The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation is a yearlong interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English with an optional thesis component. Students graduate from this program have acquired the tools for effective analysis, mediation and negotiation strategies, and conflict resolution frameworks in the international arena. Students also earn a certificate of completion issued by Tel Aviv University for the program’s workshop in International Mediation. Learn more about this innovative master’s degree on the program’s website. Please contact the program staff directly with any questions.
Owing to the interdisciplinary nature of conflict resolution students' backgrounds and interests, alumni have established careers at organizations and businesses in a variety of sectors. Some alumni have also pursued additional advanced degrees. Our emphasis on accepting applicants with employment history has a direct effect on a student's ability to find a relevant internship placement and work after the studies.
Students have gone on to work in the following sectors:
- International Government Organizations (e.g. UN, UNRWA)
- Think-tanks and policy centers (e.g. INSS)
- Human Rights (e.g. Amnesty International, Human Rights Campaign)
- International Relations (e.g. Elnet, Leadel)
- Politics (e.g. Partners for Progressive Israel, AIPAC)
- Foreign Ministries (e.g. Israel, Switzerland)
- For-Profit (e.g. law offices, consulting firms, banking)
The interdisciplinary curriculum offered by the Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program provides students with a comprehensive view of conflicts and their resolution. The year is divided into three semesters, allowing students to gradually learn and apply recently acquired knowledge through research and simulations.
The first semester is dedicated to obtaining in-depth knowledge of the fields concerning conflict resolution, ranging from international law to psychology, political science, anthropology, and negotiations. A total of seven courses are taken in the first semester.
During the second and third semesters, students choose from a variety of classes, both electives, and seminars, according to their interests. These semesters concentrate primarily on research and analysis. A total of two seminars and six electives are taken between these two semesters.
The program strives to educate and train students in areas related to their interests and prospective career goals. The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation therefore also allows students to take up to two courses (4 credits) in other Tel Aviv University International Programs. This includes courses in Security and Diplomacy, Emergency and Disaster Management, Migration Studies, Crisis and Trauma Studies, among others. The program’s student coordinator works with accepted students in choosing courses based on upon students’ learning goals. Students must complete a total of 41 credit hours.
Students have the option to write a thesis upon completion of the MA coursework.
Our faculty members reflect the diversity of disciplines involved in the study of conflict resolution. Faculty hail from the leading departments and institutions in Israel, including:
- Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University
- Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Tel Aviv University
- Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
- School of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University
- School of Psychology, Tel Aviv University
- Organizational Behavior Department at the Coller School of Management, Tel-Aviv University
- Israel Center for Negotiation and Mediation
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem
- Israel Defense Force's International Law Department
- Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
- Ben Gurion University
- Lund University
- Salisbury University
Conflict Resolution and Mediation students boast a range of academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree) from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or 80 on a 100-point scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.0-2.9 or 70-80, may be considered but require permission from the Faculty's Academic Committee. Applications with several years of academic and/or professional experience after obtaining their first degree are given preference. The program seeks self-motivated students who can create connections between the topics presented and their personal interest in conflict resolution. Classroom participation is an integral aspect of the program's educational approach, and incoming students are accepted with the expectation that they will contribute in kind to their fellow classmates' education.
Applications are available through the online portal. Application requirements include:
- CV or resume
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official Academic Transcripts
- TOEFL or IELTS exam scores
- Personal essay
- Passport copy
- Application fee
- Health Declaration
The application process includes a personal interview, conducted in-person or via Skype or telephone call. International applicants who plan to be in Israel prior to completing their application are strongly advised to schedule an appointment with the Conflict Resolution and Mediation team while in the country.
Costs & Funding
Amounts are given in $USD.
Annual Tuition: $16,800
Tuition includes academic fees, access to campus libraries, academic trips and site visits throughout the year, health insurance, and membership in the Student Union. There is a limited amount of on-campus housing available for international graduate students, with the majority preferring to live in rented apartments throughout Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Thesis Tuition: $5000
Students who earn a GPA of 86 or higher after the first semester are eligible to write a thesis. Students wishing to pursue a thesis will be required to pay $5000 USD for the thesis component of the program, which includes a dedicated thesis advisor or advisors, access to university facilities including libraries and databases, the ability to audit courses as needed, health insurance, and membership in the Student Union. If a fifth semester is required, the student will be charged an additional $500.
Scholarships and Funding
TAU International is committed to making education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Several sources of funding are available, including need-based tuition assistance, delayed payment plans, and external scholarships. TAU also participates in U.S. federal student loan programs. See funding opportunities available through the Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program as well as through Tel Aviv University International.
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Last updated January 25, 2018