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Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

Explore conflict dynamics and understand how to support conflict resolution.

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Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies Certificate Overview

Our advanced practice certificate in conflict resolution and peace studies provides working professionals with conflict resolution skills and knowledge on conflict management and its dynamics to support effective conflict resolution.

This graduate certificate program is one of many dedicated to providing law enforcement, security professionals, other first responders, and mental and allied health professionals with practical forensic education and conflict resolution training.


Program Highlights

Pathway to a Master’s

The credits from this certificate coursework can be applied toward earning your master of science degree in forensic behavioral science or forensic leadership administration.

Entirely Online

This certificate is offered fully online. All conflict resolution certificate online classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing flexibility with your schedule.

Evidence-Based Expertise

Work and study with the field’s top professionals, helping to build your expertise in evidence-based skills that support enhanced strategic decision-making.



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Curriculum Plan

Course One: Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

This course incorporates theory and contemporary, evidence-based models with best practices to analyze conflict and achieve positive outcomes in a variety of contexts. Explores barriers to effective conflict resolution and peacebuilding and methods for overcoming those barriers, as well as differences among approaches. Includes an emphasis on analyzing ethical responsibilities and dilemmas in third-party intervention, and employs case studies to examine and formulate ethical approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Course Two: Communication and Human Factors in Crisis and Conflict

This course addresses communication and human factors as they relate to crisis management, effective mediation, and conflict resolution. The course incorporates challenges to effective communication caused by interpersonal, intrapersonal, intergroup, or intragroup conflict, and the role of communication in resolving such conflicts. The focus is on the human, psychological, social, cultural, and emotional aspects of conflict and effective communication strategies, including the roles of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, culture, and generation. It also addresses concepts such as group processes, identity, needs, cooperation/competition, and barriers to effective communication in conflict or crisis contexts.

Course Three: Fundamentals of Mediation

This course examines mediation theory and practice and provides an in-depth exploration of selected aspects of the mediation process as it relates to the larger conflict resolution context. The course addresses topics such as resistant parties, overcoming an  impasse, mediating with individuals and groups, using a decision-tree analysis, and employing counterintuitive and mindful mediation strategies. Ethical issues and public policy concerns, such as the limits of confidentiality and expectations of procedural fairness, are also explored.


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These courses and certificates qualify for ASIS Continuing Education Units.


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Frequently Asked Questions


Is this course taught online or on-campus?

The certificate program is offered online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing you flexibility with your schedule.


Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Yes, there are private and public scholarships to help you meet the cost of your education and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.


Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.

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CSFS is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence. CSFS is a corporate partner of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and many of our advanced practice certificates are eligible for continuing education credit.


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