Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The Certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, offered by the Graduate College at Missouri State, provides a graduate-level experience for those who are interested in dispute resolution and conflict processes. The program provides for the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for understanding conflict and resolving disputes.

The certificate is interdisciplinary in nature, allowing students to select the courses that are the most useful and applicable to their chosen or planned profession. The program has two required components: a theory/research component and an applied component. Nine hours of electives allow students to further customize their educational experience as they pursue the study of conflict and its resolution in the context of their specific discipline.

This graduate certificate will benefit anyone who encounters conflict on an interpersonal, family, organizational, inter-group, or community level. Participants in the program learn to analyze, address, and manage conflict professionally and effectively. The skills learned are extremely valuable in a variety of professions and include the ability to understand and effectively intervene in conflict situations. Students learn and practice superior communication skills and develop their abilities to work with and lead others.

Program participants have included individuals from a wide range of fields, including the following:


Health Care

Child and Family Development


Social Work

Natural Sciences




Public Service

Criminal Justice


Course Options

View the list of required and elective courses for the certificate.


Download or link to useful forms for students in the certificate.

Steps to Complete

These are the steps to complete the graduate certificate, from application to graduation.

The graduate certificate in conflict is a transcripted degree program. This means that once you have completed the program the degree will appear on your transcript and you can list it on your resume or vitae just as you would a bachelor's or master's degree. 

This certificate program may be taken alone or in conjunction with another graduate-level degree. With permission, students can “double count” coursework in this graduate certificate program toward a master’s degree.