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Program in Coexistence and Conflict The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University

  • Waltham, MA
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 58%42%
    student ratio
  • 59
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 15
    fall application deadline
  • 62%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


A Graduate Program in Peaceful Conflict Resolution at a Top University

The master's program in Coexistence and Conflict (COEX) at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management is a unique, diverse learning community for mid-career professionals interested in peacefully solving the challenges and conflicts within an increasingly global society. Graduates emerge with valuable skills in mediation, policymaking, and conflict analysis.

The interdisciplinary program accepts students from a wide variety of professions, including law, finance, journalism, security, education, and diplomacy. Students in the highly selective COEX program have opportunities to work closely with some of the world's foremost experts in conflict and coexistence; additionally, each student in the COEX program gains valuable experience through an independent field project or internship.

"US News and World Report" gives Brandeis a ranking among the top 30 national universities and the top 40 best-value schools; the university also ranks among the Best Northeastern Colleges and the Best Value Private Colleges according to "The Princeton Review."

Challenging Careers in Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution

Most graduates of the Coexistence and Conflict Master's program at Brandeis University pursue careers in governments or other organizations that deal with conflict resolution and coexistence, such as the US Army, Oxfam, and the United Nations. COEX graduates live and work in the United States, Nepal, India, Kosovo, and Rwanda.

Some program graduates have gone on to find teaching positions at colleges and universities around the world. About 15 percent of graduates pursue doctoral degrees in a field related to conflict, coexistence, or peace-building.

A Solid Foundation in Theory, Research Methods, and Analysis

The COEX master's program at Brandeis University is designed to be completed in 16 months. Students in the program complete all of their academic coursework in residency on the Brandeis University campus during the first year of the program.

During their on-campus residencies, students in the COEX program complete 2.5 core courses designed to provide them with solid foundations in theory and analysis; intervention strategies; and design, monitoring, and evaluation of intervention strategies.

Students also choose 4 pre-approved electives that align with their interests and professional goals. Electives are drawn from a variety of disciplines, including history, political science, anthropology, and social psychology.

Students may also participate in a trip to Washington, DC, and to New York City. The trip gives students unique opportunities to meet and network with representatives from influential international organizations such as World Bank and the United Nations.

The Master's Field Project

After students complete their academic coursework, they complete 3-month field projects. Students work closely with faculty members to design field projects that will provide practical experiences working in their chosen locations and areas of expertise.

Students may choose to complete an internship or independent fieldwork. Field projects must be completed under the supervision of an experienced practitioner in the student's chosen area of interest. At the end of the field project, COEX students submit 60-page reports detailing their experiences.

Examples of past projects include Abdallah Ddumba's examination of religious congregations in Waltham, Massachusetts; Pamela Akun's work as a gender and conflict prevention and recovery intern with UNDP New York; and Jerome Kanyong's study of issues related to police training in Ghana.

The Sustainable International Development and Coexistence and Conflict Dual-Degree Program

The dual-degree program in Sustainable International Development (SID) and Coexistence and Conflict (COEX) is designed for students who are interested in pursuing economic aid and development work in areas of conflict.

In addition to studying the theories and research methods related to coexistence and conflict, students in the dual-degree program also gain understandings of the economic and development factors that shape and affect conflict situations.

Students in the program spend 2 academic years completing academic coursework at Brandeis. After completing their coursework, students complete 12-week field projects. Students earn 2 degrees upon completion of the program: a master's in coexistence and conflict and a master's in sustainable international development.

Renowned Faculty Members With Diverse Backgrounds and Research Interests

The COEX faculty is composed of experts from a variety of fields, including international politics, race relations, mediation processes, and human rights.

Notable faculty members include Professor Alain Lampereur, who is a top researcher in the fields of mediation and conflict negotiation. Professor Lampereur has served as an adviser for several international organizations, including NATO and WHO.

Professor Mari Fitzduff has more than 20 years of experience in coexistence policy research and development. Professor Fitzduff is a nationally-renowned expert on conflict and diversity, and she has served as a consultant and trainer for conflict programs around the world.

Admissions and Financial Assistance Options

To be considered for the program, students must submit an online application form, 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and a 2- to 3-page personal statement that discusses the student's career goals, and interest in the COEX master's program.

All applicants should be working professionals with 3 to 5 years of experience in a field related to conflict and coexistence.

A Top-Ranking Research University in Historic New England

Brandeis University has a reputation as one of the nation's top research institutions and is consistently ranked as a "best-value" private university. Brandeis is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, just 9 miles from Boston. In addition to being home to a vast array of cultural and historical attractions, shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, Boston also boasts several major universities and one of the largest student populations in the world.

Location & Contact

Program in Coexistence and Conflict

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University

415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
United States

Dr. Alain Lempeuer


Phone: 781-736-3959
Fax: 781-736-8561

Ms. Anne Gudaitis

Program Administrator

Phone: 781-736-8575
Fax: 781-736-8561

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Conflict Resolution And Mediation/Peace Studies Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts/Master of Arts (MA/MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 15
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


62% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 120
    • Accepted 75
    • Acceptance Rate 62
    • Enrolled 26
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $55
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 15th March 5th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees3 letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae or resume, 5 years of field experience
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students59
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students59
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian47%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown35%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchIntercommunal conflicts, strategic intervention, conflict resolution, coexistence and conflict, international and inter-governmental organizations
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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