Whether you are interested in using restorative practices in education, criminal justice, social work, faith communities, workplaces, youth service settings or as a leadership strategy, this degree will foster a deeper understanding of how to achieve healthy interpersonal and organizational relationships. As a graduate of our program, you will stand out as a person who can engage well with others and respond to conflict and other challenges. Your studies will not only enhance your skills and understanding for the future, but will help you address current issues in your professional and personal life.
The Master of Science in Restorative Practices degree program (10 courses/30 credits) is readily accessible, even to those who live a great distance from our campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA:
- You can complete up to 90% of the degree program through online courses or independent study.
- You can choose to increase your percentage of in-person learning experiences through hybrid courses that combine professional development events or a symposium or international conference with online coursework. These events are held in Bethlehem and in a growing number of locations around the world.
At the IIRP, learning occurs through exploration and reflection. You will work with a faculty advisor who will assist you in personalizing your program to create a coherent plan of study that matches your interests. Choose from a growing number of online, hybrid and independent study options.
Courses engage you and facilitate interaction with your fellow students and our experienced faculty in a variety of forums. Although most of the coursework may be completed online, you must participate in at least one hybrid course (RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices), so that you initially have a direct experience with restorative practices in a face-to-face group setting. The remaining courses may be completed from your own home.
Four required courses
RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices (hybrid)
This cornerstone course is a hybrid of four days of professional development in which you directly experience basic restorative practices (offered at a growing number of locations around the world) followed by online study in which you examine the fundamental principles of restorative practices, including readings about human emotion and behavior.
RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action (online)
Restorative Practices in Action enables you to create a project to try out the basics of restorative practices in your own professional or personal setting. You will refine your skills and enhance your understanding, while interacting online with a peer group of enthusiastic fellow students.
RP 610 Evaluation of Research (online)
In this course, you will learn to be a good consumer of research by reading and critiquing articles. You will increase your understanding and skills by interacting online with your fellow students and a knowledgeable and helpful professor.
RP 699 Final Professional Learning Group (online)
You take this final “capstone” course when you have completed all of your other studies. Working online with a small “professional learning group” and a professor, you and your fellow students will support each other in writing a final paper and giving a brief oral presentation that summarizes the ideas that you found most important in your degree program.
View the course catalog for full descriptions of all required and elective courses.
To make graduate studies affordable to professionals interested in learning more about restorative practices, we offer:
- Scholarships: Offset the cost of study by applying for a Pay-It-Forward Scholarship.
- Low-interest loans: For students in the U.S., IIRP loans are available at an interest rate that is substantially lower than provided through U.S. government loans.
You may take up to four courses without applying for admission. To learn how to apply for admission, call the Registrar at (610) 807-9221, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Admissions page.