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Conflict Resolution Institute


Academic Program Overview

Academic & Graduation Requirements

Effective 7/1/2020: The Conflict Resolution Program is no longer accepting applications. Explore our other program offerings.

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 2017-2018 MA Student Handbook

Degree Credits

  • 60 quarter hours of graduate credit

General Requirements

  • 12 courses - 2 maximum at 3000 level (if approved for graduate credit) others at 4000 level
  • 36 credits minimum in the traditional DU program
  • 26 credits maximum in the University College program
  • 41 DU credits (up to 21 quarter or 14 semester hours may be transferred)
  • 3 quarters of DU graduate registration
  • GPA at least 3.0
  • Completion within 5 years

Curriculum Requirements

Practical Techniques Workshops (required)
  • COMM 4701 Facilitative Mediation - through University College (4 credits) 
  • CRES 4961 Professional Development (0 credits)
Methodology Training (required)
  • CRES 4111 Reflective Practice and Evaluation (4 credits)
Special Topics (12 credits, at least 4 courses required)
  • CRES 4333 Resolving Contentious Public Issues (4 credits)
  • CRES 4400 Restorative Justice (2 credits)
  • CRES 4410 Intractable Conflict (2 credits)
  • CRES 4420 Negotiating Difficult Situations (2 credits)
  • CRES 4840 Managing Organizational Conflict (2 credits)
  • CRES 4850 Creating Agreement (2 credits)
  • CRES 4860 Public Forum Facilitation (2 credits)
  • CRES 4870 Conflict Vulnerability Assessment (2 credits)
  • CRES 4880 Grant Writing: The Research Proposal and Conflict Analysis (2 credits)
Internship (required)
  • CRES 4981 Internship (0-4 variable credits) 
Practicum (required)
Thesis (optional)
  • CRES 4991 and CRES 4995 Independent Study and Thesis Research (up to 10 credits) 

Graduation Requirements

The student must file a formal application for graduation in the Graduate Studies Office six months prior to anticipated graduation. Failure to do so may delay graduation to a subsequent quarter. Apply only if all degree requirements will be finished before the graduation date. All hours of credit must be paid prior to graduation. The University will not certify students for graduation until they have met the minimum requirements for hours toward the degree. In some cases, students with transfer credits from institutions on a semester system have half credits (as when 3 semester credits transfer as 4.5 quarter credits). We do not "round up" credit hours. Students can obviously graduate with more hours than required, but cannot graduate with even half a credit less than required.

  • A student must fill out and submit an "Application for Graduation" form. This form is available at the Office of the Registrar, which further specifies the rules and regulations for graduation at the University of Denver. There is no charge for the initial graduation application. If necessary to reapply, a nominal fee will be charged each time.
  • Graduation Requirements: In addition to coursework, the requirements include an internship and practicum. A thesis is optional. The thesis must be graded and submitted to the Graduate Studies Office in final copy before the end of the quarter of expected graduation. The "Graduate Studies Schedule of Deadlines" lists precise dates by which to apply for graduation, complete oral defense of the thesis, and submit required materials.
  • Commencement: Graduation ceremonies are held twice a year, in June and August. All graduating students are urged to attend. Students participating in commencement ceremonies are required to wear the appropriate academic regalia. Caps, gowns, and hoods may be rented. Participants must have met all degree requirements in order to march at commencement.