Wayne State University

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Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution



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The dispute resolution program is 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 including a range of dispute resolution activities such as labor and school mediation, commercial arbitration, family counseling, legal negotiation, and international diplomacy.  

All students participate in a practicum experience intended to strengthen student knowledge, introduce the students to new forms of dispute resolution and build professional relationships both inside and outside the university.

The department offers masters level work with an emphasis in Dispute Resolution, a joint program in Dispute Resolution and Law and Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution. For a more visual introduction to the program, or to access our learning management system (aka MADR Moodle), visit our MADR Learning Resources Hub. See also this one-page flyer about the Masters Program suitable for posting.

Graduates of the program serve as scholars and educators, while others occupy positions as communication and creative professionals, dispute resolution service providers and creative problem solvers.

For more information about the program, please refer to the navigation above, or download the M.A. & G.C. Handbook


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