Specialized Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation


A Certificate in Conflict Transformation will be useful for persons interested in gaining knowledge and skill regarding their own and others’ conflicts on a personal and/or vocational level. Conflict transformation goes beyond conflict resolution and conflict management to an understanding of the journey involved in engaging conflict. This approach emphasizes the spiritual disciplines of prayer, meditation, waiting, and deep listening as well as an openness to the oftentimes serendipitous nature of a transformative process, which then guides us toward the relational nature of healthy conflict engagement.                     ~ Dr. Debbie Roberts

Primary Faculty

Dr. Debbie Roberts, Assistant Professor of Reconciliation Studies
Dr. Scott Holland, Slabaugh Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Peace Studies and Cross-Cultural Studies
Faculty from partner seminary, Earlham School of Religion


The Certificate in Conflict Transformation provides a means of focusing on the work of reconciliation and conflict transformation. Along with theoretical approaches, the skills needed for constructive work in this area are practiced both individually and in groups. Graduates with a Certificate in Conflict Transformation will

  • develop an understanding of the nature of conflict and multiple models of engagement, especially from the Anabaptist-Pietest heritage;
  • demonstrate knowledge of and sensitivity to the social, spiritual, emotional, and contextual factors that influence the ability to engage in a creative process of conflict transformation;
  • practice skills that promote a healthy conflict transformation process responding to diverse settings and participants, whether among individuals or groups. 


Graduate certificate students take two required foundational courses and three elective courses, a total of fifteen credit hours. Students can take any number of courses in a semester. Not all courses are offered every year. The certificate can be completed in one to two years.

Required Courses

  • Conflict Transformation
  • Mediation as Social and Spiritual Practice
    Restorative Justice

Three Elective Courses

  • Feminist Theological Perspectives on Conflict
  • Gospel of Peace
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care*
  • Just Peace: An Ecumenical Call
  • Mediation as Social and Spiritual Practice
  • Pastoral Care with Family Systems*
  • Religion as a Source of Terror and Transformation
  • Restorative Justice

*Offered through Earlham School of Religion

Admissions Deadlines

Fall application process:           July 15
Spring application process:      December 1


Total cost for fifteen credit hours is $7,200. Students may apply for financial aid through Bethany: Church Service Covenant Grant, Academic Excellence Scholarship, and need-based aid.

Through our generous financial aid program, students may reduce their total tuition costs down to as low as $2,200 for the entire certificate if completed in four semesters. There is a $350 extension fee if a fifth semester is needed. An institutional loan program is also available for those who qualify. For full details on financial aid, payment plans, and extension fees, contact Bailey Schroeder through the Admissions Office (see below).

For more information on this certificate and courses, refer to the Bethany Academic Catalog.

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