Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution

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Online Application Information

Click here to begin your online application for either the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution or the graduate certificate program, including the Executive Coaching Certificate. Follow the instructions to create your account, complete your application, and pay your application fee online. The online application allows you to supply the email addresses for your chosen recommenders; the system will email them directly and provide access to the Recommender Form.  You will be notified via email as each recommender submits. If you are a full-time teacher, the Dispute Resolution program offers a tuition discount, be sure to request information on this scholarship opportunity.


Admission to the Graduate Certificate program requires submission of your final college transcript. Admission to the Master of Arts program requires submission of transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended, including transfer credits. Click here to access the transcript request form that you may print out and send to the granting institution(s) when requesting transcript(s). If your school participates in 'E-scripts,' we can accept transcripts sent directly from your school to  Please do not have transcripts sent to the main SMU campus PO Box address, use only the Plano address found on the Transcript Form.


If you are an International student wishing to apply to the Dispute Resolution program, and have not previously taken any academic coursework within the United States, you will be asked to submit a TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language).  This test is administered by the Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 (  The score must be reported to the Dispute Resolution office directly from The Educational Testing Service.  It is important when applying that you indicate on the TOEFL form the code number 5891 so that your score is sent to the Plano campus of Southern Methodist University.