Conflict Resolution Professional Concentration FAQs

  • How will this program benefit me?
  • Conflict resolution is a life skill that can be utilized both at home or at work. This program is designed to provide tools to address and resolve conflicts through better communication. People who are in leadership positions, or aspire to be in a supervisory role, will benefit from lessons in collaborative dialogue and negotiations. Similarly, those working in human services or community relations will also gain from learning advanced skills in mediation, facilitating and consensus building.
  • Who teaches these courses?
  • Our courses are taught by recognized experts in mediation and conflict resolution.
  • Is this professional concentration available online?
  • Currently, the only course offered online is Introduction to Conflict Resolution. Our other two courses are held in-person at our One Capitol Mall location.
  • Are there any prerequisites for the Conflict Resolution Professional Concentration?
  • There are no prerequisites for enrolling in this program.
  • How long will it take to complete this professional concentration?
  • The program is three courses long, spanning the fall, winter and spring academic quarters. Students can complete the program in as few as 9 months, but have up to 5 years to earn their professional concentration.
  • Can I work full time and still complete this professional concentration?
  • Yes. The majority of our students are full-time working professionals. Many have partnered with their employers to take time off as part of professional development. Courses are also structured so that no more than 3 days would need to be taken off during a week. So, with advanced notice to employers, many of our students have been able to complete the program while working full time.
  • Are textbooks required for courses?
  • Each course is different. Some textbooks are needed for our required, academic courses. You can see if a textbook is required by looking at the course description when you are ready to enroll. For the majority of the textbooks needed, you can order them from a distributor of your choice, but students should check the notes for the specific section they are enrolling in to confirm course material requirements.
  • What is the difference between a certificate program and a professional concentration?
  • A Certificate Program is a series of courses providing in-depth study, so you can get the most up-to-date skills and information you need to excel in your chosen field, or transition to a new career. These professional education programs provide a minimum of 12 units (120 hours) academic credit. A UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education certificate represents a much deeper understanding of your industry beyond what a course or workshop provides. Some certificates prepare you to take accreditation exams or meet state-mandated requirements for continuing education.

    A Professional Concentration provides a highly focused sequence of study that can be completed in a year or less. These shorter programs (60-119 hours) focus on one facet of your profession. A Professional Concentration requires approximately half the number of courses as a certificate program.