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ILR/Scheinman Institute Announce New Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution


Starting this fall, the ILR School is offering a new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Conflict Resolution. The MPS in Conflict Resolution, Ithaca Campus, draws upon the strengths of Cornell’s Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. The institute trains more students in mediation and arbitration than any other school in the United States. Its world-class faculty conducts research that addresses critical issues in conflict resolution, and its findings often influence public policy. The Institute is known worldwide for its expertise in teaching, research and organizational consulting in the field of conflict resolution – with a special focus on workplace disputes. The Institute is part of Cornell’s ILR School  the preeminent educational institution in the world, focused on work, employment and labor.

Harry Katz, Jack Sheinkman Professor and Director of the Scheinman Institute stated, “The audience for this program will be individuals seeking to deepen or pursue conflict resolver roles within an organization (e.g. ombuds or dedicated organizational mediators) or individuals seeking to transition to a full-time mediator or arbitrator career.”

  • The program consists of two full time semesters, and is based at Cornell’s Ithaca campus. 
  • The academic requirements include 30 course credits including completion of an eight-credit capstone project, developed under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
  • Students receive advice and mentoring throughout the program from a faculty advisor and a practitioner mentor.
  • The eight-credit capstone project could include field-based studies, case studies, or more traditional academic research.

Enrollees will be required to have 8 years of post-bachelor degree work experience.

Students of diverse demographic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

Scholarship support is available. Preference will be given to candidates who enhance the diversity, equity and inclusion of the conflict resolution field and that of the university.

The application deadline for the fall of 2021 is June 1, 2021.

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