Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management
The SMU Dispute Resolution Program offers rolling admissions throughout the academic year with priority admissions deadlines below.
Fall Term - June 1st
Jan Term - September 1st
Spring Term - November 1st
May Term - February 1st
Summer Term - May 1st
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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 conflict management. Dispute resolution skills can enhance current career paths or launch new careers.
Rooted in the social and behavioral sciences, the curriculum provides in-depth study of conflict theory with options for specialization in traditional conflict management, organizational conflict, and international conflict resolution as they apply to business, family, education, public policy, religion, law and healthcare.
Because conflict is a natural and recurring part of all aspects of society, training in dispute resolution can enhance the lives of individuals in a variety of professions and industries.
The 21-credit-hour 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 role-playing. Field-based opportunities in clinical settings further enhance the skills of conflict resolution.
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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).
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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.