Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Graduate Certificate)

Creighton University is advancing the field of conflict resolution. With our Graduate Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, we are training a new generation of practitioners and scholars.

Through intensive courses, conferences and workshops, we provide cutting-edge approaches and techniques in negotiation, conflict management, mediation and dispute systems design.

We work to reduce the cost of conflict by increasing opportunities for collaboration in:

  • Business environments
  • Communities
  • Corporations
  • Courts
  • Educational institutions
  • Families
  • Government organizations
  • Healthcare institutions
  • Other workplaces

An Evolving Field

The field of conflict resolution has transformed from an alternative form of dispute resolution to the mainstream. By studying conflict resolution at Creighton University, you’ll be on the ground floor of the next development in the field.

You’ll learn to balance the needs of diverse groups within ever-changing environments. You’ll gain valuable skills such as –

  • Coaching
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict analysis
  • Dialogue
  • Problem solving

The graduate certificate program can be completed in 6 months to a year.


The skills, perspectives, tactics and techniques you learn will serve you well in any number of careers. Careers generally fall into these categories –

  • Ally—advocates, organizers, strategists and coaches
  • Third-party—facilitators, mediators, evaluators and arbitrators
  • System—process designers, case managers, trainers and system advisors

What You'll Learn

  • Coaching
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict analysis
  • Dialogue
  • Problem-solving


The graduate certificate requires all foundational and skills/processes courses from the master’s degree. The exception is that students have the opportunity to choose between taking Systems and Dispute Systems Design or Facilitation and Group Processes for a total of 16 credits. See complete curriculum.

Admissions Requirements

Preferred Application Deadline

Domestic: August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring and May 1 for summer entry.

International students should apply at least 3 months in advance of anticipated start date in order to get all paperwork processed.

Admissions Requirements for the On Campus Program:

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application and non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Two letters of recommendation (please use the electronic rec. process with the online application). The recommendations should be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who are qualified to assess your performance in an academic or work setting.
  3. Statement of purpose (500-750 words): Based on your CV/Resume and your other application materials, we should have a good picture of where you have been and what you have done. Focus on the future: What goals have you set for yourself? How will this program help you meet those goals?
  4. A short writing sample in response to the exercise listed on the Admissions Writing Exercise page (1000 words).
  5. Resume
  6. An interview with a faculty member
  7. Bachelor’s degree and transcripts for all bachelors and post-bachelors coursework, sent directly from the issuing school, with the official seal. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. [A 3.0 GPA or higher is required for unconditional acceptance into the program. Students not meeting this requirement may be accepted provisionally.]
  8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550 PBT).

Creighton School of Law Students:

You are welcome to apply for the NCR program, but you must complete a Graduate School application, pay the fee, and ask that your law school application be sent to the Graduate School as well..

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