Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Joint Master of Arts with Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

This joint degree of Master of Arts in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence combines a rich and specific knowledge of the historical, religious, linguistic, and cultural dimensions of the Near East with professional skills for implementing successful interventions that enable groups, nations, and the region to embrace coexistence values.

Building sustainable peace is a priority at the crossroads of civilizations in the Near East. It deserves a profession with a proven range of skills and a deep understanding of the greatness and complexity of the Near East.

The Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program (COEX) at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management builds an understanding of the structural and psychosocial causes of conflict and violence from the local to the global. Students develop the professional skills needed to design, facilitate, monitor and evaluate strategic interventions that prevent, mitigate or resolve violent conflicts. Students also learn how to build partnerships delivering coexistence work through security, democracy, human rights, education and development.

The Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department provides a deep understanding in the fields that it embraces: the study of the history, religion, languages, and literature of the Jewish people, Arabic and Islamic civilizations, early Christianity and the languages and culture of the Bible and the Ancient Near East.

This joint program is designed for early and mid-career professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of the Near East and their coexistence skill set in order to develop or enhance a career within governments, international agencies, non-government peace organizations or related fields.


  • Ordinarily, two years of full time residence are required at the normal course rate of seven or eight courses each academic year.
  • For specific degree requirements, please visit the Brandeis Bulletin.