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This program draws on the resources of both the peacemaking and conflict studies and leadership and organizational studies graduate programs to help you understand the nature of organizations and the dynamics of conflict, in order to develop skills in constructive conflict management.


  • Faculty with years of experience in facilitating organizational conflict resolution

Career opportunities

Courses for this program expand skills in peacemaking and leadership, making the certificate useful in any workplace. Skills in these areas could prove to be valuable in job placement and career advancement, especially into leadership positions.

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 (15-16 Units)

*May be waived if student has experience in mediation.

PACS 700Peacemaking Institute and Mediation2 - 3
PACS 708Conflict Analysis3
PACS 710Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution1
PACS 716Group Dynamics and Processes3
PACS 756Introductory Practicum in Mediation *1
PACS 758Advanced Mediation3
PACS 760Mediation and the Law3