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.

Program Overview


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

  • Most program courses are 100% online with a few blended options with courses starting in Fall, Spring, and Summer months. Click here for a full list of course offerings.
  • 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.
  • There are no additional costs associated with choosing a specialization for your Master of Science in Restorative Practices. Click here for our Transparent Tuition.


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