Graduate Degree Information

Educating the next generation of conflict resolution specialists.

Why study conflict resolution? Great question—with many great answers. One reason: Conflict resolution is recognized as a key competency within almost every professional role. The Werner Institute has a variety of ways to customize your professional goals through a variety of degree programs.

Our program

The M.S. NCR program is customizable to suit local and distance learners. You have the flexibility of earning your degree on campus, online or both.
You can learn more by reviewing our Program FAQs.

Our Degrees and Certificates

M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (M.S. NCR) – this interdisciplinary degree program is offered online as well as at the Werner Institute, located in the Creighton University School of Law. 

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate – learn the core principles of conflict management, negotiation, and conflict resolution in as little as eight months. Choose from the on-campus or online certificate options.

Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management Graduate Certificate – this online program allows professionals to expand the skills needed for collaboration and conflict management in health care settings.

Dual Degree Options

On Campus

To earn the M.S. NCR at Creighton you must complete 32 credits:

22 credits in Foundational, Skills, and Processes
7 elective credits focused on advanced topics in conflict resolution
3 credits towards a capstone practicum or thesis
Learn more by reviewing our Program FAQs.


To earn the M.S. NCR online at Creighton you must earn 32 credits with 8 credit hours covering selected concentrations.
Concentrations include:

Health Care Collaboration and Dispute Resolution
International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Organizational Collaboration and Conflict Management.  

You will be required to attend two residential workshops at Creighton University that are built into two one-week segments. You can complete the program within 15-18 months. 
Learn more about our online programs here.

Program Goals

By integrating applied and scholarly approaches, the program goals are to provide students with the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Define and apply the theoretical frameworks in conflict engagement and different processes (e.g. negotiation, facilitation, mediation, civic engagement)
  • Demonstrate core competencies and practical skills for effectively understanding and engaging in conflict situations in a productive and constructive manner
  • Demonstrate an enhanced capacity for engaging diverse stakeholders in creative problem solving and engage in critical thinking
  • Practice reflective professional development in alignment with Ignatian values
  • Effectively apply technology to conflict engagement processes
  • Collaborate effectively with other individuals and design conflict engagement processes across diverse groups of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion and sexual orientation