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The online certificate program delivers a experience that expands on the quality of the Maxwell School’s renowned on-campus programs. Students meet in real time to share diverse insights and collaborate on solutions to conflicts they face in their own
work lives and communities.
Webcam-enabled classes bring students face-to-face with their classmates and faculty, allowing you to practice the skills we teach with faculty and peers. Coursework, typically offered in the evening, is authored and led by Maxwell faculty.
Assignments include interactive videos, real-world case studies, readings, and collaborative projects.
Assignments reinforce classroom discussion and are available 24/7 online and via the mobile app.
Our team is available to help you acclimate to the online platform or resolve technical difficulties.
You also have the option to participate in our residential intensive Summer Institute, which adds flexibility to your program timeline by pairing online offerings with traditional campus
learning. Immerse yourself for intensive one-week, 3-credit courses in skills-based conflict training. Summer Institute course offerings may vary from year-to-year. Course schedules for the upcoming summer session are provided during the spring semester.
Enroll in this Maxwell certificate and tailor your program with elective courses offered across the University's 13 schools and colleges. From public health to environmental science to education to regional studies, the skills you learn in our Conflict
and Collaboration program can be applied to all areas.
If you are already enrolled in a graduate degree program at Syracuse University, you may complete this certificate concurrently with your degree. Speak with your academic advisor about your goals and your course schedule.
>> Download a list of courses that can be applied to your Conflict and Collaboration certificate.
PAI 601: Fundamentals of Conflict Studies
This course is unique to Maxwell as it builds off our interdisciplinary approach to conflict that leverages broad perspectives about social conflicts and collaborative governance to solve problems. This course provides an introduction to a broad range
of areas related to the analysis and resolution of conflict, focusing on the interdisciplinary study of defining, understanding, and addressing conflict.
Instructor: Catherine Gerard, Director of PARCC
PAI 732: Collaborative and Participatory Governance: Developing Collaborative Competencies for Managers
This course provides a foundation in collaborative and participatory governance to equip students to produce and consume related processes, tools, and approaches.
Instructor: Julia Carboni, associate professor of public administration and international affairs
ANT 624: Negotiation: Theory and Practices
This course teaches position-based versus interest-based negotiation skills for resolving differences and achieving mutually satisfying outcomes. Advanced techniques of communication, such as chunking, reframing, anchoring, metaphor and rapport to
obtain negotiation outcomes of excellence.
Instructor: Robert Rubinstein, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
SOS 621: Mediation: Theory and Practice
This course teaches mediation skills for facilitating resolution of disputes and how to intervene and assist individuals and groups to find solutions. Learning approaches include lectures, simulations modeling and practice mediations.
Instructor: Neil Katz, associate professor emeritus of public affairs
Once accepted into the program, you will work with your advisor to choose 3 courses that meet your goals.
>> Download a list of courses that can be applied to your Conflict and Collaboration certificate. (pdf)
The program can be completed part-time in as few as 9 months. To help you better visualize how you may move through the CAS program, below are several sample course schedules.
Please note that these are only examples of possible course sequences. Your academic advisor will provide support and recommendations as you select courses. However, there is no mandatory sequence you are required to follow.
Students have the option to pursue courses for graduate credit, or, for those solely looking for professional development, as non-credit training.
Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $1,683 per credit, totaling $20,196 for the 12-credit program.
Scholarships are available for students who
matriculate into this CAS program as a stand-alone student (not concurrent with
another program of study). For consideration of financial support, please
complete your application for admission by the deadline (December 1 for Spring;
April 1 for Summer; August 1 for Fall). For more information, please
contact PARCC directly.
While financial aid in the form of federal education loans are not available for this stand-alone CAS, applicants should inquire within their employers/agencies about funding for professional development.
Syracuse University’s commitment to support veterans and military students goes back over 100 years, and the University is recognized as the best place for veterans to study, ranking as the #1 private school by the Military Times’ “Best for Vets” 2019
rankings. At SU, student veterans are assisted with their veteran educational benefits by the Office of Veteran Success, including unlimited participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, allowing Post-9/11 GI Bill students to receive additional funding
to cover required tuition and fees.
The CAS program is an approved program of study at Syracuse University, allowing student veterans to access VA benefits toward their study in this field. More information on how to access VA benefits for tuition and fees, as well as assistance with payment
deferrals, can be found on the Office of Veterans Affairs website.
To apply to the stand-alone online, hybrid, or on-campus certificate program, submit the following application materials:
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis with classes beginning in August, January, and May. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to join the next cohort.
Submit your application by December 1 for Spring; April 1 for Summer;
August 1 for Fall.
To apply to complete this certificate program on-campus in concert with your graduate degree, submit the following application materials:
Please note, if you are enrolled in two or more programs of study (degree or certificate), course credit may be counted toward a maximum of two distinct programs. In cases where you are enrolled in more than two certificate programs, the minimum number
of credits earned must be at least 80% of the credits required for each certificate.
We will help you ensure you take the courses required while maximizing how credits are applied toward your programs of study.
Midcareer students and those with a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply.
All students enrolled in a Syracuse University graduate degree program are eligible to apply.
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
Initially known for its breakthrough work in conflict transformation, intractable conflicts, and identity conflicts in the international arena, PARCC has expanded its research and training priorities to support community development, conflict negotiation and evaluation, and the design and study of peace-building projects.
PARCC is also known for innovative education projects, including E-PARCC--a web-based collection of cases, simulations, and syllabi for teaching collaborative governance; and the Summer Institute, which trains individuals in the skills of conflict resolution and collaboration.
Roxanne TupperAdministrative Assistant, PARCC
This certificate can be completed concurrently with all Maxwell degree programs. All current Syracuse University graduate students are eligible to apply.
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