We practice what we teach.

Students have the opportunity to personalize their studies and focus on their greatest professional goals and challenges. Students learn through faculty-guided exploration and reflection, as well as through engaging learning experiences with their fellow students around the world. Our faculty are scholars and practitioners who enjoy teaching and learning with others most of all.

Educational Philosophy

The IIRP Graduate School offers graduate degrees and professional development programs that promote learning, personal growth and social responsibility among its students by integrating the core concepts of restorative practices in all teaching and learning activities.

We believe that every human being has intrinsic value, deserves to be treated with respect, is capable of changing and growing and is inherently motivated to learn. We also believe that learning occurs best within a participatory learning community with students actively engaged in their own learning and interacting with their fellow students, and that learning should not only build capacity for the future, but should address current problems and challenges facing individuals and society.

Graduates will be thoughtful practitioners, able to advance in their profession and committed to developing their own capacities through habits of exploration and reflection. They will be effective communicators and will have a well-developed capacity to engage in lifelong inquiry and learning. They will have an understanding of healthy interpersonal and organizational relationships and will work well with others in responding to new and unexpected challenges that arise in their organizations and communities.

Lastly, the IIRP Graduate School’s aim, as suggested by Albert Einstein in a speech in 1936, “is the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service of the community their highest life problem.”

Serving the Mission

Our students' learning process is measured in every course, to ensure we serve our mission. Students will find that each course has a learning outcome and objective, linked with program goals, institutional learning goals, institutional goals and the mission.

Institutional Learning Goals

  1. Critical Thinking: Members of the IIRP learning community will analyze, synthesize and interpret texts, experiences, feedback and other information.
  2. Communication skills: Members of the IIRP learning community will write and speak well in different contexts.
  3. Self-Directed Learning: Members of the IIRP learning community will take initiative and responsibility to manage and assess their own learning activities.
  4. Ethical Awareness: Members of the IIRP learning community will identify and analyze ethical issues associated with restorative processes and the effect on others.
  5. Information Literacy: Members of the IIRP learning community will be able to locate, analyze and use information appropriately.

Master of Science Program Goals

  1. Verify knowledge and skill in restorative processes, from basic to advanced and from informal to formal.
  2. Analyze and evaluate history, philosophy, theory and significant research about restorative practices and apply it appropriately to area of concentrated study.
  3. Apply strategies for self-evaluation and professional growth in a variety of increasingly complex situations.
  4. Critique area of concentrated study as it relates to restorative practices.
  5. Identify a problem or problems within an area of concentrated study and determine a restorative approach to addressing the identified problem.
  6. Demonstrate proficiencies in technological capabilities and information literacy appropriate to the graduate study of restorative practices.

Graduate Certificate Program Goals

  1. Verify knowledge and skill in restorative processes, from basic to advanced and from informal to formal.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the history, philosophy, theory and significant research about restorative practices by completing various restorative projects.
  3. Apply strategies for self-evaluation and professional growth in a variety of settings.

Each class provides an intensive learning experience.

Courses at the IIRP include both face-to-face interaction and online instruction that offers you the flexibility of learning without travel. Our participatory classes address all types of learning styles through readings, lecture, reflection, videos, role play, discussion, group exercises and case studies.

All courses taken for the Graduate Certificate can be applied toward your plan of study for a Master of Science degree.

Required Courses for Certificate Required Courses for Master's Degree
RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices
RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action
Plus Two Electives RP 610 Evaluation of Research
  RP 699 Restorative Practices Capstone
  Plus Six Electives

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Deepen your knowledge and enhance your skills.

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) is a graduate institution designed for the 21st century, where learning centers on real-life challenges and projects.

We are the first graduate school wholly dedicated to restorative practices.

Our students exhibit a pioneering spirit, and together we are fostering restorative practices as an emerging social science.

At the IIRP, you will:

  • Learn concepts and practices you can use immediately.
  • Gain essential skills to be more effective in your work.
  • Receive constructive feedback from experienced, supportive faculty. 
  • Join a worldwide network of people committed to advancing restorative practices.
  • Gain confidence with online technologies and environments by connecting with supportive faculty and fellow students.

Our Students

IIRP students seek to positively influence their organizations and communities whatever their job role. Many already have advanced degrees, but they come to the Graduate School to learn more and establish themselves in a field that didn't exist when they were first studying.

Our Faculty

IIRP faculty are the world’s leading experts in the ideas and competencies they teach. They’ll help you tailor your studies and facilitate meaningful online engagement with fellow students from around the world.

Blended coursework allows you to study where you live and work.

You may try your first course without applying for admission.

Register for your first course now.

Our commitment to you.

When you choose a graduate school, you don’t want any surprises when it comes to tuition and fees. Once you are admitted, we guarantee tuition will never increase and you will receive an additional 8.35% discount.

Unlike most schools, we do not charge fees for course registration, graduation and transcripts. Transparent Tuition means there are no hidden costs.

The sooner you are admitted, the sooner you start saving. You may take your first course now at our reduced rate.

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  • Admitted students enjoy the added benefit that registration fees for professional development events associated with blended courses, including conferences and symposia, are rolled into the total program cost.
  • Students who take a professional development event associated with a blended course before matriculating will receive a credit for the event.
  • Admitted students are eligible for financial aid using our Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Put your values into practice.

Our Graduate Certificate will prepare you to become an expert practitioner in your setting. This program establishes a firm understanding of how restorative practices works.

  • Transparent Tuition guarantees your tuition never increases.
  • Admitted students will be assigned a faculty advisor to plan their course of study.
  • No GRE required to apply.

Many students begin with our Graduate Certificate and then continue to pursue a Master of Science degree. All courses taken for the Certificate can be applied toward your plan of study for your degree.

Complete your Graduate Certificate in less than a year.

Students work with faculty advisors to personalize a coherent plan of study based upon two required courses and two electives, totaling four courses.

  • RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices is a blended course completed by first attending all four days of the Basic Restorative Practices professional development event, then completing the online RP 500 coursework.
  • RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action, an online course, allows students to implement and evaluate a project in their own professional or personal setting.
  • Round out your plan of study by selecting two courses from a wide range of electives related to applications of restorative practices in education, justice, counseling and leadership.

A bachelor's degree or equivalent is required. Students who have been admitted into the certificate program must complete the program within two years.

Students interested in taking additional elective courses (more than the four courses required for the certificate) must apply to Master of Science program.

Register for your first course now.

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) is a graduate institution designed for the 21st century, where learning centers on real-life challenges and projects.

Our Master of Science in Restorative Practices is an advanced degree that will prepare you to make systemic changes in your work environment and community. This is our most comprehensive and intensive learning option.

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.

  • Blended coursework allows you to study where you live and work.
  • Transparent Tuition guarantees your tuition never increases.
  • Designed for working professionals, most students complete their degree in 2 to 3 years.

"People want to believe they can change the world. At the IIRP, they learn how: how to change behaviors, build relationships and empower communities."

Eileen Cunningham '14
Connecticut, USA


Personalized Program of Study

Students work with faculty advisors to personalize a coherent plan of study based upon four required courses and six electives, totaling 10 courses.

  • RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices is a blended course completed by first attending all four days of the Basic Restorative Practices professional development event, then completing the online RP 500 coursework.
  • RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action, an online course, allows students to implement and evaluate a project in their own professional or personal setting.
  • Customize your degree with six elective courses related to applications of restorative practices in education, justice, counseling and leadership.
  • RP 610 Evaluation of Research, an online course, teaches students to be knowledgeable consumers of research so they can understand and critically evaluate formal quantitative and qualitative scholarship.
  • RP 699 Restorative Practices Capstone, our online “capstone” course, may be completed after all other degree requirements are satisfied. Working online with a small “professional learning group” and a professor, fellow students support each other in writing a final paper and giving a brief oral presentation that summarizes the ideas they found most important to their field of study.

A bachelor's degree or equivalent is required. Master of Science degree students must complete the program within five years of being admitted.

Register for your first course now.

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