Certificate in Restorative Justice

This certificate includes courses that teach the foundational concepts and skills of Victim–Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) development, conflict management and restorative justice. This certificate is useful for those working in roles closely tied with the justice system and community-based organizations assisting in offender transitions, victim services or other restorative justice fields.

Unique Features

  • Hands-on experience in mediation and facilitation
  • Opportunities to volunteer with local victim-offender reconciliation program and restorative justice initiatives
  • Faculty are founding members of victim/offender mediation program in Fresno and leaders of the movement

Our Graduates

The purpose of this program is to prepare people to become trainers and leaders in developing victim–offender reconciliation and other restorative justice programs.


The following courses are part of this program. Please speak with an admissions counselor for specific course information.

When can I start?

Courses are in the semester format, beginning in the fall (August), spring (January) and summer (May).

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview (meet with program director for education plan)
  • Statement of intent (1-2 pages explaining your goals)
  • Three references (see form below)
  • Writing sample (copy of a recent paper you have submitted for a class or read an article related to your program of interest and give an analysis of it)
  • Official transcript of BA/BS degree
  • Letter of explanation if your GPA is under 2.75
Your admissions counselor may require you review the following documents during your application.

Further Info

Total Units: 15

Program information and tuition subject to change.


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