Program Overview

  • Dean: Laurel Bongiorno, Ph.D.
  • Program Director: Julian Portilla
  • Program History: Founded 30 years ago at Woodbury College and then migrated to Champlain College in 2008
  • Structure: Flexible to accommodate students carrying full or part-time credit load
  • Format: Hybrid, best-of-both-worlds format: Offers the flexibility and efficiency of online learning (24/7 access to instruction and assignment; highly collaborative through discussion, chat and email) with the intensity and depth of our face-to-face residency time.
  • Annual Cycle: Five terms per year; courses start in August, October, January, March, and May
  • Application Process: Rolling admission, applications accepted year-round; begin in any of the three start terms; August, January or May
  • Course Duration: 8-week online terms
  • Required Credit Hours: 42 credit hours
  • Degree Completion Time Frames:
    • Minimum: 16 months (two courses in seven successive 8-week term for 42 credit-hour core program)
    • Maximum: 6 years
  • Certificate in Mediation: Read more about our 18-credit certificate in mediation
  • Residency Requirement: Three residencies, the first is two weeks long; the second and third are one week each
  • Residency Location: Burlington, VT
  • Graduate Commencement Ceremony: Annually in May, Champlain College, Burlington, VT
  • Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • Woodbury Transfer Credits: Incoming students from the Woodbury Mediation Certificate program may receive up to 21 credits toward a full 42-credit Master of Science in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies degree here at Champlain. Because of the variation in electives available to certificate graduates, the exact composition of the remaining 21 Champlain College credits will be decided by the program director in conjunction with the student. Inquiries at the Office of Graduate Admission will be instructed of the above along with the standard application process in general.
  • Admissions: For information or application call toll-free: (866) 282-7259 or apply online
  • Online Information SessionsHear directly from the program director and an admissions representative as they explain what makes Champlain’s approach so effective
  • Admission: For information or application call toll-free: (866) 282-7259 or visit our Mediation Graduate Admission page.