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Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation

The Department of Communication, in cooperation with the Master's in Human Resources and Labor Relations (MHRLR) and the Lubar School of Business, offers the Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation. The program of study is designed to provide practical and theoretical knowledge for students who wish to pursue or advance careers that involve managing or resolving disputes in organizational, educational, community, or family contexts. The program is designed to meet the increasing need of business, organized labor, public sector, and community organizations for people with skills in conflict resolution.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, the program offers a basic knowledge of mediation and negotiation between individuals and across organizations, allows some specialization in further course work, and is integrated with a final course involving either field-work or a research paper written under the direction of an expert in the area.

Students can complete the Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation while enrolled either part-time or full-time, and by taking courses during evenings and/or weekends. With the approval of the program, students admitted to either the M.A. in Communication or the MHRLR degree program may apply courses taken to meet certificate requirements toward their degree.


Students applying for the Certificate Program in Mediation and Negotiation must hold a bachelor's degree and must have earned a 2.75 GPA overall or must furnish substantial evidence of ability to succeed in graduate-level work. Students may apply to the Graduate School as candidates for the certificate program in non-degree status, or they may pursue the certificate while enrolled in another graduate program.

Credits and Courses

The certificate requires 12 credits, including 9 credits of course work and 3 credits of field work or research.

Required Courses
The following two
Comm 665: Introduction to Mediation
Econ 753: Collective Bargaining
Elective Course
select one of the following
Comm 865: Theory and Practice of Mediation
IR 715: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Bus Admin 737: Managerial Decisions and Negotiations
Field Work or Research Requirement
select one of the following
Comm 998: Internship in Communication
Comm 999: Independent Study
IR 801: Research Seminar in Industrial and Labor Relations
IR 921: Internship in Industrial Relations
IR 999: Independent Study
Bus 799: Reading and Research
Recommended or Related Courses
Not required for the Certificate
Comm 710: Managerial Communication
Comm 823: Seminar in Small Group Communication
Ed Pol 510: Foundations of Human Relations
IR 711: Labor Relations Law
IR 714: Industrial Relations in the Public Sector
Soc 766: Theory and Method in Social Psychology

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