Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone has questions.

The Director of Student Services is happy to discuss options for graduate study with you and to address any questions you might have about how graduate education works at the IIRP.

Frequently asked questions

Does the IIRP offer certification in restorative practices?

  • If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies and earning a credential to demonstrate your mastery, then a graduate certificate or master's degree is for you.
  • If you are interested in being licensed by the IIRP to train others, using IIRP’s licensed materials, then the Training of Trainers is for you. The Training of Trainers does not require enrollment in the IIRP Graduate School, but alumni are eligible to attend the TOT at no cost as an alumni benefit.

What do people do once they complete their certificate or degree?

  • Most students at the IIRP are employed in a career in which they want to become catalysts for change and model a restorative approach and leadership within their communities. Both the certificate and degree are graduate credentials that reflect both the student’s understanding of restorative practices, as well as the student’s ability to implement restorative practices within their community.
  • Both the degree and certificate will strengthen your leadership and conflict management skills, bringing added value to your existing workplace or setting you apart from other candidates for new opportunities.

Can courses taken for the Graduate Certificate be applied toward the Master of Science degree?

Yes, all of the courses will count toward your degree. The Master of Science program is built upon the foundation of the Certificate program, so all 12 credits will carry over.

What courses are offered and when?

See the Course Catalog for course descriptions and to see which courses are offered each term.

Can you tell me about the online, hybrid and independent study course formats?

Hybrid courses
  • Hybrid courses are completed by first attending a professional development event, then completing online coursework.
  • Scholarships are not available to attend professional development events, but the registration fees to attend the event are credited to the tuition for the course.
Online courses
  • Online courses are highly interactive and many are asynchronous, which means you have access to the course 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Each course has a specific start and end date, with assignments with due dates throughout the course.
  • Online courses are the equivalent of 42 hours of instruction. Additional time each week must be budgeted for readings and assignments.
  • All online work is accessed through Moodle, the online learning management system. If you can send an email, use a word processor and follow directions, you should find Moodle easy to learn and use. Learn more about Moodle on the Moodle FAQ page.
Independent study

Matriculated students may elect to tailor their graduate program, with faculty guidance, and complete 3 or 6 credits of independent study. Working with faculty, students create a contract outlining their learning goals for directed study, independent study or an action research project, focusing on a particular area of interest. Learn more about these options in the Course Catalog. Scholarships are not available for this personalized experience.

What are the costs and is financial aid available?

  • Tuition is $587/credit — all graduate courses are 3 credits.
  • Registration fees of $60 ($85 for late registrations) are due for each course.
  • The IIRP does not participate in federal funding; however, financial aid in the form of Pay-It-Forward Scholarships is available for students pursuing either the certificate or the degree. Also, low-interest loans are available for U.S. students. Learn more about financing your education »

When can I begin taking classes?

  • Students who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or the international equivalent as verified by the World Education Service, may begin studying several times throughout the year.
  • You may begins with a hybrid course or the fully online RP 506 course.
  • To continue beyond 12 credits (4 courses), students must complete the application for admission process.

What is my first step?

  • Create your student portal.
  • Review the Student Handbook and Catalog.
  • Register for your first course in your portal.
    • If you are requesting scholarship assistance, first complete the Financial Aid Application in your portal.
    • Register for the course in your portal.

Will IIRP graduate credits transfer?

As an accredited graduate school, our courses have been recognized by other higher-education institutions, who have allowed students to take courses at the IIRP and transfer those credits toward their degree programs. The Director of Student Services can assist you in providing syllabi and other information to your advisor to help determine whether our courses can be used to fulfill your academic requirements.