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Graduate and Professional Certificates

Our Graduate Certificate programs, designed for mid-career professionals, integrate conflict analysis and resolution theory with practical techniques focused on specialized areas of study.

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A graduate certificate gives you the enhanced knowledge and abilities to advance in your career while enabling your work to have a wider impact.

Student Career Opportunities

The Carter School's location in Northern Virginia, just four metro stops from downtown Washington, allows students to take advantage of opportunities at federal, state and local government offices, non-governmental organizations, advocacy networks, international organizations and the private business sector. Alumni living in the region and other parts of the world provide students with additional opportunities for networking and collaboration. Some local organizations include:

  • Aga Khan Foundation
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Community Building Institute
  • District of Columbia Mayor's Office on Community Relations
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Human Trafficking Institute
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism
  • Saferworld
  • Save the Children
  • Search for Common Ground
  • United Nations
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Institute of Peace

Graduate Certificates

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Graduate Certificate

This 15-credit certificate is specifically tailored to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to their focused areas of work. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, the certificate programs integrate conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical technique. Concentrations are available in Advanced Skills, Prevention and Reconstruction Contexts, World Religions and Peacebuilding, and Collaborative Community Action.

Contact: Thomas Flores, Director of Graduate Programs 

Contemporary Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate - Coming Soon*

The Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution is intended  for professionals who are already engaged in dispute resolution practice who desire additional skills and training. This includes such fields as human resources, equal employment opportunity, mediators, and other dispute resolution professionals. This program presents dispute resolution within the frame of social justice practice and emphasizes working with complex and diverse systems.

Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention Graduate Certificate

This 15-credit program is tailored to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to Mass Atrocity Prevention, including genocide and mass violence prevention. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, or graduate students seeking specialized, practical knowledge, the certificate program integrates conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical techniques of preventing mass atrocities.

Contact: Thomas Flores, Director of Graduate Programs 


Application Deadline for Certificate Programs

Fall: August 15
Spring: January 5

Application Instructions

You will submit all items required for the application through your application portal. Admission requirements, which apply to all Graduate Certificates, include:

  • Online Graduate Application.
  • A non-refundable application fee.
  • The application will require you to submit unofficial transcripts. In addition, two official copies of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended are also required.
  • Résumé/CV.
  • A brief goals statement, stating the certificate track you are applying to and why.
  • Two letters of recommendation; which can be from faculty, colleagues or supervisors who can attest to your ability to perform well in this professional certificate program.

*Applicants with international credentials will need to submit additional items


Send transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
George Mason University
4400 University Drive MSN 4C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

When you submit your application, you'll get an email explaining how to view your status online. You'll see the specific items that we have received and a note on any item that needs to resubmitted. It's your responsibility to ensure that all documents are submitted online and that transcripts are delivered by the application deadline. Incomplete applications won't be reviewed.

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Incoming Students

Each student is expected to review the Newly Admitted Student page from the Office of Graduate Admissions in regards to submittng final transcripts and submitting immunization records.

These are the steps you will need to take to prepare yourself for the various graduate programs at Mason and S-CAR.

Send official transcripts:

Official transcripts are required from all schools you have attended. Please ensure these are sent prior to the first day of classes to avoid any registration holds.

Schedule your Advising Appointment:

Certificate students should email to set up your appointment.

Set up your Patriot Pass account:

To activate your new student PatriotPass account, you will need your G number, indicated on your admission email/letter, and CLAIM ID number, which is your birth month, day and year in 2-digit format (i.e., June 30, 1976, would be entered as 063076).

Register for classes:

  • Using your Patriot Pass login information, you will view the schedule of classes, then register.
  • You should register and pay for your tuition and fees before the first day of class of each term.
  • Review course descriptions and available course syllabi.

* Note: The Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  Applications will be opened for this program once SCHEV approval has been granted.