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Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies

Contact: Jason Carter, 978-934-6785,

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.



  • Strategies of Conflict Transformation (PCST.5010 - 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

Organizational Leadership

Policy Analysis

  • PCST.5020 Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • PCST.5080 Theories of Political and Criminal Violence
  • PCST.5250 Gender, Work and Peace
  • PCST.5270 Sustainable Housing Development & Land Use: Conflict Policy/Practice
  • PCST.5450 Politics of Repression and Dissent
  • PCST.5500 Analyzing Peace, Violence & War
  • PCST.5580 Peace and Conflict Studies Field Experience
  • 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
  • POLI.5150 Politics and Economics of Public Policy