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Graduate Certificate in Peacebuilding

Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit their official transcripts along with a one page statement of purpose. For international students whose first language is not English, a score of at least 550 (213 on the computer version) on the TOEFL is required. 

The certificate includes three concentrations: conflict resolution, conflict and development, and human rights, corresponding to summer institutes. Institute courses cover both theory (concepts, models) and practice (analytical and behavioral skills) necessary for professional practitioners. Students must complete at least one summer institute to fulfill the requirements of the certificate. 

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved course work with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above with grades of C or better.

Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit.

Course Requirements

Conflict Resolution 

Core Courses (6 hours)

  • SIS-516 Peacebuilding in Divided Societies (3)
  • or
  • SIS-619 Post-War Peacebuilding (3)
  • or
  • SIS-647 Governance, Democracy and Development (3)

and

  • SIS-609 Conflict Analysis and Resolution (3)
  • or
  • SIS-619 Addressing Protracted Ethnopolitical Conflict (2) and SIS-690 Applied Conflict Resolution (1)

Elective Courses (9 hours) from the following options

  • SIS-619 Religion and Culture in Conflict Resolution (2)
  • SIS-606 Culture Peace and Conflict Resolution (3)
  • SIS-611 International Negotiation (3)
  • SIS-516 Peacebuilding in Divided Societies (3)*
  • SIS-517 Gender, Human Rights, and Conflict (3)
  • SIS-619 Post-War Peacebuilding (3)*

*If not taken as the core course

Conflict and Development 

Core Courses (6 hours)

  • SIS-516 Peacebuilding in Divided Societies (3)
  • or
  • SIS-619 Post-War Peacebuilding (3)
  • or
  • SIS-647 Governance, Democracy and Development (3)
and
  • SIS-540 Conflict and Development (3)
  • or
  • SIS-619 Linking Conflict, Aid and Development (2) and SIS-690 Development in Conflict (1)

Elective courses: (9 hours) from the following options

  • SIS-516 Peacebuilding in Divided Societies (3)*
  • SIS-539 Comparative Development Strategies (3)
  • SIS-619 Youth Participation in Peacebuilding (2)
  • SIS-619 Program Design: Planning Projects to Evaluate Impact (2)
  • SIS-619 Post-War Peacebuilding (3)*
  • SIS-637 International Development (3)

*If not taken as the core course

Human Rights 

Core Courses (6 hours)

  • SIS-516 Peacebuilding in Divided Societies (3)
  • or
  • SIS-619 Post-War Peacebuilding (3)
  • or
  • SIS-647 Governance, Democracy and Development (3)
and
  • SIS-622 Human Rights (3)
  • or
  • SIS-603 Human Rights Advocacy Workshop (2) and SIS-603 Bringing Human Rights Home: Applying Int’l Human Rights Law (1)

Elective courses: (9 hours) from the following options

  • SIS-596 Human Rights in Latin America (3)
  • SIS-596 Human Rights and Conflict (3)
  • SIS-603 Managing Human Rights NGOs (1)
  • SIS-603 Disadvantaged Groups: Conflict Scenarios (2)
  • SIS-619 Introduction to Human Rights Methodology (1)
  • SIS-619 Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy (3)