with one another. In addition, you’ll learn about resolution techniques.

Next Step

Many people working in this field continue on to earn a master’s degree in conflict resolution. Again, you can use the resources here at Inside Jobs to locate a suitable program. Some programs are even available online for your scheduling convenience.

With your degree in hand, you can begin your job search. While you scour online job boards and local classified ads, look for job titles such as Mediator, Arbitrator, and Conciliator. Also, build your experience through an internship, which will allow you to see how the process works outside the comfort of the classroom.

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