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Restorative Justice

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

When leaders pursue reconciliation,
the possibilities are endless.

This certificate includes courses that will teach you the foundational concepts and skills of victim-offender reconciliation program (VORP) development, conflict management and restorative justice.

This certificate is useful for those working in roles closely tied with the justice system and community-based organizations assisting in offender transitions, victim services or other restorative justice fields.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on experience in mediation and facilitation
  • Opportunities for hands-on experience with local victim-offender
  • Faculty are founding members of victim/offender mediation program in Fresno and leaders of the movement

Catalog

Overview

The purpose of this program is to prepare people to become practitioners, trainers and leaders in developing victim-offender reconciliation and other restorative justice programs.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

Required Courses (15 Units)

Core

  • PACS 737 - Institute in Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Development Credits 2
  • PACS 746 - Restorative Justice Credits 3
  • PACS 751 - Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures Credits 3
  • PACS 764 - Internship in Peacemaking Credits 2 - 6

Electives

Select one of the following:

  • PACS 716 - Group Dynamics and Processes Credits 3
  • PACS 740 - Victims, Trauma and Recovery Credits 3

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

The decision to embark on graduate studies is a big one. Our 40+ graduate programs will equip you to succeed in your career and in your life. You’ll become part of a small community of learners, thrive in a flexible learning environment  and be challenged by a rigorous curriculum. Learn how much further you can go at FPU!  

For more information, contact the campus nearest you, attend an information meeting or ask about a program.

First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit 2-3 reference forms (Varies based on program of interest)
    These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Include statement of intent.
    You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Send transcripts electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu or mail sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s Office at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.
  • Complete program requirements.
    These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 | sfs@fresno.edu.

Program Requirements

  • Orientation interview with program director
  • One current professional reference form
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
    • Letter of explanation if GPA is below 2.75
  • Writing sample indicating graduate-level proficiency

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $705
Teacher Education $705
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $720
KIN $570
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $690
Teacher Education $690
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $710
KIN $560

* Fall 2020 & later cohorts

Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Career Opportunities

The purpose of this program is to prepare people to become trainers and leaders in developing victim-offender reconciliation and other restorative justice programs.

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center