Peace and Conflict Studies, P.B.C.



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Learn to transform conflict into positive change, growth, and learning. Use an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates the fundamentals of conflict resolution practice, analysis, and fieldwork to learn the skills and techniques necessary to successfully manage and resolve conflicts.

The post-baccalaureate certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies at UNC Greensboro prepares students for the changing nature of professions, businesses, and community services. The certificate program is beneficial for those who have already received a graduate degree, but would like to specialize in conflict resolution as a new area of focus. It is also appropriate for those who possess an undergraduate degree and are seeking to obtain fundamental knowledge of the conflict resolution field of study or for professionals who have already earned a graduate degree in their professional field, but who would benefit from academic study of applications of conflict resolution in their current profession.

The Peace and Conflict Studies curriculum employs an interdisciplinary, critical, and social justice approach to conflict theory, peace studies, research, and practice. Our courses are designed not only for aspiring conflict professionals, but also for students in other programs looking to enhance their skills through peace and conflict electives. 

The Student Experience

  • Any earned credits in this certificate program can be counted toward the MA in conflict resolution, if the student applies for and is accepted to the master’s program at a later date.
  • The certificate has 2 modes of delivery: It can be completed on-campus or online in an asynchronous format.

After Graduation

Graduates of this program may work in positions or fields such as these:

  • Academic Foreign Languages Translator
  • Advocacy Coordinator
  • Attorney
  • Business Development Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Community Building / Organizing
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Community Service Agent
  • Conflict Resolution Expert or Consultant
  • Counterterrorism Analyst
  • Development Associate
  • Diplomat / Peacebuilder
  • Educator: K–12 and Higher Education
  • Government Technical Representative
  • Higher Education Professional
  • Homeless Management Information Systems Specialist
  • Human Resources & Trauma Specialist
  • Humanitarian Assistant Officer
  • Humanitarian Immigration Lawyer
  • International Development
  • Judicial Services Coordinator
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal / Criminal Justice
  • Marketing & Public Relations Assistant
  • Mediator / Negotiator
  • Medical / Health Care
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Paralegal
  • Peace Practitioner
  • Policy Officer or Legal Advocate
  • Political Office 
  • Program Manager/Director
  • Recovery Services
  • Residential Specialist
  • Restorative Justice
  • School Counselor
  • Student Conduct & Alternative Resolution Specialist
  • Trainer / Facilitator
  • War & Defense Lecturer
  • Sites of employment can include:
    • Government / Public
    • Community
    • Businesses and Corporations
    • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
    • Nonprofits

Apply to Program

  • Complete an online application to the Graduate School
  • For best consideration, please complete your application by July 1 for fall and by October 1 for spring
  • Submit the following to the Graduate School
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate work (whether a degree was obtained or not).
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • GRE is not required
  • Write a personal statement [250-300 words] regarding your goals and expectations of the program and include it with your online application.
    If considered for admission, you will be taking courses that explore the theoretical and historical foundations of the field; tools and frameworks of analysis; dynamics of transitional justice; and skills and tools of practice.

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Program Details

Degree Type: Graduate Certificate

College/School: School of Health and Human Sciences

Program Type: Graduate Certificate

Class Type: In Person,Online

Contact Us

Dr. Douglas P. Fry
Graduate Program Director
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
UNC Greensboro
1510 Walker Avenue, 4th Floor
Greensboro, NC 27412