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


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

Banner Code: CA-CERG-CDRE

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
Select three courses from the following:9
Mediation in Diverse Settings
Coaching through Conflict
Collaborative Community Action Participatory Governance
Facilitation Skills
Negotiating in Complex Systems
Total Credits15