Graduate School - Conflict Resolution

Garry Bailey, Academic Director  
Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution
ACU Box 27770
1541 N. Judge Ely Boulevard
Abilene, Texas 79699-7770
 

Phone: 325-674-2015 or
              800-395-4723 (outside of Abilene)
Fax: 325-674-2427

Email: conflictresolution@acu.edu 
Web: www.acu.edu/conflict

Faculty
Garry P. Bailey, Associate Professor and Academic Director
Joe L. Cope, Executive Director
Matthew J. Dodd, Assistant Professor

Adjunct Faculty who teach in this program:
Robert Otey
Patty Wenetschlaeger 

Introduction
The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (MA-CRR) is offered through the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution. The degree is a 36-credit hour non-thesis program. A 15-credit hour graduate certificate in conflict resolution is also available. The degree and certificate courses are offered in an online format with a mandatory residency session designed to concentrate on practical skill development. In addition, 6 credit hours are taken as a conflict practicum which is arranged in conjunction with the program advisor.

PLEASE NOTE: Because courses are offered online, students must have access to a computer with an internet connection and have sufficient technical proficiency for the online environment.

The program is designed to prepare students to analyze, address and manage conflict effectively and professionally. The faculty and course materials emphasize the importance of reconciliation. The degree will serve professionals currently engaged in careers in business, education, counseling and ministry, as well as individuals engaged in dispute resolution professions.

Primary purposes of the program are to equip and enable graduates who:

1. Are recognized and utilized as peacemakers, regardless of their professional or career positions;

2. Are well-versed in conflict theory and are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage conflict;

3. Possess the capacity for advancement into positions of leadership and service in a wide range of professions; and

4. Mentor and challenge others to pursue godly lives of collaboration and reconciliation.

Course work in this program has been designed to provide students with a depth of knowledge in the theory of conflict and its management. The emphasis on reconciliation reflects the importance of maintaining relationships even when the parties disagree. Each student is introduced and immersed in practical skills that both foster those relationships and effectively move parties to agreement.

Since 2000, the Duncum Center has endeavored to equip, encourage, and support individuals as peacemakers in personal relationships, families, churches, schools, professions and communities. It provides reconciliation services for individuals, organizations and churches, as well as providing opportunities for service and experience to program students and graduates.

Admission Requirements   

Entrance into the program is not limited to any specific undergraduate degree. The admission requirement for the MA-CRR program are:

   1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission);
   2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or  
       university or equivalent;  
   3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
   4. Two letters of recommendation;
   5. A purpose statement of no more than 1,000 words detailing the applicant’s motivation for undertaking a focused study on conflict resolution and reconciliation; and 
   6. Upon request, a personal or telephone interview with the program advisor or other departmental faculty or staff.

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND RECONCILIATION (MA)   

Major Code: CRR 

Requirements for the MA in conflict resolution and reconciliation are:
 

FOUNDATION (6 HOURS)
   
CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (24 HOURS)
   CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
   CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace or
         CONR 615 Managing Conflict in Schools or
         BIBM 645 Managing Conflict in Churches (not online)
   CONR 630 Advanced Mediation: Marital Disputes
   CONR 612 Conflict Management Systems Design
   CONR 635 Identity, Culture, and Conflict
   CONR 637 Dispute Resolution and the Legal System
   CONR 638 Ethics and Conflict Resolution
   MGMT 636 Organizational Behavior
RESIDENCY SESSION
PRACTICUM (6 HOURS)
   CONR 643 Practicum (6) or
   CONR 643 Practicum (3) and
         CONR 645 Practical Skill and Theory in
              Conflict Resolution (3) (not online)
CONR 643 Practicum and CONR 645 Practical Skills and Theory may
be started after the student has successfully completed CONR 605
and the Residency Session, and nine additional hours.

 

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CERTIFICATES IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION    

The graduate certificate in conflict resolution is offered for those students who are not seeking the graduate degree, yet desire specialized education in conflict management. The certificate is a 15-credit hour program. A residency session is required to successfully complete the certificate.

The Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution also offers a 12-credit hour graduate certificate in conflict resolution designed specifically for educators. This unique program includes on-line course work and a one-week residency session for the development of practical skills and for preparing trainers of mediators in the school setting. Special materials for trainers will be provided. Students may apply 12 hours toward the Master of Education in Leadership of Learning degree.

PLEASE NOTE: Because courses are offered online, students must have access to a computer with an internet connection and have sufficient technical proficiency for the online environment.

Admission Requirements
All candidates for the certificate must complete an application for the certificate program and must submit an official undergraduate transcript that shows a completed bachelor’s degree.

CERTIFICATE IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION (CER)

Major Code: CONR 

Requirements for the certificate in conflict resolution are:
 

FOUNDATION (6 HOURS)
   CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
REQUIRED (3 HOURS)
   CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)
   CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace or
       
CONR 615 Managing Conflict in Schools or
       
BIBM 645 Managing Conflict in Churches (not online)
   CONR 612 Conflict Management Systems Design
   CONR 630 Advanced Mediation: Marital Dispute
   CONR 635 Identity, Culture, and Conflict
   CONR 637 Dispute Resolution and the Legal System   
 RESIDENCY SESSION


CERTIFICATE IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR EDUCATORS (CER)    

Major Code: CCRE

Requirements for the certificate in conflict resolution for educators are: 

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Certificate in Conflict Resolution for Educators are:

1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission);
2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree in education or related field from a regionally   
    accredited college or university or equivalent; 
3. Submit official transcripts showing all previous college work; 
4. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
5. Submit a current resume;
6. Two letters of recommendation;
7. A purpose statement (2 pages double spaced, typed) including philosophy of education;
8. An official document indicating 2 years of teaching experience in an accredited PK-12 public or private school and;
9. Have access to a K-12 school or school district.
 

FOUNDATION (6 HOURS)
   CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
REQUIRED (6 HOURS)
   CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
   CONR 615 Managing Conflict in Schools
RESIDENCY SESSION

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Graduate Certificate in Heritage Development (CER)
Major Code: CHD
Note: This program is a face-to-face program, not online.

Admission Requirements
Admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Heritage Development are as follows:

1. A completed application and application fee (see online link to admission);
2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or 
   university or equivalent;
3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
4. A current resume;
5. A 1-2 page written purpose statement on the social value of heritage development.

This graduate certificate will give students an understanding of theories and processes for advising individuals and families about intergenerational heritage development including establishing a family legacy, managing life changes and the conflicts that result.  Emphasis is placed on critical and analytical thinking, communication and facilitation processes, developing a strategic vision, leading organizational change, and applying theories and skills in heritage development. 

The 15 credit-hour graduate program may be completed in approximately one year.  The course design is 4 intensive face-to-face format courses with pre-class and post-class assignments plus a practicum experience that spans the study period.  Travel, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student.

Requirements for the Certificate in Heritage development are: 

Certificate in Heritage Development (15 hours)
CONR 651 Critical Thinking and Analysis
CONR 653 Communication and Facilitation
CONR 655 Strategic Vision and Planning
CONR 657 Practicum in Heritage Development
CONR 631 Leading Organizational Change



 

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