Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution
Holloway Hall

MA CADR Application Process

Application to Salisbury University's Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution Program requires graduate students to apply to SU for Graduate Study AND to the Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution. Listed below are the documents required and the offices to which they should be sent. All documents must be received by the deadline or your application will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Application materials will be held for one year from the application deadline.


Questions about or difficulties with the Graduate Application should be directed to University Admissions at (410) 543–6161.
  • Application & Fees
Complete and submit an Application for Graduate Program Admission along with a $65 application fee (as of 2014). The application fee is neither refundable nor deferrable for a future semester of entrance. Applicants are encouraged to apply electronically here; electronic application greatly reduces the time required to process your application.
  • Transcripts
Contact the Registrar's Office at each community college, college, and university you attended (whether or not credit was actually earned) and request that official records are sent directly to Salisbury University Admissions, 1200 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.


Questions about or difficulties with the Residency Information Form should be directed to the Residency Office at (410) 543–6547.

  • Maryland Residents

If you are a permanent resident of Maryland, you must complete and submit the Residency Information Form to be considered for in-state tuition. The Residency Information Form is included in the electronic application process. A printable version is available here.  Mail the document to: Salisbury University Residency Office, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.

If you have specific questions, please contact the Residency Office at              (410) 543-6574 or email them at


Questions about the MA CADR Application should be directed to the MA CADR graduate director: Dr. Jacques Koko by email at: or by phone at (410) 677-0135 or
Dr. Brian Polkinghorn by email at: or by phone at (410) 219-2873.

  • MA CADR Application

Complete and sign the MA CADR Application.

  • Resume or CV

Applicants must submit a current resume or CV.  Remember to include any conflict resolution related activities, publications, trainings, and/or work experience.

  • Three Letters of Recommendation
Using the CADR Recommendation Form, provide three professional letters of recommendation. We suggest one from an employer, one from an academic source, and one from a professional colleague or community associate. Do not ask friends or relatives. Waive or retain your right of access on each form, then give one form and a self addressed stamped envelope to each referee for completion. Each referee should complete the questions, sign the form, place the original in the envelope, and sign his/her name across the envelope seal before mailing. Submit the UNOPENED envelopes with your MA CADR Application. Recommendations MUST have an intact signature across the envelope seal to be considered valid.
  • Personal Statement

Include on a separate document a personal statement that is typed and double spaced that is approximately 1-2 pages in length.  In this statement applicants should outline their reasons for pursuing the MA CADR degree program.

Questions applicants may want to think about in writing personal statement:

  • What are your overall career goals and how do you expect this program will help you meet those goals?
  • What are your academic goals with respect to this program?
  • What makes you well suited to pursue a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution?
  • How do you currently use conflict resolution skills and practice in your everyday life? How do you anticipate this program improving that?
  • Writing Sample

Applicants should submit a sample work of 5-10 pages that demonstrates their writing abilities.


Submit your complete MA CADR Application by mailing it to:

Salisbury University
Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, Maryland 21801

An Application Checklist will be provided with the Application Materials for your convenience.  Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that Admissions and the
Program have all the documents required to process your application.  Students will be issued a formal decision letter following the MA CADR Admissions Committee's review.