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Graduate Degree Program

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Scheduling Classes

New students should complete all core courses during their first year and enroll in INTS 4920 Conflict and Conflict Resolution the first term. This course is offered fall quarter. CRES 4221 Negotiation Theory and Practice should also be taken in the first term. CRES 4222 Mediation Theory and Issues should be taken winter quarter (second term), and CRES 4225 Conciliation and Reconciliation spring quarter (third term). It is very important that students finish all core requirements in the early part of their training. INTS 4920, CRES 4222, and CRES 4225 are offered only once each calendar year. They are not given in the summer.

The best way to complete the Conflict Resolution M.A. program is by enrolling in a full course load over three academic terms: Fall, Winter and Spring, which means a nine month period of intensive study from September through May followed by continuation of the Practicum in early summer and final courses in Fall term of the second year in graduate school—starting in September and finishing the degree by the end of November the following year. The six week Winter Interterm break (running from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year celebrations) offers a perfect opportunity for completing an internship. After the Spring term ends, Summertime is ideal for doing thesis research (if that option is selected) when intellectual materials in the field of Conflict Resolution—theories, research, debates, trends—are still fresh in one's mind. We believe that learning will be enhanced by compressing study into a shorter period rather than stretching a program to its five-year limits. Furthermore, intensive study is considerably less expensive.

The University of Denver offers a flat-rate tuition schedule whereby if a student enrolls in 12-18 credits, the total tuition for the term remains the same. Tuition is charged per credit hour, up to 12 hours—the last six credits add no additional fees—and above 18. This fee rate scheme only applies to enrollment in the traditional DU program; it does not incorporate courses taken at University College, where per-credit costs are already normally less than half of the traditional rate. In mapping out a course schedule for completing the M.A. degree, the following samples, show a 1-year, 2-year, and 4-year plan, for fulfilling requirements:

 

Course Schedule Samples

Note: Students are required to register for CRES 4981 Practicum, a 15-week session offered for two consecutive terms each year, Spring (10 weeks) and Summer (5 weeks). Strict Prerequisites: Prior completion of most Core Curriculum Courses plus the 40- hour Mediation training.

 

PLAN A: Time to Degree: 1 Calendar Year – full load each term

Fall Quarter (18 credits)

INTS 4920 Conflict Resolution 5 credits
CRES 4221 Negotiation Theory and Practice 3 credits
COMN 4310 Communication and Collaboration 5 credits
CRES 48XX Specialized Topics Class (varies) 3 credits
CRES 4961 Professional Development 0 credit
CRES 4981 Internship 2 credits

Winter Quarter (18 credits)

CRES 4222 Mediation Theory and Practice 5 credits
MGMT 4620 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics 4 credits
COMM 4701 40 Hour Mediation Workshop 4 credits
CRES 48XX Special Topics Class (varies) 3 credits
CRES 4981 Internship 2 credits

Spring Quarter (18 credits)

CRES 4225 Conciliation and Reconciliation 5 credits
CRES 48XX 3 Special Topics Classes (varies) 9 credits
CRES 4971 Practicum 3 credits
CRES 4981 Internship 1 credit

Summer Quarter (8 credits)

Elective Courses in Affiliated Academic Units
OR
CRES 4995 Thesis Research 5 credits and
CRES 4991 Independent Study 3 credits

 

PLAN B: Time to Degree: 2 Calendar Years – about 10 credits, or 2 courses per term

First year Fall Quarter (8 credits)

INTS 4920 Conflict Resolution 5 credits
CRES 4221 Negotiation Theory and Practice 3 credits
CRES 4961 Professional Development 0 credit

First year Winter Quarter (9 credits)

CRES 4222 Mediation Theory and Practice 5 credits
MGMT 4620 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics 4 credits

First year Spring Quarter (10 credits)

CRES 4225 Conciliation and Reconciliation 5 credits
CRES 48XX Special Topics Class (varies) 3 credits
CRES 4981 Internship 2 credits

Second year Fall Quarter (10 credits)

COMN 4310 Communication and Collaboration 5 credits
CRES 4111 Reflective Practice 5 credits
CRES 48XX Special Topics Class (varies) 3 credits

Second year Winter Quarter (10 credits)

COMM XXXX Facilitation-Mediation Workshop 4 credits
CRES 48XX 2 Special Topics Class (varies) 6 credits

Second year Spring Quarter (9 credits)

CRES 48XX 2 Special Topics Classes (varies) 6 credits
CRES 4971 Practicum 3 credit

Second year Summer Quarter (8 credits)

Electives 8 credits or
CRES 4995 Thesis Research 5 credits
CRES 4991 Independent Study 3 credits

 

PLAN C: Time to Degree: 4 Calendar Years – about 5 credits or 1 class per term

First year Fall Quarter (5 credits)
INTS 4920 Conflict Resolution 5 credits
CRES 4961 Professional Development – 0 credit

First year Winter Quarter (5 credits)
CRES 4222 Mediation Theory and Practice 5 credits

First year Spring Quarter (5 credits)
CRES 4225 Conciliation and Reconciliation 5 credits

Second year Fall Quarter (5 credits)
INTS 4221 Negotiation Theory and Practice 3 credits
CRES 4981 Internship 2 credits

Second year Winter Quarter (5 credits)
COMN XXXX Human Communications class 5 credits

Second year Spring Quarter (5 credits)
MGMT 4620 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics 4 credits
CRES 4981 Internship 1 credit

Third year Fall Quarter (5 credits)
CRES 4111 Reflective Practice 5 credits

Third year Winter Quarter (7 credits)
COMM 4701 40 Hour Mediation Training 4 credits
CRES 48XX Special Topics Class (varies) 3 credits

Third year Spring Quarter (6 credits)
CRES 48XX Special Topics Classes (varies) 3 credits
CRES 4971 Practicum 3 credit

Fourth year Fall Quarter (5 credits)
Elective or
CRES 4995 Thesis Research 5 credits

Fourth year Winter Quarter ( 3 credits)
CRES 48XX Special Topics Class (varies) 3 credits

Fourth year Spring Quarter (6 credits)
CRES 48XX Special Topics Classes (varies) 6 credits

 

Program Statement

The Program Statement outlines a student's academic background, career objectives, and a tentative schedule of courses, internship, practicum, and thesis (if the option is chosen) to be completed for curriculum requirements. Students should submit a Program Statement during the second quarter of study. The purpose of this document is to plan the schedule of your academic work and to be realistic about a graduation date. Changes in a program statement may be introduced at any time and as often as necessary with the approval of the Graduate Director.

To prepare a Program Statement (see sample on following page):

1. Prepare an outline of curriculum requirements including a schedule of courses you will be taking (or wish to transfer from another institution); when you plan to participate in an internship and enroll in the Practicum course; and a target graduation date, and

2. Submit the approved Program Statement to the Graduate Director for review and approval. The approved Program Statement will be placed in your file and checked against graduation requirements.

Note: A final program statement must be submitted at the same time you apply for graduation. It is the only way to check the curriculum requirements against your transcript of courses. Graduation applications are submitted on-line. Submit your final program statement to the Conflict Resolution Program Director.

Program Statement (sample)

Name: John Doe
Enrolled: September 2013
Graduation target: August 2014. Complete in 1 year

Career Objective: Human Resource Director for a Non-Profit Organization
Previous Education: B.A. Sociology, University of Colorado, 2010
Degree Program: M.A. in Conflict Resolution (62 quarter credits)

Core Courses 27 credits 
INTS 4920 Conflict and Conflict Resolution 5 credits Fall
COMN 4310 Communication and Collaboration 5 credits Fall
CRES 4221 Negotiation Theory and Practice 3 credits Fall
CRES 4961 Professional Development 0 credit Fall
CRES 4222 Mediation Theory and Issues 5 credits Winter
MGMT 4620 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics 4 credits Winter
CRES 4225 Conciliation and Reconciliation 5 credits Spring

Practical Technique Course 4 credits
COMM 4701 40 Hour Mediation Training 4 credits Winter

Methodology Course 5 credits
CRES 4111 Reflective Practice and Evaluation 5 credits Summer*

Specialized Topics Courses 14 credits
CRES 4333 Resolving Contentious Public Issues 5 credits Fall
CRES 4410 Intractable Conflict 3 credits Winter
CRES 4400 Restorative Justice 3 credits Spring
CRES 4420 Negotiation Difficulties 3 credits Spring

Internship 4 credits
CRES 4981 Internship 2 credits Winter
CRES 4981 Internship 2 credits Spring

Practicum 3 credits
CRES 4971 Practicum 3 credits Spring

Electives 5 credits
INTS 4410 Topics: Socrates/Ghandi Civil Resistance 5 credits Summer

*Course offered normally Fall term, offered as-need basis for Summer graduates only.

Total 62 credits

 

Graduate Director Signature__________________Date_______________

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