Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution

Whom does this course of study serve?

Because conflict is a natural and recurring part of all aspects of society, students from all walks of life benefit from a Master of Arts in the study of dispute resolution and conflict management. These skills can enhance current career paths or launch new careers.

What are the benefits of completion?

Rooted in the social and behavioral sciences, the curriculum provides in-depth study of conflict theory with options for concentration in alternative dispute resolution, organizational transformation and conflict management, executive coaching, and healthcare collaboration and conflict engagement as they apply to business, family, education, public policy, religion, law and healthcare. Field-based opportunities in a variety of settings further enhance the skills of dispute resolution and conflict management.

Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

Whom does this course of study serve?

Because conflict is a natural and recurring part of all aspects of society, training in dispute resolution and conflict management can enhance the lives of individuals in a variety of professions and industries.

What are the benefits of completion?

The seven-course program offers a solid foundation in conflict theory and skill development. Students learn the skills of negotiation, problem solving, mediation, arbitration, and systems design through classroom instruction that includes simulations.

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Collaboration and Conflict Engagement

Whom does this course of study serve?

This program is designed for physicians, healthcare administrators, nurses, healthcare human-resource professionals, and those who seek healthcare leadership roles.

What are the benefits of completion?

The three-course curriculum teaches engagement and collaborative skills that are grounded in evidence-based social science, fundamentals of neuroscience, emotional and social intelligence, and the fundamental concepts of conflict and conflict escalation and de-escalation.

Executive Coaching Certificate

Whom does this course of study serve?

One of the fastest-growing fields of management consulting in America, SMU’s Executive Coaching program is designed for individuals who want to work as executive coaches or coaching consultants.

What are the benefits of completion?

The 3-course curriculum offers theoretical and applied training in the areas of assessment and interviewing, transitional coaching (used with individuals who need to adapt to new work environments), developmental coaching (used for accelerating the development of high-potential leaders), and performance coaching (used with leaders who need to overcome performance issues).