Learning centers on real-life challenges and projects.

IIRP graduate learning will support you to maximize the power of relationships, manage conflict and guide organizational change.

  • Blended coursework geared toward working professionals allows you to study where you live and work. 
  • Admitted students will be assigned a faculty advisor to plan and tailor their course of study.

A bachelor's degree or equivalent is required for all our academic programs.


Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices

This program will help you establish a firm understanding of how restorative practices works to distinguish you as a practitioner in your setting.

  • Two required courses and two electives.
  • No GRE required to apply.
  • You may complete your certificate within a year.

All courses taken for the Certificate can be applied toward a Master of Science after completion.


Master of Science in Restorative Practices

This advanced degree will prepare you to make systemic changes in your work environment and community.

Ten courses:

  • Four required courses provide a solid foundation in theory and practice.
  • Six electives, which may include independent study, let you to make the program your own.
  • 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. Students must complete the program within five years of being admitted.

Master of Science with Thesis

For students entering research-intensive careers or interested in eventually pursuing doctoral-level study, we offer a thesis option to enhance your Master of Science in Restorative Practices.

  • Available to IIRP students who wish to expand the knowledge of restorative practices by conducting original research.
  • After completing all coursework for the Master of Science (including two required courses in place of two electives), students enroll in RP 707: Thesis Seminar.
  • Students form a thesis committee with the guidance of a thesis advisor to conduct and publish original research.

The thesis usually takes one year to complete (must be completed within two years) and will be designated on the student's transcript.


"People want to believe they can change the world. At the IIRP, they learn how: how to change behaviors, build relationships and empower communities."

Eileen Cunningham '14
Connecticut, USA