The primary objective of the MSCM is to produce students who: (1) understand the nature of conflict from the perspective of multiple disciplines; (2) understand the continuum of responses to conflict; (3) possess the necessary skills to facilitate the management of various types of conflict; (4) demonstrate the ability to analyze and research conflict in an organizational environment; (5) demonstrate the ability to design conflict intervention procedures and strategies appropriate to a particular situation or environment; (6) demonstrate the ability to evaluate the efficacy of a given intervention or system of interventions; and (7) successfully participate in conflict management on a particular level in one or more specific environments. The Master’s program prepares students to identify and pursue opportunities for a new career based on conflict management expertise. The MSCM also provides students with enhanced credentials to pursue career advancement in an existing work environment.
To be considered for admission to the MSCM program, the following application materials must be gathered by the student and submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Kennesaw State University, 3391 Town Point Dr., MD 9109 Kennesaw, GA 30144:
Application Form and Fee: An online graduate application should be filled out by the student. A non-refundable fee of $60 must be paid at time of application.
Transcripts: Official transcript for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses must be submitted.
Test Score: Applicants must submit a score from a standardized test including the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT); or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Test requirements are waived for applicants who have earned an advanced degree. Minimum scores are generally 280 GRE General, 3.5 Analytical Writing; 475 GMAT; 151 LSAT; however, students with scores below that may apply,
Letter of Intent: An application letter that states the applicant’s interest and goals for the MSCM and the potential use of the degree.
Résumé: A current résumé is required.
Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential for graduate study and use of the MSCM degree from employers, supervisors, or professors familiar with the applicant’s ability.
An official TOEFL or IELTS score report. Students from countries where English is the primary or official language do not need to submit TOEFL scores. Students who have an accredited US degree also do not need to submit TOEFL scores.
*International applicants have additional requirements; see Graduate Admissions section of this catalog.
Consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record, test scores, letters of recommendation, résumé, and typed personal statement and objectives. However, when there is a conflict in the predictions of success from the GPA and test score, exceptions may be made if the applicant’s educational background, excellence in performance in business and professional activities, creativity and leadership, or experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution indicates success in the program. In reviewing the academic work of applicants, the junior/senior adjusted grade point average for all applicants will be considered. In cases where the applicant has done additional accredited undergraduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree or has done accredited graduate work, the most recent two-year adjusted GPA will be used in the admissions consideration.
An applicant will not be admitted until a completed application, application fee, letter of intent, current résumé, two letters of recommendation, valid Immunization Certificate, official test score, and official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses have been received and evaluated.
Admission Criteria for Unique Cases
MSCM courses are closed for admission to any student not currently enrolled in the MSCM program; however, any student admitted to graduate study at KSU may request “permission of the instructor” to enroll. This is up to the discretion of the faculty of record in the course and the MSCM program director.
Students are not allowed to transfer credit into the MSCM program. If a student has already completed accredited general mediation or family mediation training, that skills training may be waived once they are accepted into the program. Additional credits may be required to compensate for the waived course(s).
Petition to Graduate
Each MSCM student must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of program requirements. A petition will be prepared and distributed to each MSCM student by the administrative director. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .
Program of Study