The Master of Arts in Restorative Justice is awarded upon successful completion of 45 semester hours. This includes a 15 credit required core, required restorative justice courses, cross-disciplinary elective courses, and the practicum. Students work with a faculty 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. All students are required to spend at least one spring semester (January-April) on campus.
To graduate, the student must meet all course and practicum requirements, earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the Master of Arts or a minimum GPA of 2.75 for the Graduate Certificate program, master program assessment criteria for competency, and obtain formal approval of the faculty for graduation.
Core Course Requirements
Master of Arts Core
PAX 534 Foundations for Justice & Peacebuilding I (6 credits)
PAX 634 Foundations for Justice & Peacebuilding II (6 credits)
PAX 535 Research Methods for Social Change (3 credits)
Restorative Justice Required Courses (9 hours):
PAX 571 Restorative Justice (3 credits)
PAX 676 Restorative Justice Practices (3 credits)
PAX 677 Restorative Justice and Whole System Approaches (3 credits)
PAX 682 Practicum (6-9 credit hours)
Cross-Discipline Elective Courses (12-15 hours)
This list below is not an all-inclusive list as elective offerings, particularly in the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, change from year to year:
- Mediation & Negotiation (3 credits)
- Facilitation: Process Design & Skills for Dialogue, Deliberation & Decision-making (3 credits)
- Justice in Transition: Restorative and Indigenous Applications in Post-war Contexts (3 credits)
- Building Resilience in Body, Mind & Spirit (3 credits)
- Circle Processes (1 credit)
- War-to-Peace Transitions: Systemic Peacebuilding (3 credits)
- Psychosocial Trauma, Identity and Dignity (3 credits)
- Nonviolent Mobilization for Social Change (3 credits)
Preparing for a Career in RJ:
Restorative Justice (RJ) is practiced in many settings. Some RJ specialists work within existing systems such as schools, prisons or jails, and businesses. Others integrate RJ approaches into community organizing movements or peace processes for transitioning from war. At CJP, we take a big view of opportunities for applying RJ knowledge, principles and practices.
Each student is coached and mentored through processes of discernment and reflection, and the Practice Director works with each student to identify areas for local practice and appropriate placements for the required practicum.