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Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation Requirements

Degree: Master of Arts
Semester Hours:
45

The Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation (MACT) is awarded upon successful completion of 45 semester hours (SH). This includes a 15 credit required core, a fall or spring skills assessment course, electives, and the practicum. Students work with a faculty an academic advisor to establish a course of study that will meet that student’s vocational goals. When pursued full-time, the program can be completed in two academic years; limited-residency students normally finish in three to five years. Normally all students are required to spend at least one spring semester (January-AprilMay) on campus (in the 2020-21 academic year, all courses will be available to students in an online format).

To graduate the student must meet all course and practicum requirements, earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the master of arts (a minimum GPA of 2.75 for the graduate certificate program), master the program assessment criteria for competency, and obtain formal approval of the faculty for graduation.

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  • PAX 534 Foundations for Justice & Peacebuilding 1 (6 SH) 
  • PAX 634 Foundations for Justice & Peacebuilding 2 (6 SH)
    • Please note that for the 2021-22 year academic year, PAX 635 plus a 3 credit hour course from an approved list will satisfy the PAX 634 Foundations 2 requirement. 
  • PAX 535 Research Methods for Social Change (3 SH)

Conflict Transformation Required Courses (3 SH)
Choose one of the following:

  • PAX 601 Mediation & Negotiation (fall)
  • PAX 676 Restorative Justice Practices (spring)
  • PAX 610 Facilitation: Process Design & Skills for Dialogue, Deliberation & Decision-making (spring)

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  • PAX 682 Practicum (in select cases a student can petition to complete PAX 683 Thesis in lieu of the practicum)

Master of Arts in Restorative Justice Requirements

Degree: Master of Arts
Semester Hours:
45

The Master of Arts in Restorative Justice (MARJ) is awarded upon successful completion of 45 SH. This includes a 15 credit required core, 9 credits of required restorative justice courses, cross-disciplinary elective courses, and the practicum. Students work with a faculty an academic advisor to establish a course of study that will meet that student’s vocational goals. When pursued full-time, the program can be completed in two years; limited-residency students normally finish in three to five years. Normally all students are required to spend at least one spring semester (January-AprilMay) on campus (in the 2020-21 academic year, all courses will be available to students in an online format).

To graduate, the student must meet all course and practicum requirements, earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the Master of Arts (a minimum GPA of 2.75 for the graduate certificate program), master the program assessment criteria for competency, and obtain formal approval of the faculty for graduation.

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  • PAX 682 Practicum (in select cases a student can petition to complete PAX 683 Thesis in lieu of the practicum)

Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership Requirements

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Degree: Master of Arts
Semester Hours:
36

The Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL) is awarded upon successful completion of 36 SH. This includes a 21

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SH required core, required skills courses, and electives. To enroll in this degree, the student will need to have been working in a professional setting (paid or volunteer) for at least five years.  Additionally, the student must have a location (work or community) where they are able to apply what they are learning.

To graduate the student must meet all course requirements, earn a minimum GPA of 3.00, and obtain formal approval of the faculty for graduation

Core Courses (21-22 SH)

  • PAX 533 Analysis (3 SH) AND PAX 532 Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (3 SH) - on-campus summer intensives
    OR 
    PAX 534 Foundations of Justice and Peacebuilding 1 (6 SH) -

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  •  residential fall class
  • PAX 535 Research Methods for Social Change (3 SH) -

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  •  hybrid
  • OLS 510 Leadership for the Common Good (3 SH) - online
  • MBA 560 Stewardship, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (3 SH) - online
  • PAX 568 Transformational Leadership for Creating Change (3 SH)

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  • OR MOL 620 Transformative Leadership in Dynamic Contexts (3SH) - online
  • Praxis courses 
    • PAX 507 Praxis: Personal & Community Formation (1 SH)
    • PAX 508 Praxis: Project (1-2 SH)
    • PAX 509 Praxis: Integrative Capstone (1 SH)

Skills Electives (at least 6 SH)
A variety of courses focusing on leadership skills are available. Topics include:

  • Group facilitation and designing facilitated processes
  • Mediation and negotiation
  • Program evaluation
  • Circle processes
  • Finance and accounting
  • Project management and grant writing
  • Ministering in times of trauma
  • Pastoral care

Focus-Area Electives (8-9 SH)
These will be selected from CJP course offerings through consultation with program mentors to help students meet their professional development goals.  Courses may include, but are not limited to:

  • PAX 571 Restorative Justice
  • PAX 677 Restorative Justice Whole Systems Change
  • PAX 615 Leading Organizational Change
  • OLS 530 Organizational Behavior
  • CM 631 Churches and Social Transformation
  • CM 654 Race and Religion in America
  • CM 724 Racial Healing and the Blue-Eyed Soul
  • Currently, other OLS and MOL courses, or courses from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, can be completed upon request and with departmental permission.