Program Accredited by:
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO)
and IMAC-
The Comité d’adhésion et d’accréditation of IMAC (institution de l’Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ), le principal regroupement multidisciplinaire et centre d’accréditation de médiateurs et d’arbitres au Québec), regulator of Quebec mediators and arbitrators has approved Carleton’s GDCR  program. Therefore, completion of this diploma is recognized  to satisfy all training requirements for civil and commercial mediation in order for graduates to be certified as a mediators in Quebec.

Whether you are working towards professional advancement in your field, beginning a new career, or interested in applying these skills in a personal or community context,Carleton University’s Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution (GDCR) will help you develop the knowledge and skills to improve your ability to intervene in a variety of conflict and dispute contexts.

Consider enrolling in the program, or, if you aren’t ready to commit to 18 months of study, consider simply taking a course (become a special student here). Classes are offered at times tailored to suit the busy lives of working professionals. It is sure to be two weekends that change your life.


After 20 years of success, Carleton’s Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution Program is in the process of building on its strengths with updates to suit busy 21st century professionals and graduate students.

With a new focus on experiential learning, working in collaboration with existing stakeholders, our program has renewed leadership, with Director Dr. Rebecca Bromwich at the helm since fall 2016.

The GDCR (formerly Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution) is a university-accredited program founded by Dr. Cheryl Picard, and is offered at the graduate level through the Department of Law and Legal Studies. The diploma is unique in Canada and engages students in contemporary theories and practices of conflict and dispute resolution with a special emphasis on building students’ capacity for the constructive prevention, management and resolution of conflict and dispute.

Students graduating from the program will meet the academic criteria for Chartered Mediator from Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ontario.

What makes the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program distinctive?

  • Faculty – students are taught by individuals who are both researchers and practitioners in their field of specialization.
  • Independent Learning Initiative (ILI)- is a core component of each course. The ILI involves journaling, role-playing and self-insight activities that encourage students to become aware of their strengths and challenges as conflict practitioners.
  • Skills Assessment – Undertaken after the completion of all course work, the Skills assessment provides students with a clear indication of their level  of competency to work as a sole practitioner.

Please note: as a professional as well as academic environment, the GDCR program offers small class sizes.  Like other professional programs, the fee structure differs from that of other graduate programs.

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