The Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation program examines growing concerns surrounding issues of injustice, violence, apathy, and unrest in our lives, schools, neighborhoods, and global community. It equips students with the skills and vision to effectively navigate these volatile times and to orchestrate the dynamics of change with diverse constituencies and across a multitude of environments.
The program prepares students to serve as conflict transformers in a number of areas – including corporations, public schools, legal practices, healthcare organizations, social services, and more.
Classes meet one weekend per month (Friday from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm) and for one full week in each of two summers. In addition, students complete a self-designed 90-hour mentorship with a leader of conflict transformation in a specific interest area of their choice.
Throughout the degree program, students learn a number of practices and techniques for mediation:
- Nonviolent Communication and peace-building
- Advocating for social justice, environmental sustainability, and human rights
- Mitigating bullying and intolerance in schools
The MA in Conflict Transformation utilizes an integrated curriculum, where course content is delivered holistically across each of the program’s various class sessions.
Courses (36 credits):
CT 501 - HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF WAR, PEACE & PEACEFULNESS - 2 CREDITS
CT 502 - THE PEACE IMPERATIVE - 2 CREDITS
CT 503 - PSYCHOLOGY AND LINGUISTICS OF PEACE & PEACEFULNESS (I.E., CONFLICT, RESOLUTION, AND TRANSFORMATION) - 4 CREDITS
CT 504 - AESTHETICS, ART, AND LITERATURE OF PEACE (I.E., THE ART OF TRANSMUTATION) - 4 CREDITS
CT 505 - PROMOTING PEACE I - LANGUAGE OF TRANSCENDENCE - 4 CREDITS
CT 506 - PROMOTING PEACE II - VENUES, RESOURCES & APPROACHES - 4 CREDITS
CT 507 - MICRO MODEL OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION: A REFLECTIVE PROJECT - 4 CREDITS
CT 508 - ACTION RESEARCH DESIGN AND CASE STUDIES - 6 CREDITS
CT 509 - THE MENTORSHIP - 2 CREDITS
CT 510 - ACTION RESEARCH AND FIELD PROJECT: COMPREHENSIVE REPORT - 4 CREDITS
Total tuition for the 36-credit MA in Conflict Transformation is $15,408, at $428 per credit. A one-time, non-refundable, application fee of $60 – and a program fee of $385 – also are required. The graduation fee is $90, payable on the first of the month prior to completion of coursework.
To begin an MA degree program, payment is required for the first six credits plus the one-time program fee of $385. Students can then elect to continue with a quarterly or monthly payment plan.
Payment of tuition and fees may be made by check or money order (payable to The Graduate Institute), or online payments can be made using credit or debit cards through PayPal - see "Pay Tuition" tab at the top of this page.
Student Loan Opportunities
Students may apply for Connecticut state loans through the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA), which offers low-fixed-interest-rate loans, with no application fees. Applicants – or co-applicants, if any – must have a minimum $20,000 gross annual income, and monthly loan installment payments must amount to 40% or less of monthly gross income. Students may defer interest while in school and for a 6-month grace period (interest is capitalized annually). The CALS Graduate Institute School Code is 117777-00. Access the loan hotline at 800-935-2275 or visit www.chesla.org for more information.
Alumni Tuition Discount
An alumnus of any of The Graduate Institute's Master of Arts degree programs qualifies for a tuition discount of $2,000 towards another MA degree, a tuition discount of $1,000 towards a Certificate program or a tuition discount of $300 towards the TCT coaching program.
Early Application Tuition Discount
Submit your admissions application for a fall 2015 program on or before September 15, 2015 and receive a tuition discount: $1,000 towards a Master of Arts program; $500 towards a Certificate program; $300 towards the TCT coaching program.
Special Offer for Educators
Applicants for the fall of 2015 for MA degrees who teach full time in Priority and Alliance School Districts* are eligible for a $2,568 tuition reduction.
*Ansonia, Bloomfield, Bristol, Bridgeport, Danbury, Derby, East Hartford, East Haven, East Windsor, Hamden, Hartford, Killingly, Manchester, Middletown, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Norwich, Putnam, Stamford, Vernon, Waterbury, West Haven, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.
Transfer of Credit Tuition Waiver for up to Six Credits for an MA Program
You may be eligible to transfer up to six (6) graduate credits from another graduate school if they were not used to obtain a degree. Master of Arts students who show evidence (official transcript) for those credits of graduate study as a non-matriculated student may obtain a tuition waiver for those credits. Requests for this tuition waiver are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Academic Affairs Committee renders all decisions regarding transfer of credit.
Financial Aid - Need Based
Financial Aid is available to eligible candidates for the fall of 2015 who have financial hardship and can provide documentation* to support their need. Mail a statement and documentation to The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 06524 Attention: Financial Aid
*must provide copy of most recent year tax return, asset statement, and current paycheck stub for eligibility determination.
Coaching Program Discount
Sign up for Transformative Coach Training (TCT - click here) and one other MA or Certificate program and receive a $1,000 discount towards the MA or Certificate program. For example, take the Integrative Health and Healing 9-credit Certificate to specialize in Health and Wellness Coaching, or the 36-credit MA in Consciousness Studies to specialize in Life or Spiritual Coaching, or the 36-credit MA in Organizational Leadership to specialize in Executive Coaching or the 12-credit Certificate in Applied Storytelling to specialize in Storytelling Coaching.
Important considerations regarding tuition discounts, waivers or reductions:
- Discounts are for fall 2015 enrollments, only.
- Discounts will not apply to any deferred tuition payments or special payment arrangements.
- Discounts will be credited at the end of the degree program.
- Discounts may not be combined.
- Discounts will not be applied retroactively.
- Other restrictions may apply. Policies are subject to change.