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This professional certificate will prepare you to assist as a third party in negotiations between individuals or groups with conflicting perspectives, attitudes and/or actions. Curriculum and practice will prepare you to serve as a mediator who can help parties come to mutually acceptable agreements.


  • Hands-on experience in mediation and facilitation
  • Court-connected mediation opportunities
  • Faculty experienced in family, criminal and civil mediation

Career opportunities

This certificate will enable students to develop skills in mediation in preparation for professional or voluntary work in mediation. Individuals in leadership may also wish to use the certificate program to enhance their mediation skills in their continuing roles.

Program director

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Larry Dunn, Ph.D.

Program Director, Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • One current professional reference form
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Letter of explanation if GPA is below 2.75
  • Writing sample indicating graduate-level proficiency

Course listing

Required Courses (15 Units)


*May be waived if student has had previous experience in mediation.

PACS 700Peacemaking Institute and Mediation2 - 3
PACS 710Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution1
PACS 756Introductory Practicum in Mediation *1
PACS 758Advanced Mediation3
PACS 760Mediation and the Law3
PACS 764Internship in Peacemaking2 - 6


Select a minimum of one from the following to complete the program

PACS 737Institute in Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Development2
PACS 739Institute in Establishing a Mediation Practice1
PACS 746Restorative Justice3
PACS 750International Conflict and Peacemaking3
PACS 751Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures3
PACS 752Church Conflict Management and Leadership3
PACS 762Family Mediation3
PACS 766Mediator Certification Course1