Dispute Resolution (M.A.D.R.)

The M.A. in Dispute Resolution is an interdisciplinary master's degree program housed in the Department of Communication.

The Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution (MADR) offers a challenging program, informed by a multicultural perspective, in the growing and recognized field of dispute resolution. As an interdisciplinary field, grounded in the fundamental idea that dispute resolution techniques are inherently democratic in giving voice to disputants, the program provides practical and academic experience that constitutes the range of dispute resolution activities: community, civil and school mediation, organizational and family dispute intervention, legal or business negotiation, and international peacemaking and diplomacy.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission standards of the Graduate School. In addition, at least a 3.0 grade point average in the upper division of undergraduate coursework is required. Applicants must submit a personal statement of one-two pages outlining their interest in the program and three letters of recommendation.

This master's degree is offered as a Plan C program only. It requires the completion of the core curriculum (twenty-four credits) plus a minimum of two approved elective courses (minimum of six credits). All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts. A 3.0 grade point average. is required; if a grade below ‘B’ is received in any core course, the course must be repeated promptly and a grade of ‘B’ or above obtained. A grade of ‘B’ or below in any two graduate courses will constitute a sufficient basis for dismissal from the program. Students are expected to file a Plan of Work upon successful completion of nine graduate credits. Upon approval of the Plan, the student's rank will be changed from ‘applicant’ to ‘candidate,' provided the grade point average is at least 3.0

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum24
Introduction to Graduate Peace and Security Studies
Communication, Culture, and Conflict
Human Diversity and Human Conflict
Roots of Social Conflict
Concepts and Processes of Dispute Resolution I: Negotiation Theory and Practice
Concepts and Processes of Dispute Resolution II: Neutral Intervention Theory and Practice
Practicum in Dispute Resolution
Final Seminar in Dispute Resolution
Electives (minimum 2 courses) 16
Total Credits30
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In addition to the core courses, students are required to take a minimum of two electives, adding up to six credits minimum, from courses offered within the Department of Communication or by other Departments across campus. A list of some possible electives, organized by theme, is available on the MADR web page. Electives should be selected in consultation with the academic director of the dispute resolution program.