School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University

Sport and Conflict Resolution Minor

The sport and conflict resolution minor aids students aspiring to work for organizations that promote sport as a gateway for development, community building, and peace.

Offered jointly with the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, this minor includes sport management courses that frame the sports industry in a philosophical, ethical, cultural, and business context as well as courses in conflict resolution that introduce students to foundational concepts in the study of human conflict, the analysis of conflict, and problem-solving techniques for conflict resolution. Students will also have the opportunity to gain experience working with organizations like Mason’s Center for Sport Management, which promotes sport diplomacy and has created international partnerships through grants from the U.S. Department of State.


More about the Program

The Sport Management Program at George Mason University seeks to prepare reflective, principled, and knowledgeable graduates with professional skill sets that enhance their success in the $490+ billion sport sector. Serving one of the nation’s most diverse student populations, this dynamic, growing program is committed to excellence and seeks to develop students’ professional knowledge and dispositions through a curriculum guided by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) content standards. An integral part of the curriculum is the opportunity for field experiences in sport settings in the Northern Virginia region, metropolitan Washington, D.C., and throughout the world.

Engaging in Sport Diplomacy

Students pursuing a minor in sport and conflict resolution may get involved in the Center for Sport Management, which promotes sport diplomacy to strengthen relations between the United States and other nations. The Center's objectives for this program are to foster opportunities to develop cross-cultural understanding, facilitate interactive exchanges to build relationships, impart information about the United States, provide opportunities for skill development, and develop strategies for dissemination of participants' experiential learning outcomes.

Required Courses (15 credits)

Elective Courses (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Total credits: 18

Note: Eight credits of coursework must be unique to minor.

Program Format

Face to face format, with classes on the Fairfax and Arlington campuses. Degree usually completed within four years.

Application Deadlines


  • Non-Binding Early Action Deadline: November 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 15


  • Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
  • Spring Priority Deadline: October 1

For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.

Application Requirements

Current Mason undergraduate students should contact their advisor about adding a minor. Students may need to fill out the Minor Declaration form from the Registrar's Office website.

Admissions Requirements

Current Mason undergraduate students should contact their advisor about adding a minor. Students may need to fill out the Minor Declaration form from the Registrar's Office website.

Tuition (2021-22)

Virginia Resident $396.25
$546.50 with MSF*
Non-Virginia Resident $1,373.75
$1,524.00 with MSF*
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF) $150.25
CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, PRLS, and RECR courses)
$25.00 - $250.00
Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit $571.50 - $796.50
Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit $1,549.00 - $1,774.00
Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
$350 | $275 for transfer students

Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.


For academic advising questions, contact the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at 703-993-4165 or
2017-18 Sport and Conflict Resolution Minor Advising Sheet



Current students should visit MyMason for important forms and documents.

Sport Management

If you're interested in more than two programs or aren't sure which program to select, just choose the most relevant and we can discuss your options with you.