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Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Peacebuilding


The Certificate in Applied Peacebuilding provides students with a fundamental set of concepts, tools, and skills to prepare them for or advance their careers in conflict, peacebuilding, and international development fields. The courses focus on specific, marketable, practical skills that are in-demand for those seeking careers and career advancement in government, NGOs, and the military.

This online certificate brings together KSU's commitment to our conflict management programs and accessible global professional education. This is the only graduate certificate in peacebuilding within the University System of Georgia and the only online program in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development.

In addition, we are developing a partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Global Campus that may allow for our students to have access to their courses. Upon completing our certificate program, students obtain an academic credential and USIP’s internationally recognized professional development training.

Through their coursework, students will demonstrate their knowledge of core theories, concepts, and principles in conflict management, peacebuilding, and development. Develop and apply knowledge of at least 2 advanced content areas like non-violent resistance, transnational civil society, elections and electoral systems, mediation, and negotiation.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application Form and Fee: An online graduate application is available at www.kennesaw.edu/admissions/graduate_admissions.html and should be filled out by the student. A non-refundable fee of $60 must be paid at time of application.
  2. Transcripts: Official transcript for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses must be submitted.
  3. Letter of Intent: An application letter that states the applicant's interest, goals, and potential use for the Certificate.
  4. Résumé: A current résumé is required.

Course of Study

Required Courses (3 Credit Hours):

  • MSCM 7100 Introduction to Conflict Management

Students will choose an additional 6 hours of elective courses

  • INCM 9602 Peacebuilding Assessment
  • INCM 9603 Essentials of Mediation
  • INCM 9604 Nonviolent Resistance
  • INCM 9607 Strategy Development
  • INCM 9608 Elections and Electoral Systems
  • INCM 9609 Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration
  • INCM 9611 Grant Writing and Evaluation
  • INCM 9613 Gaming, Conflict, and Decision-making
  • INCM 9340 Transnational Civil Society and Conflict
  • INCM 9350 Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, and Reconciliation
  • INCM 9370 International Project Management
  • INCM 9430 Post-Agreement Reconstruction

Program Total (9 Credit Hours).