Post Master’s Certificate



This certificate program is designed for graduates of the Negotiation, conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding Master of Arts Degree program interested in developing specialized skills useful in their field of choice for specialization through advanced comprehensive understanding of the topic, or in further graduate work. The coursework will be service learning oriented. Each individual student’s program will be designed and the specific courses (other than the added NCR 529 course from the NCRP MA program) will be selected by each student in consultation with the program director. There will be no options or specific electives. And, the total number of units required for the certificate (18) will be acquired through two consecutive semesters of NCR 529 (six units) plus four additional courses of three units each (12). (Although NCR 529 is an existing course for the NCRP MA program, an advanced version is included in the certificate requirements.)


Individuals with a master’s degree (or equivalent) in conflict resolution (or a closely related field) from any accredited college or university may apply for admission to the postmaster’s certificate program. All applicants must submit the standard admission application by May 1 for admission in the subsequent August. Currently the program requires the Graduate Record Examination, a 500 word biographical essay, and three letters of recommendation. The biographical statement and letters of recommendation must be dated and signed originals, and address:

(1) What in the applicant’s background indicates this subject matter is appropriate for this applicant;

(2) why applicant desires this certificate program; and

(3) what does applicant plan to do with this certificate once obtained.

The biographical essay and letters of recommendation should be forwarded to the program director. Applicants will be selected to fill the vacancies in the certificate program on the basis of the applicant’s concept for this post-master’s work and an evaluation of the biographical statement and letters of recommendation, and may be required to participate in an oral interview.


Once admitted, students must complete their program with a grade point average of at least 3.2 All courses used to fulfill the requirements for the certificate must be passed with a grade of “B” or better. Students must be in continuous attendance as defined elsewhere in the University Catalog. With the specific exception of the joint JD/MA cooperation with Southwestern Law School, no course completed as part of another degree, and no course completed more than five years before the date of graduation, may be included toward the certificate. Each year the entering class for the certificate program will be placed in a cohort for on campus education and a cohort of distance learning delivery. The program of each cohort will be designed for the orderly progression through the designated courses for the certificate.

The program for applicants admitted concerning the Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution will be designated as dictated by the number of students entering this cohort annually. Certificate students must complete the six units of advanced internship during their last two consecutive semesters in the program.
PostMaster’s Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (18 units)
The certificate program is designed for graduates of the NCRP MA degree program (or a closely related field) interested in developing specialized skills useful in their area of choice for specialization through advanced comprehensive understanding of the topic or in further graduate work. Required Course (6 units) NCR 529. Internship: Conflict Resolution (3, 3) Specific program design created with an additional 12 units from among the following courses:

  • NCR 525 - Mediation (3)
  • NCR 527 - Arbitration (3)
  • NCR 530 - Online Dispute Resolution (3)
  • NCR 531 - Marital and Family Mediation (3)
  • NCR 532 - Dispute Resolution Clinical Studies (3)
  • NCR 533 - Labor Conflict (3)
  • NCR 535 - Organizational Conflict (3)
  • NCR 536 - Dispute Resolution for Sports (3)
  • NCR 537 - International Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (3)
  • NCR 538 - Seminar: Public Policy Conflict (3)
  • NCR 540 - Seminar: Community Conflict (3)
  • NCR 541 - Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding (3)
  • NCR 542 -Collaborative Law (3)
  • NCR 543 - Reducing School Violence Through Conflict Resolution (3)
  • NCR 544 - Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes (3)
  • NCR 545 - Intercultural Conflict Resolution (3)
  • NCR 546 - Conflict and the Media (3)
  • NCR 595 - Seminar in Special Topics (3)
  • MFT 580 - CrossCultural Family Values and Behavior (3)
  • MFT 584 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling (3)


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