Conflict Resolution, Graduate Certificate
The Graduate Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution focuses on pragmatic approaches to the resolution of conflict and offers a choice of curriculum between four 12-credit concentrations or two 18-credit dual-specializations. All focus on conflict resolution skills for professionals in a wide variety of settings where managing conflict is an essential part of their work or for those who are interested in pursuing conflict intervention as a major professional focus.
Students study the theory, methods, and ethical perspectives of conflict resolution and may participate in a field internship in the district court system.
The mediation certificate options involve more than 40 hours of classroom training and more than 30 hours of District Court mediation, mentoring, and evaluation, meeting all the requirements of the Guidelines for Implementation of Qualification Standards for Neutrals, adopted January 24, 2004, pursuant to Rule 8 of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution. Students who successfully complete one of the mediation certificate options will receive a Certificate of Completion showing completion of the training and mentoring components of mediator qualifications according to those guidelines and M.G.L. Chapter 233 section 23 (Confidentiality Statute).
The Certificate programs (with the exception of the dual-specialization options) can be completed in one year (two semesters) of part-time study. Dual-specialization options can be completed in one year of full-time study or three semesters of part-time study.