CONTACT Low-residency Graduate Certificate Program

Participants are selected for their maturity, life and work experience, educational background, proficiency in English, and the capacity to apply skills and theories of peacebuilding in their professional lives. Participants include nonprofit and NGO administrators and field staff; human rights workers; humanitarians and social workers; government employees; and professionals in the field of law, medicine, and religion.

This program is popular with professionals who have a higher degree in another field and are looking to increase their understanding of conflict transformation and peacebuilding. It also appeals to individuals who are unable to leave their work or communities to enroll in a residency-based program and are therefore seeking a one-year, low-residency program to add to their professional and educational credentials.

How to apply to the CONTACT Graduate Certificate program

Apply online to the CONTACT Low Residency Graduate Certificate Program. Please submit the following materials via your online application.

  • Your résumé or curriculum vitae in English.
  • A $50 (US) application fee. No application will be processed prior to receipt of this fee.
  • An essay of approximately 1,000-1,500 words responding to all three questions posed, plus an additional essay of approximately 500 words responding to the two other questions for the CONTACT Certificate program.
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
    Note: In some countries the term "transcript" may not be used by colleges and universities and thus may not be a familiar term. To be official, a transcript must include the following information: (1) the dates you attended the institution; (2) the titles of the specific courses or subjects in which you were enrolled; (3) the number of hours of instruction or other learning involved in each course or subject; (4) the grade, mark, or other evaluation you received for each course or subject; and (5) any degree, diploma, certificate, or other qualifications awarded for completion of studies. To be official, the document(s) must contain the institution's stamp or other certification which clearly indicates authenticity. In cases where the above requested information is not available, an applicant should consult the Graduate Admissions Office at or at 1-802-258-3510 (outside the US) or at 1-800-336-1616 (toll-free in the US) for advice on the best way to proceed.
  • Two (2) letters of reference in English. (The reference writers should complete your reference online after you’ve clicked the “Send Request” button in your online application.) If possible, please send the letter from your current or most recent supervisor who knows your work.
  • Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate their ability to participate in a graduate-level academic program in English through a standardized exam such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or through other indicators of English language proficiency, such as a phone interview, certificates of English language study, or reference letters.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
A limited number of competitive scholarships are available to participants of the Graduate Certificate program. These scholarships cover only tuition expenses, and do not cover room, board, transportation, visa fees, the Mid-Year Field Seminar, or other personal expenses. Participants are encouraged to seek out funding sources within their own communities or organizations to cover the cost of participation.

Federal financial aid is not available for this program.

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