Graduate Education

Change the world while you study restorative practices

Our graduate students are catalysts for change, putting what they’ve learned into practice in their own professional settings. The study of restorative practices draws from a range of disciplines, with the goal of understanding how to best address wrongdoing and conflict, support positive behavioral change, build social capital, educate, lead and, ultimately, strengthen civil society.

Participatory learning

At the IIRP, learning occurs through student-centered, faculty-guided exploration and reflection. Faculty are not only prominent thought leaders but also experienced practitioners in education, justice, social work and organizational management. Students have the opportunity to personalize their studies and focus on their greatest professional goals and challenges. Through hybrid and online learning experiences, students develop professional relationships with practitioners from across the globe, as they apply and evaluate what they are learning in their own settings.

Explore your options

Both the Graduate Certificate (4 courses/12 credits) and the Master of Science (10 courses/30 credits) programs are built around a core curriculum, with your choice of electives to personalize your educational experience. To take graduate courses you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a U.S.-accredited institution of higher education or its equivalent.

To accommodate students around the world, we enable you to complete up to 90% of your academic coursework from home. Courses are rigorous and engaging, with online, hybrid and independent study options. And connecting with supportive faculty and fellow students will boost your confidence with online technologies and environments: the wave of the future!

Hybrid courses are doorways to graduate studies

Hybrid courses combine participation in in-person professional development events with faculty-led online coursework with your fellow graduate students. All hybrid courses allow you to earn graduate credit.

There is one required hybrid course, RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices. To take this course, you must first participate in the IIRP’s cornerstone event, Basic Restorative Practices, offered in dozens of cities across the world, year-round. Attending this event assures you a direct experience with restorative practices in a face-to-face group setting before you delve deeper with the subsequent online coursework.

The following professional development events, symposia and conferences also become hybrid courses when you add online coursework:

Or begin from home with an online graduate course

Restorative Practices: The Promise and the Challenge (RP 506) is a graduate course that can serve as another doorway to graduate studies. This interactive course is fully online and will introduce you to a wide range of applications for restorative justice and other restorative practices. This course will count as one of your electives in either our Graduate Certificate or Master of Science program.

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Affordable graduate education

To make graduate/postgraduate studies affordable, we offer financial aid through Pay-It-Forward Scholarships and low-interest loans at an interest rate that is substantially lower than provided through U.S. government loans.

Flexible degree &
certificate options accessible around the world


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