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Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation

This 15-credit graduate certificate is designed for professionals who wish to develop secondary skills to further their work and organizational mission. The certificate can be completed in two semesters or two summers, or through a combination of summer, online and weekend courses. Students work with a faculty advisor to develop a program that meets their needs.


Required coursework: PAX 534 Foundations I (6 SH) OR PAX 533 Analysis: Understanding Conflict (3 SH) AND PAX 532 Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (3 SH).

The remaining 9 credits are electives, chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor to meet their program goals and objectives. 

Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice

Restorative justice (RJ) practitioners work with those affected by crime, violence and abuse to identify or create outcomes that heal relationships while holding those responsible accountable for the harms that were done.

 Are you a criminal justice professional, an educator, religious leader, or a community organizer feeling burnt out and unclear about how to really help individuals and groups that have been involved in harmful encounters? This certificate may be all you need to revitalize your vision and work.

 Are you a restorative justice practitioner or an international transitional justice consultant? This certificate will help you reflect on your work and increase your knowledge and skills.

This Graduate Certificate is 18 semester hours (SH), which consists of 6 SH in conflict analysis and practice, 6 SH of restorative justice studies, and 6 SH of electives. The certificate can be completed in a variety of ways: through courses taken during the annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute or through the combination of one semester on campus and one summer term or part-time studies over a longer period of time.


Curriculum for 18 SH Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice:

  • PAX 534 Foundations for Justice & Peacebuilding I – 6 SH OR PAX 533 Analysis (3 SH) AND PAX 532 Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (3 SH) in SPI 
  • PAX 571 Restorative Justice: Principles, Theories & Applications – 3 SH
  • Practice course (PAX 676 Restorative Justice Practices or SPI restorative justice course) – 3 SH

Electives with advisor approval. Any CJP course can be beneficial depending on the student’s area of interest. Below are some suggested options – 6 SH

  • Online restorative justice courses (when offered)
  • Justice in Transition/Building Justice (in SPI)
  • Circle Processes (Fall/Spring for 1 credit; SPI for 2-3 SH)
  • Organizational development courses (in SPI)
  • Community Organizing (in SPI)
  • STAR (Fall, Spring or SPI)
  • Philosophy & Praxis of Forgiveness & Reconciliation (in SPI)
  • Nonviolent Mobilization for Social Change (Spring)
  • Mediation & Negotiation (Fall)
  • Facilitation (Spring)
  • MA in Education RJ courses (especially for those wanting to work within educational settings)

What makes this program unique? Unique features of the certificate program:

  • Degree is earned through graduate courses also taken by master’s degree students at CJP.
  • Allows working professionals to continue working while completing their studies
  • May complement an existing graduate degree, or build on an undergraduate degree.
  • Graduate Certificate is issued by Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, a recognized leader in the field.
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