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Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability FAQs

Below are some answers to Commonly asked questions about Seton Hall Certificate in Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability.

Who are the instructors for the P.C.R.S. online program? 
Students of the online P.C.R.S. program will be taught by professors who also teach on-campus diplomacy courses for the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

What are the admissions requirements for this program?
Acceptance will be based on criteria that include:

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Statement of purpose: one page statement stating previous accomplishments and the vision on how the certificate is related to future career goals
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation by an academic advisor or professional supervisor
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

International Students

  • English proficiency is required, via TOEFL or IELTS for international candidates whose native language is not English.
  • Candidates who completed a degree at a non-US or Canadian accredited institution must provide a course by course evaluation by a NACES member agency: http://www.naces.org/

How long will the program take to complete? 
The P.C.R.S. can be completed in 9 to 12 months.

Is there a campus residency requirement?
No. The certificate is fully online, with no residency or campus visits required.

What is the cost of tuition for the program? 
The P.C.R.S. consists of 15 graduate credits at $1,212 each, for a total cost of $18,180.

Is the program accredited?
The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), of which the School of Diplomacy & International Relations is an affiliate member, does not provide or require accreditation for individual certificate programs.

What will I learn in the program?
You will learn to:

  • Assess the role of cultural factors in analyzing conflict and conflict resolution practices.
  • Apply a range of theories, concepts and approaches to explain particular aspects of conflict.
  • Apply critical analysis to various conflict situations to identify the drivers of conflicts and their cultural implications.
  • Diagnose failings in the manner in which post-conflict countries have been aided in the past and to propose solutions with durable results.
  • Systematically and analytically assess peacekeeping and peacemaking approaches.
  • Develop procedures for truth and reconciliation commissions.

What differentiates this program from others?
Seton Hall University’s online P.C.R.S. is a unique opportunity:

  • Learn from prominent diplomats and practitioners – including the Sergio Vieira de Mello, Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-Conflict Diplomacy – through public lectures, class visits, and professional development workshops.
  • Make connections that matter through the School of Diplomacy’s unique alliance with the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and the United Nations Foundation.
  • Study in a leading international relations and diplomacy program and affiliated member with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).
  • Gain exposure to NGOs to learn how to assess challenges and opportunities in post-conflict efforts and strategize to policy in the immersion component of the program.
  • Study in an interactive curriculum that incorporates diplomacy through simulations, discussions, practitioner lectures, research, fieldwork, and case studies.

Are there set times to attend my classes?
No. You will have specific assignment deadlines and test dates, but you can complete your online coursework at times that are convenient for you.

How do I begin the application process?
You can start your application online.

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