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Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

A one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary program for people committed to peace and justice. Taught by experts with years of real-world experiences, the degree provides excellent preparation to enter the fast-growing field of mediation as well as other human-centered careers.

Delivery Method

Two on-ground five-day classes are required within the 12 course program (Thurs-Monday), however the remaining 10 courses can be completed in a fully online format.

Admission Requirements

2.75 GPA, No standardized exam, must have at least three years of work experience, otherwise an age waiver form needs to be submitted.

Transfer Policy

Up to six hours of graduate coursework, so long as it has not been applied to a previous degree. Dominican students in the BLS/BHS program may take additional courses to count toward both degrees.

Special Characteristics

  • The two five-day required courses, MCR 601 Mediation Skills Training and MCR 607 Negotiations may be taken as stand-alone certification courses.

  • Additionally, to earn a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, a student must complete MCR 601 paired with three other additional classes.

  • Although the semester runs for 16 weeks, the online courses are set up in an accelerated, eight-week format. Therefore, a part-time student enrolled in two courses per semester is really only taking one eight-week course at a time.

  • Students are required to take nine specific core courses, and then select three elective courses, either online classes, or practicum opportunities to get hands-on experience out in the field. We have various partnerships set up with Chicagoland schools, companies, non-profits and businesses so that students can learn first-hand.