Program Requirements 

The Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management (MADR) requires the completion of 36 credit hours with the option of concentrated study. Dispute Resolution offers rolling admission and start dates throughout the year with no enrollment minimums per term. Students are not required to take courses in any particular order or sequence with the exception of those courses that have established prerequisites. Also, enrolled students will work with faculty and staff advisors to plan and monitor degree progress and course selections.  The Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution may be completed in an intensive one-year plan, an average of two years, and not to exceed six years.  

Required Coursework (24 credit hours)

HDDR 6319 Psychology of Conflict
HDDR 6302 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
HDDR 6303 Mediation and Dispute Resolution
HDDR 6305 Law, Ethics, and Morality
HDDR 6315 Communication and Dispute Resolution
HDDR 6361 Gender & Culture in Negotiation
HDDR 6310 Research Methods
HDDR 6308 Capstone (Internship or Independent Study)

Elective Coursework (12 credit hours)

The concentration areas offered within the Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Program cover a broad spectrum of applications and topics. As an aid to planning, the following four concentrations have been set up to assist in the selection of elective coursework. All courses listed within concentrations can be taken as electives. Students select four HDDR courses from within concentration areas or across concentration areas depending on their needs. Course are offered on a rotation, therefore all courses may not be offered every term or year. 

Alternative Dispute Resolution Concentration (choose four)

Domestic Relations (Family Mediation)
Conflict Coaching
Online Dispute Resolution

Organizational Transformation and Conflict Management Concentration (choose four)

Workplace Conflict
Employment Law
Role of the Ombudsman in Organizational Conflict
Organizational Change Management
Designing Dispute Resolution Systems for Organizations

Executive and Leadership Coaching Concentration

Essentials of Executive and Leadership Coaching
Executive and Leadership Coaching Theory and Practice
Executive and Leadership Coaching in Context
Conflict Coaching

General Electives

Family Conflict: The 21st Century Family
Engaging in Conflict
Neuroscience: The Role of the Brain in Emotion, Collaboration and Conflict 
International Conflict Management
Organizational Consulting Skills
Generational Conflict