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Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Program Code: 15061
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Start Dates: January, May, September
Program Length: 3 semesters
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Program Overview

From resolving community disputes, labour grievances and government accountability office complaints to representing clients in courts and tribunals, our well-rounded Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) graduate certificate program benefits those wanting to be trained dispute resolution specialists, as well as agents representing parties in various dispute resolution processes.

With a core curriculum spanning community mediation, administrative tribunals, court dispute resolution processes, employment/labour law, family law, conflict resolution in health care and conflict management system design, the program uses intensive workshop training and community engagement to teach the core principles of negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Applying these principles, students learn to resolve disputes between individuals, within families, businesses, stakeholders in the health sector, government and community agencies.

It is an ideal program for recent university graduates wanting to enhance their academic credentials, as well as those currently employed in areas such as law, human resources, insurance, community organizations, health care, education, social work, real estate and government.

Students have the opportunity to gain practical experience by applying the theory and skills they’ve learned at the Conflict Resolution Centre. This program is approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario, Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. 

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Courses

At Humber, courses are delivered in a variety of formats:

In-Person - An in-person course is delivered fully on campus.

Online Asynchronous (A) - An online asynchronous course has no fixed class schedule and allows students to engage with the course at different times according to their needs. Faculty provide modules, which are completed independently by the students according to established deadlines.

Online Synchronous (S) - An online synchronous course is delivered fully online and requires faculty and students to participate in real-time according to a fixed schedule. Classes are scheduled for a specific day and time.

Hybrid - A hybrid course is a combination of in-person and online classes and follows a set schedule. Students must be available to attend in-person classes at scheduled times during the semester.

The chart below outlines the delivery options available for each course in this program, by campus. For some academic terms, there may be more than one delivery option available. You’ll be able to select your preferred options when building your course schedule during open enrolment. Preferences for course delivery will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Some Humber programs are also delivered fully online, where all courses are delivered online.

International students: the impact of studying from outside of Canada on Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility differs significantly based on when you start your program. Please review the PGWP eligibility before choosing your program and course delivery.

Course code and Name Delivery Type by Location
Course Code Course Name North Lakeshore IGS DL/Online
Semester 1
ADR 5000 Introduction to ADR: Mediation and Negotiation N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5001 ADR Mechanisms within the Court Process N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5002 Administrative Tribunals: Practice N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5003 Ethics, Diversity, Inclusion & Power in ADR N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5004 Advocacy Skills for ADR Professionals N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5005 Community Mediation N/A In-Person N/A N/A
Semester 2
ADR 5006 Advanced Negotiation and Mediation: Case Analysis N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5007 The ADR Entrepreneur: Process Design N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5009 Employment and Labour Dispute Resolution N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5100 Family Mediation N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5115 Serving Vulnerable Persons & Managing Unideal Circumstances in ADR N/A In-Person N/A N/A
ADR 5130 Conflict Resolution in Healthcare N/A In-Person N/A N/A
Semester 3
ADR 5120 Field Experience - Alternative Dispute Resolution N/A In-Person N/A N/A

Work-Integrated Learning  

Students gain practical and professional skills through a mandatory four-week, unpaid (160 hours) which may be completed full time in the third semester.

Humber Advantages

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Double your employability with 2 times the education and experience!
Apply now for your first Graduate Certificate and get the opportunity for early admittance* into a second program in the following year. Stack your education to potentially earn credits that will lessen your course load in year two, allowing you to work or spend more time immersing yourself in Canadian culture! Extend your stay and double your employability skills through two work terms across two business programs. The extra year of studies will give you qualifications for a potential 3-year postgraduate work permit.

ADR Career Talks

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Watch the video to see what happens at ADR Career Talks.

Read our Alumni Success Stories

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Inspires Alumna to Create Pet Mediation Service

In 2021, Katie Mayerson, a seasoned professional with an honours Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Education, and thirteen years of experience working at a community health centre in Toronto, decided it was time for a change. Driven by her commitment to a life of service and a desire to expand her skills, Katie enrolled in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program in 2022.

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Alumni Tells How the Program Helped Launch Her Career in ADR

Joya is a certified Community Mediator, Assistant Researcher of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ontario for Humber College, and the Career Program Manager for Dress for Success Toronto. Read the article to learn more about her experience in Humber’s ADR Graduate Certificate Program.

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ADR Alumnus Excels Beyond Graduation

Brett graduated from Humber’s ADR Graduate Certificate Program with honors in 2019 and through his practicum at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, was able to work with the Human Rights Legal Support Center on Ontario Human Rights Tribunal mediations. Read more about his experience after graduation and how a Humber education advanced his career.

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IMPG Student Lands Exciting Role at CHUBB Insurance

Current Insurance Management program (IMPG) student and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) alumna, Lauren Ratcliffe, was recently extended a role at CHUBB Insurance. Lauren's ADR skillset set her apart and made her the ideal candidate for the role.

Your Career

Upon completing the program, graduates may find employment as a dispute resolution officer, conflict resolution facilitator, community outreach co-ordinator, conciliator, early resolution officer, employee relations officer or labour relations officer. They may also work independently as ADR consultants.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario

The program is recognized by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario as meeting the educational requirements for membership. Specific courses and program components may also be accepted for additional recognition toward industry certification(s).

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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International students can now apply to this program at Humber’s new International Graduate School (IGS).

Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students in Canada who apply for May 2024 start could be eligible for a $1,000 Scholarship*. Apply now

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International students can now apply to this program at Humber’s new International Graduate School (IGS).

Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students Out of Canada can Apply through Humber International

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Domestic Students

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If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Admission Requirements

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree

    or

    • A diploma in paralegal or law clerk studies

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a credential evaluation. Note, for international High school education course by course evaluations, ICAS must be used. For international post-secondary education, a WES evaluation must be provided. In situations where you expect to apply for transfer credit, it is recommended that a course by course WES evaluation is completed.

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Post-Admission Requirements

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Fees & Financial Aid

The 2024/2025 fee for three semesters is:

  • domestic: $4,550.16
  • international: $20,885.06

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

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Additional Costs

An additional registration fee of $440 applies to placements completed after the final semester of this program.

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

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Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

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  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
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