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Enter the human services field, or a host of other careers, armed with a distinctive degree that will get you noticed.

This program is for motivated undergraduate students and working adults with a commitment to social justice and conciliation who want a fast track to a graduate degree. The skills and connections you will acquire in this unique program (which includes real-world experience and access to professionals working in the field of mediation) will set you apart and give you confidence as a problem-solver. Doors will open in the fields of mediation, restorative justice, law, labor relations, business, and human resources.

If you are interested in acquiring skills that are in high demand right now, the Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (MMCR) fits the bill. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 22% increase in demand for mediators nationwide from 2008­–2018. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks professional mediation as one of the "50 Best Careers," and Forbes deemed mediation one of "America's Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs."

This program not only lays the foundational knowledge for traditional social service careers that will enable you to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities, the conflict resolution training will broaden your options to other fields, ranging from labor relations and business to human resources and legal services. The conflict resolution program includes role-playing, real-world experience and one-to-one training from practitioners in the field of mediation. This combined degree, at its core, is about helping people through effective communication and problem solving.

What makes this unique program even more appealing to focused learners and working adults is its convenience and expediency. Certain MMCR courses count toward the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Human Services and MMCR degrees, reducing overall completion time by up to 9 credits—saving you time and money. BPS courses can be completed in the evenings on the campus of Triton College in River Grove or online. MMCR courses are completed at Dominican’s River Forest campus, online, or at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake.