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Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution

521 Master's Degrees Annually
28 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#145 in Popularity (Master's)

Types of Degrees Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many peace studies and conflict resolution graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 521
Graduate Certificate 81
Doctor’s Degree 28

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution?

521 Master's Degrees Annually
64% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 64% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of conflict resolution majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Conflict Resolution Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 18
Black or African American 79
Hispanic or Latino 59
White 255
International Students 69
Other Races/Ethnicities 41

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Conflict Resolution. About 13.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Nigeria
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Canada

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in conflict resolution was $46,000 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $39,025 (25th percentile) and $50,925 (75th percentile).


One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to conflict resolution.

Online Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Programs

In 2018-2019, 98 schools offered a conflict resolution program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 12 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 0
Bachelor’s Degree 23 3
Post-Baccalaureate 12 1
Master’s Degree 28 5
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

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Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
International Studies 7,967
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731
Natural Sciences 2,571
Cognitive Science 2,275
Sustainability Science 2,194
Human Biology 1,460
Gerontology 1,281
Human Computer Interaction 1,272
Science, Technology & Society 1,171
Mathematics & Computer Science 1,105
Computational Science 927
Systems Theory 917
Museum Studies 801
Dispute Resolution 668
Historic Preservation 433
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 424
Classical & Ancient Studies 303
Marine Science 275
Cultural Studies & Analysis 227
Biopsychology 165
Medieval Studies 108
Accounting & Computer Science 71
Maritime Studies 45
Holocaust Studies 40


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