MS in Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate proficiency and fluidity in the use of skills and tools in mediation and conflict engagement.
Demonstrate professional proficiency in mediation and conflict engagement documentation and writing.
Demonstrate ability to guide the parties in the exploration of key assumptions they may be making about their counterparts’ interests and intentions.
Demonstrate ability to manage each phase of the mediation process and assist parties in moving from one phase to another.
Attend effectively to student’s own emotional responses during mediation and other conflict engagement processes.
Understand and manage student’s own partiality in facilitating an inclusive conflict engagement or resolution process.
Show evidence of ability to synthesize feedback, apply learning from that feedback and articulate new awareness as a result of course work, along with the ability to prepare and deliver feedback.
Synthesize a personally relevant and professionally appropriate set of ethical standards to guide intervention work.
Demonstrate ability to use “self as instrument.” Student is authentic, genuine and able to gain trust of parties while mindful of mediation structure and tools.
Demonstrate the ability to develop a coherent and disciplined analysis of a conflict and develop an intervention plan for working with the key stakeholders, issues and dynamics identified in the analysis.
Accurately describe the concept of systems thinking, the basic characteristics of a system, and the key implications for both understanding and working with conflict.
Effectively evaluate published research, including quality of the research design, quality of data gathered, and relevancy and validity of research conclusions.
Describe and conduct a thorough literature review, including identification and use of primary sources and Internet-based sources.
Accurately describe the differences in approaches used by conflict interveners and assess the appropriateness of their applications in various settings.
Accurately describe each phase in a typical mediation (conflict engagement) process and the function of each phase, and identify clear transition points between each phase.
Ability to consistently articulate rationale for the use of a particular tool at a given stage in the conflict engagement process.
Demonstrate ability to create an effective structure for a particular conflict.