Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

Conflict is Everywhere. Opportunity is Here.

U.S. News & World Report has cited dispute resolution as one of the fastest-growing academic disciplines of the new millennium. Organizations are increasingly aware of the importance of positive interactions to enhance productivity, financial success, and personal satisfaction in the context of any professional or personal endeavor or relationship. All of these factors indicate that dispute resolution is one of the most marketable skills in today’s world of business and commerce.

Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

SMU's Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate Program provides its students with theoretical and practical knowledge, useful in all social and psychological environments. In this 21-credit hour program, students learn the art of negotiation, problem-solving, mediation, arbitration, team-building, group facilitation, and many other applications of dispute resolution. The program actively incorporates role-plays from varied aspects of human relationships to engage the student in class participation and to provide the skill and training necessary to become adept at the art of conflict resolution.


“Enhanced skills in negotiation, communication and management theory can be used in all aspects of your life and career.”

– Tom Hartsell, JD
Clinical Associate Professor


Study Abroad Opportunities

SMU Dispute Resolution faculty, students and guests, in collaboration with ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries), recently traveled to Rwanda to deliver peacebuilding and peer mediation training. Learn more.


Continuing on to the Masters

Graduate Certificate students may apply to the Dispute Resolution Masters program at any point in their coursework. If accepted, all 21 credits of your Graduate Certificate coursework will transfer into the Masters.

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