Program at a Glance

Program Overview

Dean: Laurel Bongiorno, Ph.D.

Program Director: Julian Portilla

Program History: Founded 30 years ago at Woodbury College and then relocated to Champlain College in 2008

Structure: Flexible scheduling to accommodate students taking one or two courses per term.

Format: Combines the convenience of instructor-led classes online (including 24/7 access to instruction and assignments, highly collaborative discussions, chat and email), virtual simulated mediation practice, and face-to-face learning in our residency experience.

Annual Cycle: Five terms per year, starting in August, October, January, March and May. New students begin in August, January or May.

Course Duration: Eight-week online terms.

Required Credit Hours: 42 credit hours.

Degree Completion Time Frames:

  • Minimum: Two years.
  • Maximum: Six years.

Residency: 10 days of required residency at our campus in Burlington, Vermont, over two visits (in January and May), plus an optional four-day residency as an elective. Includes in-depth mediation workshops with peers from the program, along with professional development and networking sessions with students from other Champlain College online graduate programs.

Certificate in Mediation: Read more about our 18-credit certificate in mediation

Graduate Commencement Ceremony: Held annually in May at Champlain College, Burlington, VT.

Application Process: Rolling admission; applications accepted year-round. Begin in any of the three start terms: August, January or May. Call a Graduate Admissions Counselor for term application deadlines.

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Woodbury Transfer Credits: If you previously earned a Mediation Certificate from Woodbury College, please contact a Graduate Admissions Counselor. Along with the Program Director, they will help develop a program plan that suits your academic experience.

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.

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