Academic Catalog

Divorce Mediation Certificate


This graduate certificate program in divorce mediation requires a minimum of 15 graduate credits dependent upon previous educational background. The program has been designed to serve the practicing or prospective divorce mediator.

All applicants to the program should have previously earned or be currently working toward a law degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree in a behavioral science (e.g. psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, child development, or family development) or other related discipline. Applicants planning to pursue the certificate must apply to the Center for Family Studies and the Graduate School for admission as non-degree students if not currently in a degree-seeking program. Persons currently working toward a doctorate or Juris Doctor at the University may participate in the certificate program as a cognate or minor. In this case, students must receive permission from their academic department as well as admission from the Center for Family Studies. Since the educational preparation prior to entry to this program will be quite diverse, the selection of courses within the certificate will vary among the participants. However, all students are expected to complete the core courses in addition to 10 credit hours selected from among several disciplines related to divorce mediation.

Core Courses

  • 1800:601 Divorce Mediation (3 credits)
  • 1800:602 Divorce Mediation Practicum (2 credits)

Select at least one from each area



  • 6200:601 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • 9200:621 Accounting and Finance from the Lawyer's Perspective (3 credits)


  • 3760:607 Family Dynamics (3 credits)
  • 5600:655 Marriage & Family Therapy: Theory & Techniques (3 credits)
  • 5600:667 Marital Therapy (3 credits)


Students who have already completed coursework in Law, Accounting, or Family may select from courses listed below:

  • 3760:540 Family Crisis (3 credits)
  • 3760:590 Workshop in Family & Consumer Sciences (1-3 credits)
  • 3760:602 Family in Lifespan Perspective (3 credits)
  • 5600:647 Career Development & Counseling Across the Life-Span (3 credits)
  • 5600:669 Systems Theory in Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • 6600:630 Customer Relationship Management (3 credits)
  • 9200:684 Seminar in Selected Legal Problems (3 credits)