The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution (MCR) is a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary program for people committed to peace and justice.

Students in the conflict resolution program learn to examine and how to resolve disagreement from a variety of perspectives with guidance from experts and professionals in the fields of mediation, restorative justice, law, labor relations, business, human resources, psychology, theology and more. You’ll benefit from the expertise of our professors who bring years of experience to the classroom. The convenient low-residency format allows students to earn their degree from anywhere in the world while working full time.

Taught by experts with years of real-world experience the degree provides excellent preparation to enter the fast-growing field of mediation as well as a variety of other related human-centered careers.

In addition to the master's degree, Dominican offers two certificate options in conflict resolution, including the Cook County Circuit Court-approved Mediation Skills Training, which can be later applied toward the master's degree.

You’ll also have the option of completing a practicum course to gain real-world experience assisting a professional mediator or serving in an administrative capacity in a nonprofit organization. Dominican has deep roots with several service-oriented community partners, opening a variety of practicum opportunities.

The Curriculum

The MA in Conflict Resolution is offered in a convenient, mostly online format. You will complete two five-day intensive courses on campus, with the remaining courses completed online. This provides the best of both worlds: personal interaction with faculty and peers with the flexibility and convenience of online learning. The MA in Conflict Resolution is:

  • Designed for working professionals with a bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Offers year-round acceptance policy—you can start at your convenience
  • Seeks to ensure personal attention from professors and advisors
  • Provides hands-on practicum opportunities within the field
The Results

In addition to mediation, the education and experience you’ll gain can help you enter or advance in other careers, including counseling, education, social work, human resources, nonprofit leadership, business management and more.

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