Interdisciplinary, human-centered education for the twenty-first century

The Graduate Liberal Studies and Dispute Resolution programs at SMU Simmons offer a wide range of interdisciplinary, skills-based master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs for professionals, community leaders, and individuals. You can pursue your lifelong intellectual passion, enhance your leadership contributions to your profession, or transform a career. At SMU Simmons, we believe that everyone benefits from building vital skills and examining the human condition from a variety of perspectives in order to meet the problems of the 21st century. Our interdisciplinary and professional framework will help you do just that.


Our students in this vibrant community represent a range of professional and community backgrounds as well as educational goals. Students pursue their passions, earn valued credentials, and take classes for the love of learning. The flexibility of the programs allows students to take courses in humanities, organizational dynamics, social justice, dispute resolution, executive coaching, healthcare collaboration, and conflict engagement.


The Graduate Liberal Studies and Dispute Resolution programs offer the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution, Master of Liberal Studies, Doctor of Liberal Studies, Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Executive Coaching Concentration, Healthcare Collaboration and Conflict Engagement Certificate, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. Join us and change the world by choosing one of our unique graduate pathways.