University of Montana, Missoula

Natural Resources Conflict Resolution

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The Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program is a unique curriculum designed to help students develop practical skills to prevent and resolve natural resources conflicts. Students develop knowledge and competencies in alternative approaches to resolving natural resources and environmental conflict; the theory and methods of collaboration, multiparty negotiation, and consensus building; the role of facilitation and mediation; and innovative approaches to resolve science-intensive conflicts and engage unaffiliated citizens. The program links theory with practice; students will have an opportunity to apply the ideas of collaboration and conflict resolution to western water, public lands, land use and growth, transboundary resource management, and other natural resources and environmental issues. Students must also complete a practicum, which allows them to further develop and refine their knowledge and skills in collaboration and conflict resolution.

Students who complete the program earn a Certificate in Natural Resources Conflict Resolution. The program is designed to be embedded within any graduate program or professional curriculum, such as law or business.

For more information, please visit the program website at

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Shawn Johnson
Chair, Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program
Director, Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

Degrees Available