Many of our students already have advanced degrees. Some come for the learning itself, not just the degree, because they have a passion to explore the dynamics of relationships. They seek a reliable and a powerful practice that builds social capital and helps individuals take agency in their lives and achieve a stronger civil society.

Our faculty and graduate students engage in reflection, scientific inquiry and academic discussion, drawing on theory as well as their own professional practice and personal experience. Students customize a program with faculty that speaks to their specific interests to push their thinking forward, synthesize new ideas and take action within their own communities.

The students that come to the IIRP are:

  • motivated by a sense of justice to create a more fair and participatory world.
  • determined to learn how to manage conflict and foster respect and empathy.
  • eager to engage individuals to have voice in decisions that impact them.
  • hungry to foster responsibility and learn how to hold people accountable for their actions.


Academic Year 2016-2017

Conflict Resolution 11 5.76%
Counselor 6 3.14%
Criminal Justice 4 2.09%
Executive Leadership 5 2.62%
Human or Social Services 16 8.38%
Other 61 31.94%
School Administrator 27 14.14%
School Counselor 18 9.42%
Teacher 39 20.42%
Youth Worker 4 2.09%

Our students have listed their profession as: teacher, school counselor, school administrator, criminal justice professional, counselor, social worker, youth worker, executive leadership, pastoral work, conflict resolution, human or social services, agency director, college faculty, attorney, librarian, music therapist, school-based restorative practices facilitator, software engineer, community organizer, director of college residential life.

The majority of our students are from outside of Pennsylvania; many are from outside the U.S.

Students Globe 2018