CAS in Conflict Resolution
As the world becomes increasingly dynamic, the ability to build relationships, negotiate solutions collaboratively, and use multiple approaches for conflict resolution is essential. The 12-credit, graduate-level Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Conflict Resolution is an educational program that allows students to engage in more in-depth study of conflict theory, concepts, and skills. To earn the certificate, students complete a required 3-credit course in the Fundamentals of Conflict Studies and 9 additional credits of graduate coursework selected from the list of accepted courses or with the guidance of a faculty advisor. Students may complete a general program of study, or they may concentrate their classes in one of five specialized areas of study: (1) Applied Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management; (2) Advocacy and Social Movements; (3) Collaborative Governance; (4) Environmental Public Participation and Conflict; or (5) Transnational Conflicts.
Students already in a graduate program can earn the certificate concurrently with their master's or doctoral degree. Mid-career managers may complete the certificate as an independent graduate program. To see further information on the graduate programs offered by
Syracuse University, please visit the
Syracuse University Graduate School. As a Conflict Resolution certificate student, we expect that you will participate in PARCC events and training.
More information about opportunities available through PARCC.
For Graduate Students who will complete the certificate in conjunction with their primary graduate degree:
- Complete the Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application (pdf) form. Have your home college/department official sign form, and submit the form to the PARCC office in 400 Eggers Hall.
- Important: SUNY-ESF students must obtain the signature of Scott Shannon in the Instruction & Graduate Studies Office, 227 Bray Hall. Also an official transcript from ESF must be sent to PARCC at 400 Eggers Hall.
- Complete the Student Proposed Courses form (pdf) drawing upon the list of accepted courses below. Submit this form to the PARCC office. This form will be held and your course of study tracked until requirements for the certificate have been completed. You may schedule an appointment to meet with CAS Director
Catherine Gerard, or Coordinator
Deborah Toole for help with planning your coursework.
- Submit both forms above to the PARCC Office, 400 Eggers Hall. You will receive an email from the Graduate Enrollment Center when the paperwork has been processed and you have been matriculated into the Conflict Resolution certificate program. Please contact the PARCC office if you do not receive notification within 2-3 weeks of submitting your application.
NOTE: If a student is enrolled in more than two programs of study (degree or CAS), course credit may be double counted to fulfill degree requirements; but in no instance shall course credit be counted more than twice in satisfaction of the requirements for multiple degrees and/or programs. In cases in which two or more CASs are to be earned by one student, the minimum number of credits earned by the student must be at least 80 percent of the combined total of SU credits required for each certificate. However, two 12-credit CASs may not be awarded for less than 21 credits.
For Mid-Career Professionals applying for the Stand-Alone Certificate Program:
- Fill out an SU Graduate School Application online at: https://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/howtoapply/
NOTE: Applicants should have seven or more years of mid-level professional experience, including management responsibilities with some public sector work preferred.
Faculty advisors are available to assist students in identifying coursework that best meets their personal and professional goals. Students should meet with a faculty member as the first step in applying for the program. The following identifies advisors for specialized areas of study.
Applied Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management -
Advocacy and Social Movements -
Collaborative Governance - Tina Nabatchi
Environmental Public Participation and Conflict - Farhana Sultana
Transnational Conflicts -
Courses Accepted: Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution
The following courses may be counted toward completion of the CAS in Conflict Resolution. If you find a course you believe is appropriate for the CAS and is not listed below, you may present the course syllabus to PARCC’s Director for consideration that it be added to the list of accepted courses.
Courses Offered in Fall 2017 Semester-
Please note: PAI/SOS 601 Fundamentals of Conflict Studies is required for ALL students.
Applied Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management
||Negotiation: Theory and Practice |
||Media Law |
||Mid Career Training- Managerial Leadership (instructor Gerard-only) |
||Fundamentals of Social Work |
||Social Welfare Policy/Services |
|SWK 777 || ||Community Organization and Development |
Advocacy & Social Movements
|EST 608|| ||Environmental Advocacy Campaign: Conflict Resolution |
||Policy Practice and Advocacy |
||National Security Law |
|PAI 713/PSC 703
||Governance and Global Civil Society |
||Political Leadership |
Environmental Public Participation and Conflict
||Environmental Advocacy Campaign: Conflict Resolution |
||Development and Sustainability |
||International Human Rights |
||International Relations of the Middle East |
|PAI/ANT 707 || ||Culture in World Affairs|
|PAI 713/PSC 703|| ||Governance and Global Civil Society|
|PAI 715 || ||African Conflict (Greenberg House, DC)|
|PAI 715 || ||International Trade and Economic Negotiations (Greenberg House, DC)|
|PAI 715 || ||Statecraft and Smart Power (Greenberg House, DC)|
|PAI 716/ECN 610 || ||Economic Dimensions of Global Power |
|PAI 719 || ||Fundamentals of Post-Conflict Reconstruction |
|PSC 752 || ||International Law and Organizations (Barkun) |
If you have questions about certificate paperwork, contact Deborah Toole, PARCC's Office Coordinator, phone: 315.443.2367, email:
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students who completed the program, and other important information,
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