Graduate Certificate in
Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
at The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution 

This 15-credit program is tailored to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to Mass Atrocity Prevention, including genocide and mass violence prevention. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, or graduate students seeking specialized, practical knowledge, the certificate program integrates conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical techniques of preventing mass atrocities. Certificate courses include intensive sessions, lectures, seminars, and applied-mentored learning in real and simulated situations. Students consider strategies to prevent mass atrocities through policy planning, diplomacy, civil society building, democratization, development, education, and “up-streaming” prevention efforts that apply peace-building, dialogue, and conflict resolution approaches designed specifically for highly-escalated conflict contexts where mass atrocities seem likely to appear.

Certificate Requirements

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Required Courses (9 credits):

  • CONF 501 Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
    *S-CAR PhD students take their doctoral introduction class instead.

  • CONF 625 Engaging Conflict (Genocide Prevention Section or US Holocaust Memorial Museum Section)

  • CONF 654 Mass Atrocity: Early Warning and Prevention

Select two courses from the following (6 credits):

Total Credits: 15

*Current PhD and MS students at S-CAR can take the certificate using their elective credits. Contact the student advisor or the Certificate Program Director for more information.