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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*
This major is dominated by women with about 64% of recent graduates being 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

Conflict Resolution appeals to people across the globe. 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 2,661
Nutrition Science 1,439
Sustainability Science 1,184
International Studies 1,182
Computational Science 763
Behavioral Science 724
Museum Studies 710
Gerontology 645
Biological & Physical Science 611
Human Computer Interaction 562
Dispute Resolution 522
Systems Theory 460
Historic Preservation 292
Interdisciplinary Studies 213
Mathematics & Computer Science 189
Science, Technology & Society 187
Cognitive Science 152
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 131
Natural Sciences 94
Marine Science 92
Cultural Studies & Analysis 69
Medieval Studies 49
Classical & Ancient Studies 30
Holocaust Studies 30
Maritime Studies 20
Accounting & Computer Science 10
Human Biology 8
Biopsychology 1


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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