Master's Degree Requirements - Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation Requirements

Degree: Master of Arts
Semester Hours: 45

The Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation (MACT) is awarded upon successful completion of 45 semester hours (SH). This includes a 15 credit required core, a high level conflict transformation course, a fall or spring skills assessment course, electives, and the practicum. Students work with an academic advisor to establish a course of study that will meet that student’s vocational goals. When pursued full-time, the program can be completed in two academic years; limited-residency students normally finish in three to five years. Normally all students are required to take 5-6 credits of their MACT residentially, on EMU's campus, with one of those courses being PAX 635.

To graduate the student must meet all course and practicum requirements, earn a minimum GPA of 3.00, master the program assessment criteria for competency, and obtain formal approval of the faculty for graduation.

Master of Arts Core (15 SH)

  • Foundations 1 sequence

    • PAX 533 Analysis: Understanding Conflict (3 SH) 

    • PAX 532 Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (3 SH)

  • Foundations 2 sequence (6 SH)

    • PAX 635 Global Challenges, Local Struggles and Transnational Solidarities (3 SH)

    • One elective course from an approved list of courses (3 SH)

  • PAX 535 Research Methods for Social Change (3 SH)

Conflict Transformation Required Courses (6 SH)

  • PAX 665 Designing Processes for Conflict Transformation (fall) (3 SH)

    • Please note this is a new requirement for MACT students beginning Fall 2022

And choose one of the following:

  • PAX 601 Mediation & Negotiation (fall) (3 SH)

  • PAX 676 Restorative Justice Practices (spring) (3 SH)

  • PAX 610 Facilitation: Process Design & Skills for Dialogue, Deliberation & Decision-making (spring) (3SH)

Electives (18-21 SH)

  • Additional skills courses, other PAX courses, or other courses decided with your faculty advisor based on your interests and goals. CJP’s annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute is also an excellent opportunity to pick up interesting elective courses taught by practitioner experts.

Practicum (6-9 SH)

  • PAX 682 Practicum

    • CJP accepts one student petition per year to complete PAX 683 Thesis in lieu of PAX 682 Practicum

Master of Arts in Restorative Justice Requirements

Degree: Master of Arts
Semester Hours: 45

The Master of Arts in Restorative Justice (MARJ) is awarded upon successful completion of 45 SH. This includes a 15 credit required core, 9 credits of required restorative justice courses, cross-disciplinary elective courses, and the practicum. Students work with an academic advisor to establish a course of study that will meet that student’s vocational goals. When pursued full-time, the program can be completed in two years; limited-residency students normally finish in three to five years. Normally all students are required to take 5-6 credits of their MACT residentially, on EMU's campus, with one of those courses being PAX 635.

To graduate, the student must meet all course and practicum requirements, earn a minimum GPA of 3.00, master the program assessment criteria for competency, and obtain formal approval of the faculty for graduation.

Master of Arts Core (15 SH)

  • Foundations 1 sequence

    • PAX 533 Analysis: Understanding Conflict (3 SH) 

    • PAX 532 Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (3 SH)

  • Foundations 2 sequence (6 SH)

    • PAX 635 Global Challenges, Local Struggles and Transnational Solidarities (3 SH)

    • One elective course from an approved list of courses (3 SH)

  • PAX 535 Research Methods for Social Change (3 SH)

Restorative Justice Required Courses (9 SH)

  • PAX 571 Restorative Justice: Principles, Theories & Applications (3 SH)

  • PAX 676 Restorative Justice Practices (3 SH)

  • PAX 677 Restorative Justice and Whole System Approaches (3 SH)

Electives (12-15 SH)

  • Additional skills courses, other PAX courses, or other courses decided with your faculty advisor based on your interests and goals. CJP’s annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute is also an excellent opportunity to pick up interesting elective courses taught by practitioner experts.

Practicum (6-9 SH)

  • PAX 682 Practicum (in select cases a student can petition to complete PAX 683 Thesis in lieu of the practicum)

    • CJP accepts one student petition per year to complete PAX 683 Thesis in lieu of PAX 682 Practicum

Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership Requirements