This graduate certificate program in divorce mediation requires a minimum of 15 graduate credits dependent upon previous educational background. The program has been designed to serve the practicing or prospective divorce mediator.
All applicants to the program should have previously earned a law degree or a master's degree (at minimum in the behavioral sciences, such as psychology, social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy, or child and family development). Applicants planning to pursue the certificate must apply to the Center for Family Studies and the Graduate School for admission as non-degree students. Persons currently working toward a doctorate or Juris Doctor at the University may participate in the certificate program as a cognate or minor. In this case, students must receive permission from their academic department as well as admission from the Center for Family Studies. Since the educational preparation prior to entry to this program will be quite diverse, the selection of courses within the certificate will vary among the participants. However, all students are expected to complete the core courses in addition to 10 credit hours selected from among several disciplines related to divorce mediation.
All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.
Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.
Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.
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