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Graduate and Professional Certificates

Our Graduate Certificate programs, designed for mid-career professionals, integrates conflict analysis and resolution theory and practical technique focused on specialized areas of study.

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A graduate certificate gives you the enhanced knowledge and abilities to advance in your career while enabling your work to have a wider impact.

Student Career Opportunities

S-CAR's location in Northern Virginia, just four metro stops from downtown Washington, allows students to take advantage of opportunities at federal, state and local government offices, non-governmental organizations, advocacy networks, international organizations and the private business sector. Alumni living in the region and other parts of the world provide students with additional opportunities for networking and collaboration. Some local organizations include:

  • Aga Khan Foundation
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Community Building Institute
  • District of Columbia Mayor's Office on Community Relations
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Human Trafficking Institute
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism
  • Saferworld
  • Save the Children
  • Search for Common Ground
  • United Nations
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Institute of Peace

Graduate Certificates

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Graduate Certificate

This 15-credit certificate is specifically tailored to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to their focused areas of work. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, the certificate programs integrate conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical technique. Concentrations are available in Advanced Skills, Prevention and Reconstruction Contexts, World Religions and Peacebuilding, and Collaborative Community Action.

Contact: Program Director Mara Schoeny

Mass Atrocity and Genocide Prevention Graduate Certificate

This 15-credit program is tailored to provide students with practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to Mass Atrocity Prevention, including genocide and mass violence prevention. Designed for mid-career professionals studying in a cohort environment, or graduate students seeking specialized, practical knowledge, the certificate program integrates conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical techniques of preventing mass atrocities.

Contact: Program Director Douglas Irvin-Erickson

Application Deadline

Fall 2019: August 15, 2019

Application Instructions

You will submit all items required for the application through your application portal. Admission requirements, which apply to all Graduate Certificates, include:

  • Online Graduate Application.
  • A non-refundable application fee.
  • The application will require you to submit unofficial transcripts. In addition, two official copies of transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended are also required.
  • Résumé/CV.
  • A brief goals statement, stating the certificate track you are applying to and why.
  • Two letters of recommendation; which can be from faculty, colleagues or supervisors who can attest to your ability to perform well in this professional certificate program.

*Applicants with international credentials will need to submit additional items


Send transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
George Mason University
4400 University Drive MSN 4C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

When you submit your application, you'll get an email explaining how to view your status online. You'll see the specific items that we have received and a note on any item that needs to resubmitted. It's your responsibility to ensure that all documents are submitted online and that transcripts are delivered by the application deadline. Incomplete applications won't be reviewed.

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