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Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation Requirements

Semester Hours: 15

This 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, two summers, or through a combination of summer, online and weekend courses. Students work with an academic advisor to develop a program that meets their needs.

Required coursework (6 SH)

  • PAX 534 Foundations 1 (6 SH)


  • PAX 533 Analysis: Understanding Conflict (3 SH) AND PAX 532 Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (3 SH)

Electives (9 SH)

Chosen in consultation with the student's advisor to meet their program goals and objectives. 

Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice Requirements

Semester Hours: 18

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.

Unique features of this certificate program:

  • Earned through graduate courses also taken with 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
  • Issued by EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, a recognized leader in the field

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 SH, which consists of 6 SH in conflict analysis and formation for peacebuilding 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 (SPI), through the combination of one semester on campus and one summer term, or part-time studies over a longer period of time.

Required coursework (12 SH)

  • PAX 534 Foundations for Justice & Peacebuilding 1 (6 SH) 


  • PAX 533 Analysis (3 SH) AND PAX 532 Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (3 SH) 
  • PAX 571 Restorative Justice: Principles, Theories & Applications (3 SH)
  • Practice course PAX 676 Restorative Justice Practices OR SPI restorative justice skills course (3 SH)

Electives (6 SH)
Any CJP course can be beneficial depending on the student’s area of interest. Advisor approval is necessary. Below are some suggested options: 

  • PAX 588 Nonviolent Mobilization for Social Change (3 SH) - spring
  • PAX 601 Mediation and Negotiation (3 SH) - fall
  • PAX 610 Facilitation (3 SH) - spring
  • PAX 672 Circle Processes (1 SH - fall/spring; 2-3 SH in SPI)
  • PAX 540 STAR 1 (2-3 SH) - fall, spring or SPI
  • Organizational leadership courses
  • MA in Education RJ courses (especially for those wanting to work within educational settings)
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