Student-centered and learner-driven.

At the IIRP, we offer flexible graduate-level programs geared toward working professionals that allow you to study where you live and work. We foster an approach of starting small and growing to bigger circles in your communities. You can tailor your plan of study to meet your individual learning goals. Each course of study convenes a diverse learning community, where you will engage with the subject matter, fellow students, and faculty. Each program requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent, along with the belief that all of us possess the power to heal our communities and the curiosity to learn how.


Master of Science in Restorative Practices

Become a compassionate leader, empathetic listener, and community builder.

Graduate students at the IIRP are catalysts for change, putting what they’ve learned into practice across professional settings. The study of restorative practices draws from a range of disciplines. Our graduates problem-solve in a way that fosters cohesion and creates conditions for collaborative teamwork. The coursework of this program allows learners to develop skills in emotional intelligence, self-reflection, and conflict management, equipping them to proactively build more effective relationships and positive community culture.

Explore a broader lens of restorative practices. Investigate how to lead people more effectively and build diverse and resilient teams through a focus on responsibility, respect, and inclusive participation, sparking creativity and innovative ways of thinking. Curate the skills to uncover the root causes of conflict and facilitate complex conversations to minimize harm, repair relationships, and identify solutions. Enhance critical thinking and communication skills to become more adept at influencing change.

Within the degree, students can concentrate on specific fields, as well as trailblaze their own path and expand the field of restorative practices by adding the thesis option to their master’s degree.

Program Overview
  • Ten courses: four required courses and six electives.
  • Supported by faculty and fellow students, course assignments help you put your learning into practice.
  • Most students complete the program in two to three years.

Requirements include:

Community Engagement Specialization

Build community and influence change through relational skills.

Restorative practices honors the existing strengths in a community and helps to increase personal and collective efficacy. The community engagement specialization focuses on creating adaptive solutions built on an understanding of the relational and social needs of a community.

Students who choose this specialization will develop competencies in facilitating complex conversations that enable diverse populations to collaborate. You will learn how to create resilient and inclusive communities by effectively addressing community health and well-being, relational harm, and cultural differences. These skills will allow graduates to initiate systemic change by energizing community members, supporting bottom-up activities, and empowering individuals.

Within the degree specialization, students can trailblaze their own path and expand the field of restorative practices by adding the thesis option to their master’s degree.

Requirements

To earn specialization recognition on a transcript, the following are required in addition to the required coursework for the Master of Science:

There are no additional costs associated with choosing a specialization for your Master of Science in Restorative Practices.

Education Specialization

Promote a healthy teaching and learning environment that allows students to thrive.

The education specialization provides coursework that focuses on teaching and learning using practical, timeless, evidence-based practices to create a sense of belonging, minimize harm, and improve school climate.

Themes explored in the education specialization include facilitating conversations to navigate complex situations with students, families, colleagues, and administrators. Students in this specialization will develop the skills to support their students socially, emotionally, neurologically, and academically. These skills will allow graduates to develop anti-racist education, challenge current educational systems, and cultivate students who are better equipped to navigate complex challenges, self-regulate, manage conflict, and become better citizens.

Within the degree specialization, students can trailblaze their own path and expand the field of restorative practices by adding the thesis option to their master’s degree.

Requirements

To earn the specialization recognition on a transcript, the following are required in addition to the required coursework for the Master of Science:

There are no additional costs associated with choosing a specialization for your Master of Science in Restorative Practices.

Thesis Option

Students — as well as our alumni — who wish to conduct original research may choose to pursue the Thesis Option. A faculty chair will provide guidance as you design relevant research that can be completed within a one-year time frame. By completing the Thesis Option, you can gain research experience and develop advanced competencies in scholarly writing. If you are considering a research-intensive career or are interested in pursuing doctoral-level study, the Thesis Option may be a desirable choice for you.

Requirements

To pursue this option, a student must already be admitted to the Master of Science program and then request faculty approval. Additional fees apply.

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Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices

Delve deeper into restorative practices and go beyond training with a graduate credential.

This program will help learners develop an in-depth understanding of the foundations of relational engagement and practical frameworks to apply restorative practices appropriately in their own settings. The certificate is customizable with electives geared to different interests and practices. Learners will apply conceptual and analytical skills in evaluating the links among practice, systems, and policy issues.

Join a professional learning community to elevate your skills in giving and receiving constructive feedback while gauging your proficiency in the emotional, relational, and ecological underpinnings of restorative practices. This option is ideal for professionals who already have an advanced degree or who are still deciding to pursue a Master of Science. All courses can be completed within a year and be applied toward a Master of Science degree.

Four Courses

Graduate Certificate in Relational Facilitation for Healing Trauma

This certificate will be available beginning Fall 2024. Designed for those who support individuals or communities in need, this series of four restorative practices-informed facilitation courses equip facilitators with practical techniques to recalibrate difficult situations. Students learn how to incorporate the Relational Care Ladder, which guides restorative practitioners in identifying a person's unmet needs for safety, awareness, engagement, and empowerment. Self-respect, reciprocity with self and others, and role modeling processes are explored at different levels to inform facilitators as they create essential structures to nurture those experiencing adversity or trauma. Students engage in weekly sessions to practice various facilitation techniques with a professional learning community of classmates and outside volunteers. Coursework covers how different relational approaches can be utilized to support individuals and communities through crisis, trauma, and the healing process. 

Four Courses

Graduate Certificate in Change Implementation in Organizations and Social Systems

This certificate will be available beginning Spring 2025. Grounded in the field of restorative practices, students earning this certificate will focus on the human side of change and the centrality of relationships and group dynamics in the change process. Through this series of four courses, students will expand their knowledge and skills in implementing change initiatives in varied contexts leading to enhanced performance. They will improve their ability to strengthen interpersonal relationships and build social networks, paving the way to implement, embed, and sustain positive change. Theoretical and practical learning in this certificate focuses on key areas, including change management and leadership; implementation science and practices; models of personal and social change; systems thinking; human capital theory; and ethical and cultural considerations. Throughout the coursework, students will integrate principles and strategies derived from the field of restorative practices and restorative justice. Both traditions value meaningful participation in decision-making and attention to human dignity, regardless of context.

Four Courses

 

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Graduate Program Information

If you would like to speak about graduate courses and programs, please contact Student Services.

Email: studentservices@iirp.edu

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