Master of Science in Conflict and Communication

Discover the impact communication has on the establishment, escalation and reconciliation of conflict with the Master of Science in Conflict and Communication in the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. This 32-credit program is designed to prepare students to address the root causes of conflict and develop practical solutions through communication theories, cutting-edge research and independent studies. 

This program provides graduate students with the tools to generate cutting-edge research that drives and informs the academic study and practice of conflict and communication, conduct independent research projects on international and national trends in the study of conflict and communication, and support practitioners of conflict intervention in the development solutions-based approaches to conflict and communication in the community. Through the Conflict and Communication graduate program, students gain the opportunity to experience and practice conflict and dispute resolution firsthand in a variety of settings, including

  • corporate and community organizational settings;
  • media-based interactions;
  • social identity spaces; and
  • urban, suburban and rural social settings.

After completing the Conflict and Communication MS program, graduates will be able to 

  • recognize and examine conflicts and disputes across multiple social settings, and cultural and situational contexts;
  • apply communication theories and research findings to conflicted communities;
  • work with community practitioners to develop strategies and systems when conflicts arise; and
  • analyze the effectiveness of the conflict resolution process in different communities.

Classes & Curriculum

Classes for the Master of Science in Conflict and Communication are held on Main Campus. The program can be completed in two years on a full-time basis. Part-time students can take up to five years to complete their graduate degrees.

The 32-credit program includes 17 credits of required core coursework, 12 credits of electives and three credits of thesis research. Some of the major courses include

  • Conflict and Communication Theory,
  • Media and Social Conflict, and
  • Methods for Conflict and Communication Research.

See more about the program requirements.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2021–2022 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,078.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,441.00 per credit

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