Graduate Certificates

The Carter School’s graduate certificates focus on the practical knowledge and skills critical to practitioners working to transform conflict in their organizations, communities, and around the world.


Learn from Experts

Learn from practitioner-teachers with deep expertise in transforming conflict. 

Gain In-Demand Conflict Resolution Skills

Our certificates help you realize your goals, whether you are a recent graduate looking to add valuable skills or a mid-career professional seeking to make the next leap in your career.

Build Your Network

Tap into the Carter School's deep networks in the field of conflict resolution in the United States and across the world. Create new contacts at organizations where you can continue your career. 

Choose Between Three Programs:

The only program of its kind in the country. Learn to identify flashpoints and implement strategies to prevent mass violence.

New program starting Fall 2021. Cultivate socially just dispute resolution practices in complex organizations.

Build foundational skills in conflict resolution and lead the transformation of complex conflict systems.


15 credits, including a capstone project.
Average time to complete: 1 year.
Evening, weekend, and online class options.
Designed for working professionals.


Each of our students completes a capstone project during the summer.

Past examples include:

  • Experiential Learning Orientation for New Managers: Resolving Conflict
  • Developing a shared humanitarian and security conflict assessment framework
  • World Religions 101 for Current Conflicts: Adult religious education for local congregations
  • Help, I’ve Been Blogged: A Public Conversation Aimed at Changing Dominant Narratives in Internet Bullying
  • Peace Walk: Trauma Recovery for Veterans
  • Revitalization of High School Diversity Initiatives and Increasing Student Voice

Admissions Requirements

No GRE required

Students applying for admissions to the Carter School certificate program must complete the GMU online application for graduate study, which requires 1 letter of recommendation, a statement of goals, and transcripts of undergraduate and graduate courses.

See Admissions and Aid for more information.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: May 15 (Deadline extended to August 1, 2021)

Spring Semester: January 4

Applications received after these dates will be accepted on a space-available basis.



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