Mediation and Negotiation

Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation

The Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation is offered jointly by the MHRLR program and the Department of Communication. The certificate provides practical and theoretical knowledge for individuals 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 needs of business, organized labor, public sector and community organizations for people with skills in conflict resolution. Courses are offered late afternoons and evenings.

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 must apply for the certificate by submitting an application to the Graduate School. Students must have earned a 2.75 GPA overall or must furnish substantial evidence of ability to succeed in graduate level work. Students admitted to the Certificate will be expected to present at least three credits of prior work in microeconomics and three credits in statistics.

Credits and Courses

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

COMMUN 665Introduction to Mediation3
ECON 753Collective Bargaining3
Select one of the following:3
Workplace Dispute Resolution
Managerial Decisions and Negotiations
Field Work or Research Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Communication Internship
Independent Study
Research Project in Industrial and Labor Relations
Internship in Industrial Relations
Independent Study
Reading and Research
Total Credits12

Recommended or Related Courses

Not required for the Certificate.

COMMUN 823Seminar in Small Group Communication3
ED POL 510Human Relations for Community Organizations & Community Engagement3

Course substitutions allowed with the consent of the Certificate Advisor, Sue Donohue Davies for those who had previously completed similar coursework.

For additional information on the certificate, contact the MHRLR program