Understand the legal policies connected to negotiation and mediation. Master the art of conflict management in a corporate landscape that values the skill today more than ever.

Designed for both legal and nonlegal professionals, this fully online graduate Certificate in Conflict Management teaches interdisciplinary skills like conflict negotiation, mediation, dispute system design, solution-first critical thinking, and restorative justice advancement–all through a legal lens.

Our Commitment to You

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Negotiate agreements using a problem-solving or positional approach as appropriate
  2. Mediate conflicts
  3. Create an environment conducive to emotional self-regulation and effective problem solving during divisive conversations
  4. Advise individuals and organizations regarding ongoing conflict or conflict processes
  5. Lead teams in preventing and resolving conflict


To successfully complete the Certificate in Conflict Management, one must complete 4 courses/8 credit hours. This program features three entry terms – spring, summer, and fall, and you can control your rate of pursuit by completing one course per term or stretching your studies over two or three terms. The program is offered exclusively online.

Course Options

  • Restorative Processes in Conflict Management
  • Problem-Solving Negotiation Skills
  • Mediation and Turning Conflict Conversations into Dialogue
  • Dispute Systems Design

Tuition and Fees

The School of Law and Loyola’s Office of Student Financial Assistance are committed to helping you secure the necessary financial resources to make your legal education at Loyola affordable.

Admission and Application

To apply for the Certificate in Conflict Management program, you must possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.


Dates and Deadlines

Fall Term

Application Deadline

August 1

Spring Term

Application Deadline

December 1

Summer Term

Application Deadline

April 1


How does a certificate impact my admission to a degree program?

Completion of the certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree programs. You must amend your certificate application materials and provide additional references and statements of purpose to be considered for admission to a degree program.

Can I transfer my graduate certificate credits into a degree program?

If admitted to one of Loyola’s Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) programs, you may be eligible to transfer all or some (depending on the degree program you’d seek application to) of the credit hours completed as part of your certificate program towards the degree.

What can I expect from the online learning experience?

Loyola’s online courses are taken by professionals from a number of industries, including banking, marketing, health care, and higher education. Students join the program at various points in their careers, and each student brings a unique background to our programs.

Courses are taught by adjunct and full-time faculty members at Loyola as well as by leading practitioners, all of whom are experts in their fields. Each course is organized to teach key substantive areas and practical skills. All courses are offered online through Loyola’s learning management system (Sakai) and consist of reading assignments, recorded lectures, quizzes or exams, bulletin board assignments, writing assignments, and live classes. Course materials are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To learn more about state and international authorization of programs, please refer to our State and International Authorization page. To learn more about the accreditation of Loyola University Chicago and its schools, as well as information about professional licensure, visit our Accreditation page.