Restorative Justice

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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.


  • 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

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.

Program director

Peter Smith, Ph.D.
Peter Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • Three references
  • 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)


PACS 700Basic Institute in Conflict Management And Mediation3
PACS 737Institute in Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Development2
PACS 746Restorative Justice3
PACS 751Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures3
PACS 764Internship in Peacemaking6

Select one of the following

PACS 716Group Dynamics and Processes3
PACS 740Victims, Trauma and Recovery3