Overview

The Master of Science in Communication with a concentration in Negotiations and Conflict Resolution prepares students with applied theory in conflict, negotiation and mediation; the practice of strategies for real-world situations; and coaching based on a personalized skill inventory. Using case studies and simulated exercises (hostage negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, employment mediation, and multiparty negotiations), you will develop skills to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence. 

Curriculum

The MS in Communications with a concentration in Negotiation & Conflict Resolution is a flexible curriculum that advances students' professional interests and goals through hybrid and online formats.

The curriculum includes a capstone in which you can choose 1 out of 4 options: professional internship, comprehensive exam, thesis, or special study project.  

The program is structured as followed:

  • 36 credits are required, of which up to 6 may be waived based on prior academic work.
    • 21 credits (7 courses) comprise the core offerings.
    • 9 required concentration credits (3 courses)
    • 6 related elective credits (2 courses) Students may take any courses offered at the graduate level to fulfill their elective credits.
COM729
Mediation&Facilitation:Tech to Intervene
3 credits
COM732
Adv Negotiations:Skills to Influence
3 credits
COM701
Communication, Ethics & Society
3 credits
COM702
Organizational Communication
3 credits
COM703
Communication Research
3 credits
COM705
Media Relations
3 credits
COM709
Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
3 credits
COM738
Persuasion & Public Opinion
3 credits
COM796
Comprehensive Examination
3 credits
COM797
Thesis
3 credits
COM798
Special Study Project
3 credits
COM799
Professional Internship
3 credits

Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's Communication graduate degree or certificate programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission. The TOEFL may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework*
  3. A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
  4. Resume

*A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates with fewer than 3 years of professional work experience.

Materials can be provided through MyPortal or emailed to gradinfo@lasell.edu.