Academic Catalog

Dispute Resolution (Graduate Certificate)

An admissions moratorium is currently in effect for this program.

The Graduate Certificate program in Dispute Resolution is designed to provide professional study in the interdisciplinary field of dispute resolution for individuals holding or pursuing advanced degrees in other disciplines. The certificate is administered by the Academic Director.

Applicants must meet the admission standards of the Graduate School. In addition, at least a 3.0 grade point average in the upper division of undergraduate coursework is required. Applicants must submit a personal statement of one-two pages outlining their interest in the program and two letters of recommendation.


Students in the certificate program must complete a minimum of fifteen credits as outlined below and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. The certificate allows maximum six credits to count toward both the certificate and a relevant M.A. offered by this Department only when there is concurrent enrollment in the certificate and the M.A. programs. Transfer of credit from other institutions may NOT be applied toward the credits required for the certificate. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts.The following courses are required:

Required core courses
PCS 6100Introduction to Graduate Peace and Security Studies3
DR 7210Workplace Negotiations3
DR 7220Concepts and Processes of Dispute Resolution II: Neutral Intervention Theory and Practice3
DR 7890Final Seminar in Dispute Resolution3
Select one of the following:3
Human Diversity and Human Conflict
Communication, Culture, and Conflict
Roots of Social Conflict
Total Credits15
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