Master of Science in Restorative Practices

Human beings function best when they are immersed in meaningful relationships and equipped to play the greatest possible role in the decisions that most affect their lives. Our program attracts students who value community, relationship-building, resolving conflict constructively, supporting positive change and leading by empowering others.
The Master of Science degree provides a strong foundation in methods of engagement and participatory leadership, with flexibility to tailor your studies to develop as a professional and as a person. As an IIRP graduate, you will stand out as a person who knows how to maximize the power of relationships, manage conflict and guide organizational change.

The Master of Science in Restorative Practices degree program (10 courses/30 credits) is designed for working professionals, so you can complete your studies on a part-time basis in two to five years. 

You can get started anytime or anywhere with a hybrid or online course. You do not need to apply for admission to begin taking courses.

Four required courses

RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices (hybrid)

This cornerstone course is a hybrid of four days of professional development (offered at a growing number of locations around the world), in which you directly experience basic restorative practices. This is followed by online study, where you examine the fundamental principles of restorative practices, including readings and discussion 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 you found most important in your degree program.

Electives broaden your knowledge

Select six additional hybrid, online or independent study courses to complete your degree. Choose electives to tailor a coherent program of study, whether you are a teacher who wants to improve classroom management and academic outcomes, a principal charged with improving school climate, a counselor seeking to thwart bullying, a professional administrator honing conflict-resolution skills, a lawyer committed to restorative justice, or a leader working in a faith or community organization.

View our course offerings for full descriptions of all required and elective courses.


You may take up to four courses without applying for admission. Learn how to apply for admission by calling Jamie Kaintz, Director of Student Services, at (610) 807-9221, emailing [email protected], or visiting the Admissions page.

Financial support

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.

Become a licensed trainer

While anyone who has attended the prerequisite professional development may attend the Training of Trainers, alumni of the Graduate School, both degree and certificate recipients, are eligible to do so at no cost. This is part of our commitment to extend a restorative ethos beyond the Graduate School and support our alumni in implementing restorative practices in communities around the world. The Training of Trainers is also open to experienced practitioners who want to learn how to deliver IIRP professional development events.


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