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 MA 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.
- The following two
- Comm 665: Introduction to Mediation
- Econ 753: Collective Bargaining
- 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
This certificate program is subject to federal gainful employment regulations. For more information please visit http://www4.uwm.edu/financialaid/EligConsInfo/gainfulemployment.cfm.