The Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution (15 credit hours) focuses on the practicalities of conflict resolution while integrating prevalent theories in peace and conflict studies. The Graduate Certificate program introduces students to the fundamentals of conflict resolution; mediation systems; dynamics of group conflict; skills for organizing and leading group deliberations and dialogues; and culturally appropriate dispute resolution processes. Students can earn the certificate only, or concurrently with a J.D., M.A., M.P.A., M.S., Ph.D., or professional degrees such as an M.Ed, M.B.A., or M.S.W. to name a few.
Students are required to complete fifteen (15) credits from the approved course list, which is divided into core and elective courses. Students must complete at least two courses from the list of core courses and three from the list of electives.
Each student will be assigned a temporary advisor upon acceptance into the program and may choose an alternate advisor during the first semester of coursework based on the student's interests and the advisor's area of expertise. Prior to completing the program, and under the supervision of their advisor, students will complete a capstone paper that integrates both academic and practical experiences in the certificate. Each student will also successfully complete a skills assessment before the certificate is awarded.
The Matsunaga Institute also highly encourages, but does not require, a practicum experience to deepen the students' understanding of conflict management and to develop their skills in a real world setting.
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Minimum of two CORE course requirements
(6 credit hours):
Three ELECTIVE requirements (9 credit hours):
See Graduate Certificate Requirements for suggested elective courses.
Skills Assessment: to be scheduled with advisor
Capstone Paper: submitted for final graduation requirement
For course descriptions, visit the course catalog.