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Undergraduate Certificate in Mediation


Mediation entails a third-party intervention designed to assist parties in managing conflict. Trained mediators are impartial process experts who learn to utilize communication and conflict philosophy and theories to increase the probability of more favorable outcomes between parties in conflict. The undergraduate certificate is designed for communication majors or any student interested in developing practical skills in alternative dispute resolution. The courses in this certificate focus on alternative dispute processes that include strategies for managing conflict in personal, public, legal, political, governmental and corporate contexts.

Certificate Requirements

The Undergraduate Certificate in Mediation requires 12 credits hours (four courses).

Required Courses

Students must complete the following core course:

  • 4262 Mediation

In addition, students must complete at least one of the following two courses (students who take both classes take one elective rather than two; students who take only one class must select two electives):

  • 4255 Negotiations and Bargaining
  • 4260 Communication and Conflict
Elective Courses

Students choose one or two additional class from among the following:

  • 2140 Argumentation

  • 3271 Communication and Diversity

  • 4240 Organizational Communication
  • 4282 Environmental Communication 
  • 4681 Communication Issues in Trial Court Practices and Processes

Students may be allowed to take courses other than those on this list to fulfill the requirements for the certificate if those courses fit their professional goals better. Requests for approval for different courses should be made in writing to Dr. Larry Erbert. Requests should include an explanation of the relevance of the course(s) to be substituted to the student's professional goals and the certificate. Such courses must be taught in the Communication Department at the University of Colorado Denver. Only one course may be substituted.

Grade and Residency Requirements

The grade of B or higher must be earned in each course completed as part of the certificate (a grade of B- is not acceptable). All of the credit hours for the certificate must be earned at the University of Colorado Denver.

Application Procedures

Students should apply for the Undergraduate Certificate in Mediation only after the completion of the required courses. To apply, students must print and attach the completed Mediation Certificate Application to an unofficial transcript. These documents should be submitted to Professor Larry Erbert for review. If the application is approved, a certificate will be mailed to the student at the end of the semester after final grades are posted. 

Non-Degree Seeking Application Procedures

If you are a non-degree seeking student, you can apply by downloading and completing the Application for Non-Degree Admission form and return it electronically or drop it off at the Office of Admissions. After your application for admission has been approved, you will be able to enroll for certificate courses.

Additional Information

Additional information about the Undergraduate Certificate in Mediation may be obtained from Professor Larry Erbert, Student Commons Building, 1201 Larimer Street, Suite 3008,