Admission Criteria

Courses can be taken for training as professional or personal development, or for university credit. Participants taking a course for training are strongly encouraged to complete course readings, but are not required to complete course assignments. Students taking courses for university credit will be expected to complete readings and assignments. A syllabus will be distributed by the beginning of each course.

All CSOP participants must have:

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. If English is not your first language and your education was not primarily in English, you will be required to submit a writing sample as part of the application process.
  • A secondary-school diploma and at least two years of university or equivalent work experience

Please note that CSOP’s admission process is independent of CMU’s admission process.  For admission requirements and procedures, please go to   For information on CMU new Masters of Arts in Peace and Collaborative Development, please go to

Application Deadline

The application deadline for CSOP 2019 is April 1, 2019.

Late applications may be accepted with a $50 late fee.

Course Requirements & Materials

All CSOP participants are expected to attend class sessions, which run from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., to engage in class activities, and to complete the basic reading assignments. Additional requirements for those earning academic credit will be included in the course syllabus.

Course syllabi and introductory readings will be available online prior to CSOP for those registered for courses. Those who do not have access to the internet will receive these materials upon their arrival. Course readers will be distributed the first day of each class. Books listed in the syllabi should be ordered ahead of time by participants.

The deadline for completion of CSOP 2019 academic course work is August 14, 2019.