Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

The Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution is intended  for professionals who are already engaged in dispute resolution practice who desire additional skills and training. This includes such fields as human resources, equal employment opportunity, mediators, and other dispute resolution professionals. This program presents dispute resolution within the frame of social justice practice and emphasizes working with complex and diverse systems

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Admissions

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions.  Applicants to this certificate must submit an undergraduate transcript showing completion of an undergraduate degree or equivalent, a cover letter specifying interest in the program, two letters of recommendation, and a curriculum vitae or résumé indicating relevant work experience.

In addition, prior work experience in areas related to the chosen graduate certificate is desirable. GRE or other standardized test scores are not required but may be submitted. The TOEFL is required of international students. For more information, see Admission of International Students

Policies

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: CA-CERG-CDRE

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Required Coursework
CONF 500Frameworks for Ethical Dispute Resolution Practice3
CONF 640Practicum in Contemporary Dispute Resolution3
Choose three courses from the following:9
Mediation in Diverse Settings
Coaching through Conflict
Facilitation Skills
Negotiating in Complex Systems
Total Credits15