Provides students with policy skills in preventive diplomacy, mediation, and peacebuilding that can be applied to any sector of public and international affairs . 


The specialization in International Conflict Resolution (ICR) provides students with the policy knowledge and tools to tackle international and societal conflict at local, national, regional, and global levels. ICR offers an unusually diverse mix of courses and activities, reflecting the importance of conflict resolution in every realm of policy and professional practice. In keeping with SIPA’s commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry, ICR provides its students with analytical skills that will serve them across multiple disciplines and career paths.  

Students receive practical, hands-on training in various methodologies of conflict resolution and atrocity prevention through interactions with some of the most prominent practitioners and scholars in the field, simulations, and field-based research programs.

ICR is for students who want to promote peaceful change at every level through innovative thinking, purposeful action, and fresh approaches to public policy. Our students challenge conventional wisdom and demand better problem-solving on local and international stages, whether through civil society, the private sector, governments, or international institutions. They are seeking the tools and knowledge to match their vision, courage, and commitment.

Career Paths

ICR prepares students for successful careers in the public, private, and NGO sectors at local, national, and international levels. They are equally at home in the field, in capitals, in headquarters, or in international institutions; everywhere there is an interest in resolving conflict to reach common ground.

ICR students and alumni can use their UNI credentials to access the ICR Alumni Advisors Directory, which contains the profiles of alumni both in the U.S. and abroad who have agreed to share their professional experience and advice. The ICR specialization also regularly facilitates career/networking events, both virtually and in person, which are promoted through the ICR CampusGroups listserv.

Specialization Requirements

Students must complete coursework totaling nine points including:

  • One ICR core course: Conflict Resolution (three points)
  • Two ICR electives (three points per course)

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Do ICR students only go on to work for the United Nations after SIPA?

No. While some ICR alumni do go on to work for the UN, our most recent graduates currently work for humanitarian assistance organizations, civil society organizations committed to community development, government agencies as analysts, and at public sector organizations with a global focus.

What concentration do most ICR students choose?

While a significant number of ICR students are part of the International Security Policy (ISP) concentration or the Human Rights concentration, they belong to every concentration at SIPA.

Do I have to be an MIA degree candidate to be part of ICR?

No. The ICR specialization is open to both MIA and MPA degree candidates.

What kind of practical training can I expect through ICR?

Along with ICR’s annual simulation, a weekend exercise where students work in teams towards a solution to a simulated conflict based on real-world scenarios, the specialization also offers mediation training courses, conflict-mapping workshops, and short courses that cover topics including conflict analysis.