The Master of Science in Conflict and Communication is a 32-credit-hour program with a strong foundation in the social sciences, theory and research. It delves into the influence of communication on social conflict development, escalation and resolution, and positions students to be potent mediators of solutions. 

Learn processes that heal communities

An MS degree in conflict and communication prepares graduate students to generate cutting-edge research questions that drive and inform the academic practice of conflict and communication, conduct independent research projects on international and national trends in the study of conflict and communication, and pursue a solutions-based approach to conflict and communication through the study of restorative processes, especially in urban environments.

A brand new program to heal today’s divides

By the time they graduate, this program’s first cohort of students will have the abilities to: 

  • evaluate how communication processes create, reflect and address social conflicts 
  • examine conflict across cultural and situational contexts
  • apply their theoretical studies and practical findings directly to their communities
  • learn how to apply communication theory to analysis 
  • analyze social identity construction in times of conflict.

Master of Mediation: Meet Dr. Deborah A. Cai

Throughout your time as a conflict and communication student, you will undoubtedly work with the renowned Dr. Cai, a leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution, social influence and intercultural communication. 

Her teaching focuses on intercultural communication as well as crisis and conflict management, with courses such as Leadership in Crisis and Conflict Management, Intercultural Negotiation, Communication Theory II and Intercultural Communication Seminar. In fact, she even wrote the book on it; she is the author of the 2010 book Intercultural Communication (Sage). 

Typical Careers

Graduates are prepared for roles in:

  • Think-tanks
  • Academia
  • International policy organizations
  • Research institutions
  • Non-profit social advocacy organizations

Learn more about the Klein Career Center, which offers specialized, career-related services and programming available exclusively to you as a Temple student.

Target Employers and Future Prospects

Graduates of the MS in Conflict and Communication program will stand out in their ability to research and analyze the role communication plays in managing conflict throughout systems. They will be prepared for a number of career options, as well as further doctoral studies in the social sciences.

Situated in the media-rich job market of Philadelphia, Klein graduates have direct access to some of the largest and most well-respected media companies and nonprofits in the country. To make an appointment to discuss your job and career opportunities, visit Klein Connect, our exclusive internship and job portal.