Peace & Conflict Studies

Graduate Certificate

Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies 

Dr. Paula Rayman 

It is vitally important that we understand the causes of conflict, learn constructive ways to resolve them, and build peaceful relationships. Social injustice is a key source of conflict, and the dynamics of inequality and diversity are at the core of this program.

The certificate will be particularly valuable for:

  • Those who have encountered conflict in their personal and/or professional lives.
  • People working in very diverse fields, such as human services, law enforcement, health care, business, education and community organizing, who need skills in understanding and handling conflicts.
  • Undergraduates interested in graduate studies.

This certificate program requires the completion of 12 credits comprised of one required course and three approved electives. 

About Graduate Certificates 
Graduate Certificate Application Form 


  • Strategies of Conflict Transformation (PCST.501 - 3 credits) - required core course 
  • Three Elective Courses (total of 9 credits)

Elective Courses

Some courses have relevance to multiple options and are therefore included in more than one option. Other courses may be added with the permission of the Graduate Coordinator. 

Conflict Resolution 

PSYC.5000 Introduction to Community Social Psychology
PSYC.5030 Applied Social Psychology
PSYC.5220 Psychology of Diversity
PSYC.5420 Working with Groups
57.511 Dynamics of Power and Authority
57.512 Community Conflict Resolution
57.532 Advanced Community Dynamics or PSYC.625 Advanced Community Dynamics: Lowell
57.605 Social Movements and Empowerment
EDUC.6520 Managing Change and Conflict

Organizational Leadership

CRIM.5130 Crisis and Emergency Management
PSYC.5000 Introduction to Community Social Psychology
PSYC.5260 Workplace Diversity
PSYC.5450 Community and Organizational Change
57.511 Dynamics of Power and Authority
57.532 Advance Community Dynamics
57.598 Organizational Dynamics and Regional Development
PSYC.5460 Grant Writing or 57.546 Grant Writing

Policy Analysis 

CRIM.5260 Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes
CRIM.5490 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
CRIM.5680 Contemporary Security Studies
PSYC.5000 Introduction to Community Social Psychology
PSYC.5270 Immigrant Psychology and Communities
PSYC.5470 Community Mapping or 57.514 Community Mapping
57.513 Foundations of Comparative Regional Development
57.515 Politics and Economics of Public Policy
57.540 China and India in the Global Economy
57.550 Analyzing Peace, Violence & War 
57.553 Nationalism, Revolution and Religion in Modern Middle East Politics 
57.554 Latin American Politics

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